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EVA Audio Recording on Remastered C&C games.
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:33 am    Post subject:  EVA Audio Recording on Remastered C&C games.
Subject description: She is back and better than ever! Welcome back, EVA!
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Welcome back, community! Sorry for the recent silence. I've been too much focused on my PhD recently, specially the awful maths around it and there were some other real life things too, but nothing serious at all. Anyway, some hours ago, Jim Vessella, the producer of the next EA remasterizations of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1 has posted another one of those updates showing some interesting tibdits of the development of these projects. This time, the subject is EVA voice recording. Here's what he says:

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Fellow Command & Conquer fans,

First we would like to say thank you for all the feedback on the gameplay teaser reveal back in October. We’ve made an effort to read every comment that came through on Reddit, along with feedback posted in Discord and other media channels. We’ve been categorizing the feedback into various buckets, and exploring which items are feasible to tackle within the original source code and our overall production schedule. Alongside this effort, the team has already been addressing some of the low-hanging fruit items, such as the team color inaccuracies called out in many of the comments.

For the update this month, we wanted to share the approach we’re taking for one of the most important characters in the franchise: EVA. We wanted to start with a behind-the-scenes story of what it was like to record the original voice over, and then describe how we’re planning to remaster this iconic character. Below is an overview from Frank Klepacki on this experience:

“Because C&C Tiberian Dawn was breaking new ground for us at the time, and the first game in the series to kick things off, our audio department was really experimenting with trying to see what would work well. We only had just begun acquiring improved gear, but we were making do with whatever limitations we had to work with, such as average microphones, preamps, and the not-so-practical rooms we recorded in. It was the wild west of development – we cast people within Westwood Studios for various voice roles. One larger voice role however, was the part of EVA. Kia Huntzinger worked at Westwood, and our Audio Director Paul Mudra thought she might be a good fit based on hearing the recorded voice messages she left on our phones and paging she did over the intercom system. In many ways, she was the unofficial voice of the company once you made it past the front door because we listened to her throughout the day. She was excited to give it a shot, and the original voice session was recorded in a padded closet! Everyone liked the quality of her voice in that role, and the rest is history.

Unfortunately the original tapes of Kia’s performance were not found – but that being said, there is definitely inherent noise, and noticeable rumble throughout the original games files, which would have needed a lot of clean up. So we did the next best thing – we hired her to reprise her role, this time in a professional recording room! And fortunately for us, she still sounds very close to the way she did years ago.”

On a personal note, I’m so excited that Kia is reprising her role as EVA in the Remaster project. As with many of you in the community, Kia’s voice has been embedded in my subconscious after playing Tiberian Dawn over the past 24 years. In the same spirit as Frank and Petroglyph themselves, Kia has brought an authenticity to the project which just couldn’t be achieved in any other way. Kia wanted to do this for the fans and approached the recording full of passion and eagerness. We’re forever thankful to Kia for contributing to this remaster journey, and hope everyone in the C&C community will appreciate her performance. As a sneak preview of this content, Frank has compiled a sampling of Kia’s original and remastered audio lines for your listening pleasure. And of course, if you do want to play the Remaster with the original voice over for nostalgia sake, we’ll have that as an option too.

Now, some of you may be asking how we’re going to approach the “Announcer” for Red Alert. In terms of history, the Red Alert announcer was performed by Martin Alper, who also happened to be the President of Virgin Interactive Entertainment at the time. Sadly, Martin Alper passed away a few years ago, and we didn’t feel it would be the same to replace his performance with another actor. So therefore we’re going to keep that in its legacy form for the Remaster, and Frank will do his best to clean up the original audio.

We know you’re eager to see more gameplay details as well (especially around Red Alert), and will aim to share more of that content in the new year. Please continue to provide your comments in the thread below, and we hope everyone has a great holiday season.

Cheers,

Jim Vessella

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And the voices can be heard (you may need to click the picture below few times in order to run it):

 



Quite enjoyable result, isn't it? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Key Words: #News #CommandAndConquer #CommandAndConquerRemastered #RedAlert1Remastered 

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djohe
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not a fan of the new recording ones, it does not capture the orignal feel and passion of EVA and sounds more like someone trying to be EVA even tho it is same person doing it.  Sad

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TAK02
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

djohe wrote:
I am not a fan of the new recording ones, it does not capture the orignal feel and passion of EVA and sounds more like someone trying to be EVA even tho it is same person doing it.  Sad

Seconded, unfortunately Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait, Was that the same voice actor/actress or just the voices remixed?
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same actress, who is just 24 years older now. And to be honest, I don't agree with you guys. I think it is better now, even the entonation.

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Anderwin
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sound so much better, Love it!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the new ones, I get the feeling that the artist starts at a distance and then comes closer to the mic as the voiceover progression is about in the middle.

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