The Almost Complete Guide to Voice Changers
The truth is that voice changers offer anonymity for whatever reason you choose to use them. In the world of the private investigator or spy, voice changers can not only come in handy but are widely used to allow them access to information that they might not have gained with their own identity. This makes the voice changers a very important tool for people in this line of work.
If you are looking for a voice changer, here's some of the best voice changer gadgets available:
(Editor's Note: This article was written in 2008 and technology has changed greatly since then. We have removed links to items that are no longer available. For a current selection of voice changers, please take a look here on Amazon. They also have a good selection of voice changer apps for your cell phone here.)
Simple and Affordable Voice Changers
The Telephone Voice Changer 1 is a basic gadget. It extends to the consumer a quality system that is easy to use and not expensive. You can own this voice changer for between $20 to $30. It is small and light weight so it can be taken anywhere. To use it you simply hold and speak into the phone so it can be used on any phone, anywhere. This is a perfect voice changer for people on the go. (Thjis item is no longer available, but this basic voice changer should work well.)
The Telephone Voice Changer II is a very simple and basic device that doesn't have a lot of features but is effective for the most part. It is primarily used for office phones and will not work on cell phones or cordless telephones. Desk phones still have cords and most companies have not gone cordless so it works out perfectly in this regard. The device easily attaches to the handset in one simple step and you are done. There are eight different voices to choose from including both male and female genders as well as elderly sounding voices. I have seen it sell for as little as $30 to as much as $100.
Professional Grade Voice Changers
For individuals in the professional field who need the highest quality voice changers with special features there are a couple that meet these needs. First, the Portable Professional Voice Changer is compact for traveling and has the capability to work with all phones. This voice changer is a little different than the cheaper models because it has a dial that allows you to adjust the pitch of your voice so the sound you make is distorted to 16 different levels. This product usually costs around $200 or so. (Buy here )
Now for the Professional Voice Transformer , this is a little more expensive. You can expect to pay between $500 to $700. This voice changer doesn't work with cordless handsets or cell phones but luckily it does come with a hands free headset. One of the best features that this particular unit provides is that it can store voices in 8 different memory units so you can always have the exact setting you need for specific calls. This aspect allows you to easily keep your cover.
Voice Changers Specially Designed For Cell Phones
Cell phone users that require (or desire) voice changers can breathe a little easier. There are affordable models for you to choose from. Ajoka is a well known manufacturer located in China. Their voice changers not only offer a very real sounding difference in the gender or tones of voices but also an element in this device which can make a slight echo thus portraying a creepy and almost devious or maniacal sounding pitch.
Chintaho Technology Co, LTD located in Taiwan, provides its own version of these cell phone voice changers called the JJ-004 Mobile Phone Voice Changer. It is comparable to most others but has a few different features. One of the best unique qualities this little tool has is the call filtration system. If that is important to you then looking into this company's model might be beneficial.
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Spyville sells voice changers that are rather inexpensive at $30 but they do not have the super cool or unique features that the higher priced items have. For instance there are only four different voices you can utilize on this gadget. On the one hand if your needs are basic and quite limited as to how you want to use it this would be a pretty decent investment. It is definitely for personal use as opposed to professional private eye type of work.
Smallest Voice Changer in the World
And now for the ultimate in portable and affordable... the keychain voice changers. The Keychain Telephone Voice Changer is selling for around $20-$35 through various spy sites. It is highly versatile and has extreme settings for obvious practical jokes as well as reality settings for disguising your voice perfectly. It can be used anywhere and with any phone as it is a hand held, directly speaking mechanism.
While there are several software programs and apps out there that can provide the same level of anonymity, features, and over all quality, today I am all about the gadgets. These voice changing devices are widely used across the globe for various reasons but remember to check the laws in your region as there might be regulations banning the gadgets or merely setting specific limitations for using them. For curiosity's sake let me leave you with a question: if you had one, what would you do with it?