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Why do i sound different on the microphone and how can i change it?

By Infinite100 ยท 11 replies
May 24, 2006
  1. :hotbounce Hello!

    When i talk/sing into the microphone i sound bad. I dont sound like me at all, please someone tell me how i can change this so it can sound better thx :slurp:
  2. nijinsky

    nijinsky TS Rookie

    you sound diffrent for one of two resons.

    1) The micro phone your using is of low quality hence it dosnt pick everything up properly, and can sound scratchy or garbeled.

    2) your sound card is responsible for picking up and relaying the sounds so if the card is of low quality you get a low quality sound pick up and out put.

    P.S. you always sound a little diffrent when hearing your self from a recording then how you do in your head.
  3. Draven_X

    Draven_X TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I would agree.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    If you have never heard yourself from a recording before, then the problem is not your hardware.

    As nijinsky said.. Normally you hear yourself with a lot of the sound coming directly through your skull from throat to ears. Not to mention that the sound carried by air is different because you speak directly to the microphone while you can not possibly speak directly to your ears.

    If you still suspect that there is something wrong with your microphone, ask a second opinion. Play the recording to someone who knows you and ask if it sounds very different from your normal voice.
  5. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    Looks like nijinsky's covered all the bases with why you sound different when you listen to yourself.. abit of a short summary :)

    How to change it you ask?? get a better quality microphone - one you buy from music/guitar shops not those you'd pick up from a toy store or pc shop (depending on what you want to achieve), and same applies to the "sound card"...

    If you want to pull off those wierd sounds like you see in those movies etc, or just EQ the thing.. then you'll need to 'edit' the way the sound is processed. Some can be done post recording, or you can get real time plugins/programs that changes the sound while its live (speaking to it)...
  6. Ruben

    Ruben TS Rookie Posts: 100

    one more thing that needs to be said: microphone you are using is (99.9% sure) an electret omnidirectional type. They are not bad for the price but they pick up sound from all over the place, i.e. all the reflection is sucked up by the mic (your ears "block" some reflected sound e.g. from rear)

    Move mic away from the PC. Try speaking from a larger distance, perhaps.
    If this does not help, this is probably mic quality itself.
  7. Infinite100

    Infinite100 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you!

    Thank you all but one more qustion!
    Is there a program that i can download that will make it so i record and talk into the microphone with effects like echos, sharpen the sound, and other stuff! If you can tell me that there is somthing like that and tell me where to get (I Prefer it to be free and i can get from a site) Thank you!?!
  8. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    after you record or while you're talking to it?
  9. Ruben

    Ruben TS Rookie Posts: 100

    not sure what you are asking about but there is loads of EAX stuff in my blaster x-fi software that I throw on mic while playing CS over net.
    This stuff scares n00bs nicely LOL.
  10. WinDoWsMoNoPoLy

    WinDoWsMoNoPoLy TS Rookie Posts: 252

    Haha, yes i like the one with my EAX software that changes voice to a "chipmunk". Ever listen to Slipknot with a chipmunk screaming? Its hilarious.
  11. Infinite100

    Infinite100 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    (N3051M Qustion)

    I want somthing to make cool sound effects to sharpen and have other stuff (Like Echoing my vocie) for both recroding and talking ito it! Thx
  12. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    you can use the sound card's programs, if it does it like creative's blaster aforementioned by ruben and windowsmonopoly's posts... otherwise, google is your answer on getting software..

    i'll give you an example of a program i've used previously (sorry, you'd have to google it and download it yourself):
    -audacity: freeware, basic wave editor that can also handle .mp3s and .ogg files, record and playback functions, can save files to .aup (its project file), .wav, .mp3 or .ogg. You will need to download the mp3 plugin if you wish to save as .mp3 though.. likewise with the .ogg.

    so as an example, you talk into the mic and record into audacity, then go to its effects menu with the bit you want to change the sounds and fiddle around with it till you find your sound effects...

    but yeh.. i dont know of any programs (that arn't paid, or freeware) that you can do real time effects.. but they do exist.. so have fun googleing :)

    fyi notes:
    -sharpen your voice can be achieved by speeding up the sound, (opposite for low voice), can also be achieved by fiddleing around with the EQ...
    -Echo can be achived with delay, and some sort of decay, or with reverb (sometimes people refer to echo as reverb...) but there are usualy echo plugins on most software..

    hope it helps :)
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