Why do we sound different on a recording?

Hey guys, it’s me, that guy, you know, the one that can’t type and took like 6 tries to type this sentence alone – yeah, that one. Anyway, enough of the long cliche openers, today’s question is; why do we sound different on a recording compared to when we hear ourselves normally? Well, it’s actually quite a simple answer and it’s to do with how we hear ourselves.

So, when we usually hear people we hear them through our ears, and that’s just basic knowledge, that’s what you know in preschool, but here’s the thing; we don’t hear ourselves through our ears. I know, mind blown. Anyway, the way that the sound from our vocal cords gets to our ear drum is through our skull, rather than the conventional way of our ear canal. What this does is it spreads out the sound waves and as the sound waves spread further apart the frequency lowers, meaning that you hear yourself in a deeper pitch as opposed to how someone else would hear you.

So that begs the qustion; what does that have to do with how we sound on a recording? Well, when you hear yourself on a recording, you hear your own voice through the conventional way of the ear canal, meaning that the sound waves don’t travel through the skull first, meaning that the pitch is raised compared to how you would usually hear yourself. Now, this is the reason that people don’t like the sound of their own voice:
1) Because men think they sound manly and deep voiced when they don’t…
2) You aren’t used to this voice and your brain doesn’t see it as being you so the unfamiliarity creates a natural opposition.

Thank you all for reading and I hoped you enjoyed and learned something new – like if you did enjoy this post, follow for more questions answered and message me if you have a question of your own.

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