Why Does Your Voice Sound So Different On A Recording?

Why Does Your Voice Sound So Different On A Recording?

When you hear your voice on a recording, it's hard to quell a feeling of distaste. "Is that really what I sound like?" you might wonder. And unfortunately, the answer is yes, because that voice is unaffected by bone conduction. When you speak, your vocal cords cause vibrations to pass through your skull, and your skull's acoustics lower the frequency of your voice's sound waves. Subsequently, you perceive your voice as deeper and more resonant than it actually is.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    When played back on a recording, your voice sounds higher and tinnier than the one you hear when speaking. (0:16)

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    Your skull lowers the frequency of the vibrations made by your voice. (0:41)

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    Most people dislike the sound of their own voice on recordings because they're accustomed to the deeper version conducted by their bones. (1:24)

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