why do I sound different on recordings?

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i want to know why i sound so different on my voice recordings?? i always know this is the case but i never know why?? is it me or is it the machine??
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i want to know why i sound so different on my voice recordings?? i always know this is the case but i never know why?? is it me or is it the machine??
It's totally normal. The "voice" of your own that you hear is distorted as it travels through the skull. The recordings are what you'd sound like to other people. I listen to recordings and think "what a ****".
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Because your ears need cleaning
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The quality of the equipment used also matters a great deal, I had to produce a radio recording as apart of my course and my voice sounded good. However I was using a £200 mic and a £200 minidsic machine. This was then inputed to a £500 soundcard. If I recorded it on a cassete recorder with a built in mic my voice would sound awful as the recording would have very limited bandwidth.
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i want to know why i sound so different on my voice recordings?? i always know this is the case but i never know why?? is it me or is it the machine??
you hear yourself different to what other people hear you as, when u hear ur voice on tape, this is how u sound to most other people. terrifying innit.
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The quality of the equipment used also matters a great deal, I had to produce a radio recording as apart of my course and my voice sounded good. However I was using a £200 mic and a £200 minidsic machine. This was then inputed to a £500 soundcard. If I recorded it on a cassete recorder with a built in mic my voice would sound awful as the recording would have very limited bandwidth.
it always comes down to you and your expensive audio equipment, doesn't it?
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yeah its so scary, i always thought my voice was good. but i when i hear myself on recordings, i so sound like a ****.
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it always comes down to you and your expensive audio equipment, doesn't it?
Not mine, my universities, I only have cheapo crappy £10 mic from Maplin and a 1970's cassete deck.
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Not mine, my universities, I only have cheapo crappy £10 mic from Maplin and a 1970's cassete deck.
cassette deck? thought they were destroyed by the dinosour wipe out...?
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you hear yourself different to what other people hear you as, when u hear ur voice on tape, this is how u sound to most other people. terrifying innit.
But then again, if other people could hear you how you sound to yourself, they would probably think it sounded awful and not a bit like you.
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Apparently I ahve a really deep voice. I never noticed that till I heard a recording of my voice.
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cassette deck? thought they were destroyed by the dinosour wipe out...?
Lol no a lot can be said about a good cassete deck, a good one is actually better than Mini Disc in terms of sound quality. Still its a long way off from CD or vinyl.
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i heard somewhere or other that we have a projected image (image being the wrong word) of how we sound, and just take it for granted that we sound like that, even though we dont actually. so there.
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thanks for all the reply, but i am even more confuse than before. i guess its basically you and other people hear your voice differently??
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I sound lousy on a recording, and it's sort of freaky that that is how you sound to other people.
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thanks for all the reply, but i am even more confuse than before. i guess its basically you and other people hear your voice differently??
yes, because your voice vibration goes a) out of the mouth, in the air, and to the ears; and b) from your vocal cords, through the skull and brain, to the ear. these to paths interfere, causing a different sound timbre than other people would hear
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Yeh! I sound horrendous on recordings and it freaks me out thinking that I MAY sound like that in real life!
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(Original post by elpaw)
it always comes down to you and your expensive audio equipment, doesn't it?
more important is how you use it
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