VocaliD Voice Types

Would your friends describe your voice as a feather or a motorcycle?

Discover Your Voice Type

TO CELEBRATE THE UNIQUENESS OF EACH VOICE while identifying patterns across speakers, VocaliD developed a taxonomy of 16 *distinct voice types. Explore the full list of VocaliD voice types.

The VocaliD voice types are based on four binary features:

  • Respiratory Drive (Soft/Loud)
  • Vocal Pitch (High/Deep)
  • Breathiness (Breathy/Modal)
  • Resonance (Nasal/Oral)

Respiratory Drive is the amount of force behind your voice, making it either loud or soft.

Vocal Pitch lies on a continuum of high to deep based on age and gender.

Breathiness is determined by how much air usually escapes past your vocal folds when voicing.

Resonance is based on whether your voice primarily resonates in the nasal cavity or the oral cavity.

Steam

Steam

SHBN

Feather

Feather

SHBO

Beach Ball

Beach Ball

SHMN

Candy

Candy

SHMO

Cushy Sofa

Cushy Sofa

SDBN

Cocoa

Cocoa

SDBO

Bowtie

Bowtie

SDMN

Brook

Brook

SDMO

Whistle

Whistle

LHBO

Windmill

Windmill

LDBN

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

LHMO

Crystal

Crystal

LHMN

Kettle

Kettle

LHBN

Motorcycle

Motorcycle

LDBO

Armor

Armor

LDMN

Anchor

Anchor

LDMO

*NOTE: Men, women, and children of various ages may all have the same voice type, in fact, all of these categories are relatively defined, and none are better or worse than others.

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