Why Does Your Voice Sound Different When It's Recorded?

If you've ever listened to a recording of yourself and thought you sound completely different, you're not alone. But more than that, you were also correct. Here's why it sounds different.

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You see, when you speak, you hear your voice as other people do, but you also hear a contribution which comes from vibrations passing through your skull. In this video, Greg Foot explains how that changes what you hear—and why, sadly, the recording of your voice is actually how you sound to everyone but you. [YouTube]

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Ohh fuck me. This is something ive always wondered. And hoped that the conclusion was that everybody hears the wonderful charming me i think i sound like and that recoded voice only sounds bad to me while everyone else hears it much better.

Wel giz thanks for ruining that. I was better off being delusional than knowing the truth that i sound as horrible to other people as i think i sound on tape. Infact youre saying the taped version of me is how i sound like even live to people!!! This is worse than i imagined.