It sounds different because it is different. "When you speak, the vocal folds in your throat vibrate, which causes your skin, skull and oral cavities to also vibrate, and we perceive this as sound," explains Ben Hornsby, a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University. The vibrations mix with the sound waves traveling from your mouth to your eardrum, giving your voice a quality—generally a deeper, more dignified sound—that no one else hears.
Through a loudspeaker or recording device, you pick up sound only through air conduction. "The sound we're used to hearing has a lower frequency from the bone vibrations," Hornsby says. "We like that because it sounds rich and full." Many people cringe at the playback sound because our brain struggles to accept that this foreign voice is our own.
This article originally appeared in the July 2009 issue of Popular Science magazine.
well i just want to say the girl in the picture is flipping hot!!
I want to see her oral that mic.
Wow. Keep it in your pants, slimeballs.
So my question is, and always has been, which is the voice other people hear? From this article it sounds like the voice we hear from a recording is the real voice others hear. But I'm pretty sure that's not what most readers want to hear, including myself!
Amazing maybe I am a bit less primal than you all but I fail to see what her looks have to do with the story.
Now on to the story. Having been a singer for 30 years I understand why your voice sounds different and in the beginning I was amazed at the differences and apparently the differences are oddly enough are unique for each person. In my case my voice sounds deeper on tape a surprising fact since to myself when I speak my voice sounds quite a bit higher. Makes you more appreciateive as a singer to know that the reason you made it is that millions of people like the sound of a voice you will never hear naturally.
I am one of those people who has a terrific voice, in my head. I have listened to my voice recordings, I sound like a kid. If only I could broadcast my inside voice. Oh well.
1. Well, that explains alot...
2. What in the name of science are those two first comments?
Dang, you mean I don't really sound like James Earl Jones?
Imagine how James Earl Jones sounds to himself....
Also, dont forget that unless you use proper recordign equipment - the voice gets artificially mutated!!!
Phones mic for example already changes the voice from original - same for all the cheap mics.
@anonameat - by the sounds of it; you should probably washout your bunksock. LMAO.
@shutterpod - LMAO, NICE! :)
What determines if your voice will sound higher or deeper in a recording?
For example, when I listen to a recording of myself it's always very, very deep, whereas when I listen to other people on the phone or a recording their recorded voices are usually higher-pitched than their voice in person.
These changes (higher or deeper) are very uniform no matter what they're recorded on (a mic, a video camera, a phone, a cellphone) and played back on (computer speakers, cellphone, phone, answering machine). However, in which direction their voice goes (higher or deeper) seems pretty random and varies per person (someone with a deep voice may hear themselves with a higher voice in recording, whereas another person with a deep voice hearing their recorded voice as even deeper).
Is there a certain frequency (I'm not sure the correct term) of voices that determines whether it will be higher or deeper in recording? Something else?
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interesting article. thanks. I bet everyone wonders about this.
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I hate my voice. It sounds weird. I guess it is because we are not used to hearing it.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT.