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13: Voice Identification with Maria do Carmo Gargaglione

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

13: Voice Identification with Maria do Carmo GargaglioneMaria do Carmo Gargaglione is the Director of the Division of Digital and Technological Forensic Evidence at the Public Ministry of Rio De Janeiro.  She has been a speech-language pathologist for over thirty years.  She is an expert in voice identification, facial identification and handwriting analysis.  She began working in forensics in 2000 and began working for the Public Ministry in 2005. Since then, she has continued her education in the field of digital media forensics at any given opportunity, including the courses at the National Center for Media Forensics at the University of Colorado.  She was the first in Brazil to begin a division of digital media evidence with voice identification.

If you would like to contact Maria do Carmo, she can be reached by email at maglione@globo.com.

Now listen in as Maria do Carmo and Ed Primeau discuss different techniques used for voice identification, the importance of digital forensic work in Brazil, and advice for people interested in starting a career as an Audio Forensic Expert.

For more on Voice Identification, check out Ed Primeau’s latest book, “That’s Not My Voice!” available on Amazon.

5: How to Perform a Voice Identification

Monday, September 29th, 2014

5: How to Perform a Voice IdentificationVoice Identification (also known as Speaker Recognition) plays a very important part in the forensic world.  I practice voice identification regularly as an Audio Forensic Expert and I believe it is a viable and often crucial science when working on a forensic assignment.  I chose this topic for this podcast because I just released my new book “That’s Not My Voice!: A Practical Understanding of the Art and Science of Modern Voice Identification.”  In my book, I cover the basics of human hearing and my approach to voice identification.

How do you perform a voice identification?

The process of voice identification is done through multiple steps.  The first step is critical listening.  When you first receive a recording from a client, its important to listen through the recording in its entirety and take detailed notes on what you hear.  In order to continue with the voice identification process, an exemplar is needed as a comparison to the recording in question.  Exemplars are supervised recordings of predetermined spoken word samples strictly made for voice identification comparison.  Electronic measurement has become possible with audio software that include spectrum graphs.  This allows you gather notes on specific information on the frequency ranges of the two recordings.  Visual inspection of the waveform should be done next.  During this step, you will analyze and compare the waveform of each recording.  Words will have different lengths and varying levels for different syllables in the words.

Emergency Voice Identifications are cases where creating an exemplar of the voice in question is not an option.  This is typically when a threat has been called in to a company and they believe they know who called in the threat.  In these cases, I must use any possible recording of the accused person such as a recorded voice mail or outgoing voice message.  These are difficult cases but it is very important that the company stay in control of the situation before approaching the suspected person.

Now listen in with Ed Primeau as he discusses the Voice Identification and the steps that must be taken to accurately and effectively perform the process.

For more on Voice Identification, check out Ed Primeau’s latest book, “That’s Not My Voice!” available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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