Voice changer modification to fix the Kylo Ren Black Series helmet
UPDATE: There is a MUCH better solution for a Kylo Ren voice changer – check it out here.
So I just picked one of these Kylo Ren voice-changer helmets up today since I saw it available at Target. Luckily the wife obliged! Yes, it’s not superhero related but Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just awesome! And I loved Kylo Ren – so I’ve gotta do the costume.
The helmet itself is very accurate, lightweight, inexpensive (relatively), and has a voice-changer!
While I’m not impressed with the voice changer itself, it’s still kinda fun and I’m going to try to leave the electronics in if I can. If I find I need more room for padding, even pulling the electronics out of the black “encasement” and moving the battery pack somewhere else would help. That way I could keep the voice changer.
When I first tried on the helmet (after adding batteries), I immediately found that the voice changer is absolutely terrible. It reverberates throughout the helmet and completely garbles the speech. My wife couldn’t even tell what I was saying at all — just sounded like a mess. The only time it worked well was when my head was outside of the helmet … ? Looking at the helmet it was pretty clear it would need some changes, and a voice changer modification seemed like a good place to start with a fix.
Reading through different threads on theRPF, it really seems like no one has found a voice changer that actually works the way they want it to. For now the stock one will stay and I’ll pad / modify around it.
While working on the helmet today, I did find these voice changer modifications helped:
- Remove the parabolic disc that’s just behind the mic
- Remove the mic, and turn it around to face mouth
- this requires taking the assembly apart and re-gluing together
- Add a small piece of fabric between speaker and helmet to catch reverberation through the helmet
- Pad the helmet so that the mic isn’t so close to your mouth – maybe 2″ away (if you can)
Check out this video to see how it turned out:
What voice changer modifications have you done to this helmet or otherwise?