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Title: Voices
Post by: aventurine on August 08, 2010, 03:13:37 PM
Does everyone* hate the sound of their own voice, or is that just me?  I was just watching some videos I took on my cell phone.  I didn't realize it recorded audio as well.  I sound like a low-rent Jodie Foster, and that's being charitable.  



*non-professionals, obvy; I'd think this would not apply to pro voice users


Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Giggity on August 08, 2010, 03:15:01 PM
My voice is flat and nasal. I really don't like it. It sounds harsh and unfriendly.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: aventurine on August 08, 2010, 03:17:38 PM
My voice is flat and nasal. I really don't like it. It sounds harsh and unfriendly.

Harsh and unfriendly.  Mine does, too.  I always sound like I'm coppin' attitude.   :-\
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: JoanOfArc on August 08, 2010, 03:19:17 PM
I have a low, gravely voice for a female- people always recognize my voice on the phone.  I hate it, but I don't think their is anything I could do about it.  So I try not to think about it. 
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Aggiesque on August 08, 2010, 03:23:45 PM
I think it may universal... I don't like mine either! LOL
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Brentwood on August 08, 2010, 03:27:58 PM
I don't.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: aventurine on August 08, 2010, 03:33:31 PM
Re:  the phone

I've been told all my life that I sound like my sister, and here lately, my niece.  See, I like their voices!  Theirs are low and mellifluous, where IMO, mine's just country and kind of harsh.  I don't think I sound like either of them at all. 

Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Animala on August 08, 2010, 03:34:37 PM
I'm not fond of mine, but I've learned to control it.  I also have a difficult time with accents and cadence as I pick them up very easily.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: DangerMouth on August 08, 2010, 03:36:45 PM
When I was doing heavy phone work I deliberately cultivated a more 'musical' voice then the one I naturally possess, to the point where guys would tell me I had a 'sexy' voice. After a few years off the phones it's back to 'normal'- a little flat, unless I'm particularly animated.

I think voice-over work would have been fun.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: M-theory on August 08, 2010, 03:37:33 PM
I hate my voice. It's very deep for a woman, and I don't care how many people try to convince me it's "sexy" or "sultry," I think I sound like a 45-year-old chainsmoking man from Mississippi.*


*No offense to any 45-year-old chainsmoking men from Mississippi who might be reading.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Information_queen on August 08, 2010, 03:49:27 PM
I hate my voice. Or rather, what I hear in recordings. I don't mind my voice as *I* hear it, which is very different from what I hear on recorded media.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: blue2000 on August 08, 2010, 03:59:10 PM
I hate my voice. Or rather, what I hear in recordings. I don't mind my voice as *I* hear it, which is very different from what I hear on recorded media.

Same here. I think my voice is OK most of the time. But on recordings, I sound like a barbie doll. :-X
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: guihong on August 08, 2010, 04:22:21 PM
I remember coming home in tears one day in the sixth grade, because the music teacher sorted us all out by alto and soprano.  I was the only female alto, along with all the guys.  I even looked like a guy, so this was yet another blow  :-\.

I still have a deep voice, sort of like Bette Davis without any s*e*x appeal whatsoever, and if she spoke with a mushed together Ohio and Southern accent.

gui
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: MizB on August 08, 2010, 05:08:34 PM
I hate my voice. Or rather, what I hear in recordings. I don't mind my voice as *I* hear it, which is very different from what I hear on recorded media.

Same here. I think my voice is OK most of the time. But on recordings, I sound like a barbie doll. :-X

Me too! When my niece was very small she got this Barbie doll stuff for her birthday that had voice bites. My family always has me record the outgoing message on the answering machine and I sounded JUST like those sound bites.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Kaora on August 08, 2010, 05:16:07 PM
Eeeyeah I hate the sound of my own voice.  I think I am too nasaly with a midwest southern mashup.  BF says I sound cute, I think I sound annoying. =/
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Scotty Dog on August 08, 2010, 05:16:28 PM
Yes. To myself I think my voice is fine, but when I hear it played back I sound like a 12 year old.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Sirius on August 08, 2010, 05:29:50 PM
Does everyone* hate the sound of their own voice, or is that just me?  I was just watching some videos I took on my cell phone.  I didn't realize it recorded audio as well.  I sound like a low-rent Jodie Foster, and that's being charitable.  



*non-professionals, obvy; I'd think this would not apply to pro voice user


I can't stand the sound of my own voice taped.  I'm nasally and shrill.  I've been told I have a good singing voice, but I've heard tapes of me singing and it's awful.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Venus193 on August 08, 2010, 05:39:37 PM
For a voice freak, I pay no attention to the sound of my own voice.   I try not to mispronouce anything and I have mostly gotten rid of regionalisms, but I have no idea whether I sound pleasing or not.

When I attended broadcasting school they tried to make my voice sexy; they wanted to turn me into the next Allison Steele.  However, I didn't want to sound sexy.  So I don't think about it.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Clara Bow on August 08, 2010, 07:16:05 PM
I have a vicious Georgia accent if I'm not careful. I sound like something out of "O Brother Where Art Thou". Seriously. It's that bad. I also think that my voice is too low and not feminine.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Lisbeth on August 08, 2010, 07:25:33 PM
My voice sounds higher in recordings than it does to my ears.  I don't like it.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: aventurine on August 08, 2010, 07:26:30 PM
I have a vicious Georgia accent if I'm not careful. I sound like something out of "O Brother Where Art Thou". Seriously. It's that bad. I also think that my voice is too low and not feminine.

Bad as I think my voice is, I don't even have a discernable Southern accent.   ::)   All my life, I've had locals ask me where I was from.  "Right here, why?"  It's kind of country, but not recognizably Southern.  
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: whiterose on August 08, 2010, 07:32:18 PM
I speak too loud. And too fast. Even with SLP I still have to consciously remind myself to speak softer and slower.

That, and I have a very.odd.accent. It is either love it or hate it.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Pinky830 on August 08, 2010, 07:34:28 PM
I don't.

Why, Cathy, I seem to recall hearing that your voice was absolutely divine, and we all know you were a radio DJ.  :)

I think my voice sounds fine when I'm talking, but when I hear it recorded I cringe. It's low and sort of thick and muddy sounding, if that makes any sense. I do have a Southern accent, but it's not very heavy.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Samantha on August 08, 2010, 07:48:16 PM
I've always been a bit insecure about my voice... mainly due to an ex-boyfriend from when I was in middle/high school. I called and left a message on his answering machine, but instead of identifying myself, I said "Hey, it's me. Give me a call when you get in. I was thinking about going to see *movie" this weekend and wanted to know if you can go." Instead of calling me back... he called his cousin. His cousin Joshua.

As I've gotten older though, I've become more secure about my voice. I've been told by a few guys over the years that I have a voice that makes them think adult thoughts, and had another person (a former talent agent, actually) suggest that I look into doing voiceovers, but I have no idea how to get into that (and I've lost contact with the person that suggested it).
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Brentwood on August 08, 2010, 07:49:07 PM
I don't.

Why, Cathy, I seem to recall hearing that your voice was absolutely divine, and we all know you were a radio DJ.  :)

LOL - I don't know who told you my voice is "divine"! I haven't made my living as a DJ in 15 years.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: hot_shaker on August 08, 2010, 08:00:21 PM
My voice sounds higher in recordings than it does to my ears.  I don't like it.

This is my problem.  To me, I think I have a deeper sounding voice but it sounds so high-pitched on recordings.  I once had a friend tell me that I sounded sexy, like a phone sex operator  ::), and I've had other people tell me something similar when I'm congested. 

I'm choosing to believe that all recording equipment is wonky and I have a sexy throaty voice.  :)
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: aventurine on August 08, 2010, 08:03:05 PM
I'm choosing to believe that all recording equipment is wonky and I have a sexy throaty voice.  :)

I heartily endorse this point of view.  I believe I'll adopt it as well.   ;D
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Hanna on August 08, 2010, 08:07:32 PM
Sometimes I think I sound like a man.  I also get the "Well you don't sound like you're from the south" routine. Fine, but annoying.

And I was once asked if I'd ever done any telephone work.   :o
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: vorbau on August 08, 2010, 08:12:48 PM
I hate my voice and always have. Recordings are very different from how I sound to myself - on recordings I sound affected, higher pitched and slightly nasal. I also hate my accent. Years of drama, speech and voice lessons have done nothing to help, so I do my best to ignore it and avoid recordings. I cringe when I have to do something to my voice mail.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Master_Edward on August 08, 2010, 08:46:50 PM
I'm with you aventurine, I don't like the sound of my voice either.

Ed.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Eisa on August 08, 2010, 09:09:14 PM
I don't like the sound of my voice, either. To my own ears, it's just ok, but recorded, I sound like I'm about 10. People have told me that, too. :( It also just sounds...weird. Just yuck. Even when people tell me I have a pretty voice and a pretty singing voice, it's hard to believe them.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: GoldenGemini on August 08, 2010, 11:00:48 PM
When I am at work, I deliberately concentrate on lowering my voice an octave or twelve when I am on the phone.  I have got several offers of dates etc, and a customer-friend says I sound really sexy on the phone.  I don't answer it much, so it is not a constant thing.

However, at home, or when I am not concentrating/tired, I don't bother and apparently I sound like a two-year-old who got to Mummy's phone first!  MG has played back my messages sometimes when I leave one, and they are right.  I sound like a small child!  No wonder telemarketers always ask me if my parents are home!
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Sahaira on August 08, 2010, 11:15:25 PM
I really don't like how I sound on the phone. I could easily be (and often am) mistaken for a dude. I CAN make it sound sexy if I try, but I really don't feel the need to sound like a p0rn actress while I'm at work. I try to go up an octive when I'm speaking in front of a group, but it's difficult to hold it that way for too long. Also, I speak in monotone. I try not to, but if I try to add inflection I just sound like I smoked a bunch of crack. That comes from a teacher making fun of my voice when I was younger :(

I do realize that it could be a lot worse though. I would personally rather have a low voice than a high-pitched squeaky one. It just wouldn't suit me at all :P
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Carnation on August 08, 2010, 11:18:59 PM
Nails on a chalkboard.

 :P
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: snoopygirl on August 09, 2010, 05:38:39 AM
I hate my voice. It sounds fine to my ears but when I listen to it back it just sounds wrong. I had to listen to tapes of my calls when I worked in a call centre. I hated that. My voice just sounded odd and very deep. I wondered how anybody could understand me on the phone. I am told though I sound like my sister and my mom once thought I was her when I called on the phone once. She asked me how her husband was. And I was like I don't know. She then figured out she was talking to me.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: iridaceae on August 09, 2010, 05:52:01 AM
I don't know that I hate the sound of my voice, but it's fairly unrecognizable when it is taped. I had a freind who, way back when VCRs were still cool, had a VCR capable of dubbing. We would get together and dub TV shows- making up the dialog as we went.  When he would play it back - and of course it didn't sound that off to me- people who were there wondered what had happened to the tape whenever I spoke. Well, nothing. People- who had known me for years- who watched and listened after the fact asked straight forward whose voice mine was. They refused to believe it was mine until we demonstrated.  I think I sound either way more nasally or way less nasally on those than I do in real life.

I will say I've had to work to keep my voice from automatically going high-pitched at times because I can hear myself doing that and it drives me crazy.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: zoidberg on August 09, 2010, 05:56:06 AM
Good lord, yes. I sound like a duck in extreme distress. Nasal, honking, awful.

Though I am a good singer and don't mind recordings of my singing voice.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: girlysprite on August 09, 2010, 05:59:15 AM
I think the reason you sound different on tape then to yourself is because when we speak and hear ourselves, the sound goes through our own head. From the tape you hear your voice as it sounds through air. Your head is not made from air and deforms sound differently. Think of how sound sounds different when played underwater.
The reason we hate the sound of our own voice (something that is almost universal) is just because we aren't used to it. I would dare to say that every one of you have lovely voices. You can get used to it though, if you listen to recordings of yourself often enough. For the work that I do (in computer game business) I often have to record placeholder voice over - which is played again and again every time I test the game. Plus, I made some songs for my bard in an online rpg, and I record the songs too so that others can hear how the song should sound like. Hearing a recording of you sing is even harder then hearing yourself talk, because you'll hear every mistake you made too...and the songs I do are in English, which is not my native language, so there is accent.

((example here; http://www2.hku.nl/~hanneke0/nonweb/Niknak/Rhiss_and_Pink/  more examples here; http://www2.hku.nl/~hanneke0/nonweb/Niknak/. My pronunciation is something off, so text is included))
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: iridaceae on August 09, 2010, 06:15:43 AM
I think the reason you sound different on tape then to yourself is because when we speak and hear ourselves, the sound goes through our own head. From the tape you hear your voice as it sounds through air. Your head is not made from air and deforms sound differently. Think of how sound sounds different when played underwater.

Probably true; I just know in my case none of my friends could ID my voice on the tape.  And everyone else's sounded just like them. 

Title: Re: Voices
Post by: girlysprite on August 09, 2010, 06:53:45 AM
In your case, you might have started talk differently when being taped, even if you weren't conscious of it. People have interesting reactions when they are being taped. Most of them don't even want to be recorded and when they are, they become nervous and their voice changes completely. I've seen/heard it happen before.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Moralia on August 09, 2010, 06:58:53 AM
I have a voice like a little kid.  When I answer the phone, people think I'm my twelve-year-old.  :(

I also cannot sing.  I can hit the notes (verified with audio recordings) and don't sound too bad to myself, but there's some timbre in my voice that just makes people unhappy.  I've learned to only sing when I'm alone.

I've found, though that I sound great with just a teensy bit of tweaking in post production.  In school I did an interactive DVD with voice queues. NO ONE would believe that I used my own voice until I tweaked a file for them...if only I could do that IRL.

ETA - I feel so much better I'm not the only one who's self-conscious about her own voice.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: girlysprite on August 09, 2010, 07:34:20 AM

ETA - I feel so much better I'm not the only one who's self-conscious about her own voice.

Almost everyone is. It's just some sort of cognitive dissonance ('do I sound like THAT?'). When people suddenly find out that some quality of them is not how they perceived it themselves, they will distance themselves from it.
The same happens when you mirror someone's mirror image- so that they can see how other people see them. The difference is smaller, but enough to freak some people out. (this trick can be done with crossed mirrors).
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: sbtier on August 09, 2010, 09:20:32 AM
I sound like Daria.   ;D  Not much inflection in my voice.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: aventurine on August 09, 2010, 09:22:52 AM
The same happens when you mirror someone's mirror image- so that they can see how other people see them. The difference is smaller, but enough to freak some people out. (this trick can be done with crossed mirrors).

Yes.  One of my front teeth is *ever so slightly* longer than the other, and the first time I saw it in a picture, it sent chills up my spine.  Literally.  Cognitive dissonance indeed!


there's some timbre in my voice that just makes people unhappy

This made me LOL!  You may be self-conscious about your voice, but you have a might fine way with words.  
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: drebay on August 09, 2010, 09:28:12 AM
Add me to the list of people that do not like their voice on tape.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: LeeLee88 on August 09, 2010, 10:05:06 AM
I'm also not one who really likes to hear her voice on any sort of media  :P.  I used to have a really nerdy speaking voice, but it got a bit lower as I got older.  I will never like to hear myself on a recording though.  I also hate to hear my own singing on recordings, and the worst part is that I'm a paid singer.  I can't see for myself how people want to pay me to perform, but hey, if that's what they want, I'll give it to them.  I personally think my singing voice has way too much vibrato and I sound far older than I really am, but like I said, if that's what they want....
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: LadyClaire on August 09, 2010, 10:21:23 AM
I have a very young sounding voice, to the point that I get asked if my mommy or daddy are home when I answer the phone. *sigh*

I don't like my voice because of it. I think people take me less seriously over the phone due to the way I sound.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Judah on August 09, 2010, 11:57:20 AM
I have to consciously work at lowering and softening my voice.  Otherwise, it sounds flat, nasal and high pitched, making me sound like a bratty, 13 year old, valley girl. 
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: blue2000 on August 09, 2010, 01:45:59 PM

ETA - I feel so much better I'm not the only one who's self-conscious about her own voice.

Almost everyone is. It's just some sort of cognitive dissonance ('do I sound like THAT?'). When people suddenly find out that some quality of them is not how they perceived it themselves, they will distance themselves from it.
The same happens when you mirror someone's mirror image- so that they can see how other people see them. The difference is smaller, but enough to freak some people out. (this trick can be done with crossed mirrors).

I did a plaster cast of my face in college, and I was surprised that my nose is sooo crooked!!! I knew it was bad (the cartilage is pretty messed up) but I didn't know what it looked like to other people. I still like it, though.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Brentwood on August 09, 2010, 01:47:08 PM
One of my eyes is larger than the other. I don't notice it much at all when looking in the mirror, but if you flip that mirror image - it's so shockingly obvious, it startles me.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: TinyVulgarUnicorn on August 09, 2010, 01:58:48 PM
No one can tell the difference between my voice and my mom's over the phone so we always use it to our advantage.  We both sound like prepubescent little girls and consequently we've both been asked if we can hand the phone over to an "adult."
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: hobish on August 09, 2010, 02:14:47 PM
I guess I am alone. I love the sound of my own voice.  :P

I have taken voice & diction classes as well as public speaking just for the fun of it. My former boss said I have the most beautiful phone voice she has ever heard, and my co-workers tease me that on the phone I sound like the next thing I am going to say is I need your credit card number if you want to stay on the line for 10 more minutes. Yes, I take that as a compliment.  Im really very happy with how I sound.

 :) As a matter of fact, in one of the classes i read a poem about phone sex ... the teacher sent us out for a cigarette break afterward.  ;D

That said I have spoken to RainHa over the Xbox; she can tell you if I am full of it.
 :)

Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Red1979 on August 09, 2010, 02:27:02 PM
I guess I am alone. I love the sound of my own voice.  :P

I have taken voice & diction classes as well as public speaking just for the fun of it. My former boss said I have the most beautiful phone voice she has ever heard, and my co-workers tease me that on the phone I sound like the next thing I am going to say is I need your credit card number if you want to stay on the line for 10 more minutes. Yes, I take that as a compliment.  Im really very happy with how I sound.

 :) As a matter of fact, in one of the classes i read a poem about phone sex ... the teacher sent us out for a cigarette break afterward.  ;D

That said I have spoken to RainHa over the Xbox; she can tell you if I am full of it.
 :)



You're not alone.  I like my voice as well and have gotten tons of compliments on my speaking voice.  But I'm a trained singer and so am probably used to hearing my voice recorded more often than most.  It's funny I actually think I sound better on a lot of recordings than I do when I'm hearing myself in real time.

Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Jocelyn on August 09, 2010, 04:14:37 PM
I like my voice, too. I've done a fair amount of recording books for students with reading problems, so my taped voice sounds more familiar.
I used to staff a volunteer help desk in an online group, and answer questions vocally rather than typing. More than once, I had someone ask if it were my 'real' voice. They thought I was using a computer enhanced voice to sound more sexy.  ;D No, just trying not to sound nasal and squeaky, but thanks!
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Eisa on August 09, 2010, 06:31:44 PM
I guess with me hating my voice, it doesn't help that my dad would constantly ask "what's dying?" when I would sing around the house.  >:(

And that people would make fun of my "squeaky" voice and tell me how no one would ever take me seriously because my voice is higher-pitched than normal, and that I should learn how to speak normally...in a CHORUS I was in.  >:(
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Brentwood on August 09, 2010, 06:42:24 PM
I guess I am alone. I love the sound of my own voice.  :P


Nope. I said upthread that I like my voice.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Brentwood on August 09, 2010, 06:43:52 PM
But I'm a trained singer and so am probably used to hearing my voice recorded more often than most. 


Hearing one's own voice recorded probably is a factor. I've heard my own voice so many times that I can no longer tell the difference between the voice I hear and the voice everyone else hears.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Paper Roses on August 09, 2010, 06:55:59 PM
. . . .Your head is not made from air . . .
 

Wanna bet?
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: redsfan on August 09, 2010, 10:16:50 PM
Call me crazy, I like mine.  I didn't realize it wasn't anything but talking until (years ago) my boss called me up to do the recordings for our store.  Apparently I answered the phone when he called, and he really liked the way I sounded.  I guess I figured then that it wasn't so bad. 

I'm also the daughter of a music teacher and have taken years of professional training.  I've been critiqued and have heard myself recorded since I can rememmber (even if it was just church performances).  I got over the 'I don't like the way I sound' thing ages ago. 
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Chinchillazilla on August 10, 2010, 01:37:30 AM
I sound SO MUCH DUMBER in recordings than I do in my head. I wish my head-voice was my outside-voice, because what I hear is pretty nice, but what other people hear is not (to me).
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: MrsJWine on August 10, 2010, 01:40:12 AM
My voice is flat and nasal. I really don't like it. It sounds harsh and unfriendly.

Harsh and unfriendly.  Mine does, too.  I always sound like I'm coppin' attitude.   :-\

Ugh.  Me too.  When I talk, I don't hear it, but recordings of my voice make me cringe.  It's so much more high-pitched than it sounds to me, too.  When I talk on the phone or when I waited tables, I made a conscious effort to talk in a lower voice because my normal voice seems so annoying.  And when I say, "Wisconsin" without thinking about it, it comes out, "wis-KAAN-sin."  Yech.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Ereine on August 10, 2010, 02:40:40 AM
I don't really even like my voice as I hear it in my head, I sometimes notice it when I'm talking and want to stop because it sounds so bad that I think that it bothers other people. Taped it's even worse, it sounds abnormal to me, like it doesn't belong among other voices but was recorded separately and edited in badly.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Perfect Circle on August 10, 2010, 02:54:10 AM
I dont mind my voice at all when I'm speaking - I think it's kind of nice, warm and feminine, although this may just be my opinion.

However, on the phone I sound like a young child, very girly. That's irritating.

My DH however has an amazing, deep voice. He also has a very nice accent. He was once approached by a stranger to do voiceovers. I wish he would!
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: JonGirl on August 10, 2010, 05:54:22 AM


I hate my voice. It sounds too deep and very Australian.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: LeeLee88 on August 10, 2010, 07:24:45 AM
One of my eyes is larger than the other. I don't notice it much at all when looking in the mirror, but if you flip that mirror image - it's so shockingly obvious, it startles me.

Me too.  I try not to think about it, haha!
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: sweetgirl on August 10, 2010, 07:28:52 AM
Bowled over Maiden...by too Australian do u mean Kath and Kim and our current prime minister?

I actually dont like my voice when I hear it in my head...but I like my voice when I hear it on video. Its alot girlier than what I hear to my own ears.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Alex the Seal on August 10, 2010, 07:54:59 AM
When I was doing heavy phone work I deliberately cultivated a more 'musical' voice then the one I naturally possess, to the point where guys would tell me I had a 'sexy' voice. After a few years off the phones it's back to 'normal'- a little flat, unless I'm particularly animated.

Haha, I have a "customer service voice" that is distinctly posher and more enunciated than my 'real' one. It is sort of of like my singing voice, but spoken. I hate my real voice, it's sort of soft and weak and nasal and low and dry all at once and should not be let out in public  :P

Quality of recording does help, I can actually stand myself on my computer but tapes were a nightmare. Voice mail is pure evil, I refuse to record a message  >:D


Eisa - my dear Dad also called me a 'dying cat' when I sang. Just sing  :-*  His comments are likely no reflection on you but a particular type of 'Dad' humour (and if yours wasn't trying to be humourous, that's horrible but still no reflection on you).
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: little bird on August 10, 2010, 08:45:21 AM
I really don't mind my voice, it just doesn't seem like it should be mine.  Until I started hearing myself recorded on a regular basis I never realized that my voice was so feminine... it's not a bad thing, just not what I hear in my head. 
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: MizB on August 10, 2010, 09:42:51 AM
I know upthread I agree with someone (more so that I have a tendency to sound like tour guide barbie than anything) that I prefer to hear my voice in my head. That is mainly true. I've been a singer for years and I am always disappointed with the recordings of my singing, because I thought I sounded awesome and I sound less awesome to myself in the recording.

I also sound a lot like my sister. I love her don't get me wrong, but I don't really care for her voice. If I hear myself sounding like her I will stop talking/singing for a minute or two.

But there are days when I do like the sound of my own recorded voice and I agree that it just takes getting used to. There is a sweetness to my voice and I *believe* that my voice has a natural kindness to it. I can't describe it, but that is how it makes me feel.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: hobish on August 10, 2010, 06:07:48 PM
I guess I am alone. I love the sound of my own voice.  :P


Nope. I said upthread that I like my voice.

How did i miss that? It was even referenced downthread.

...maybe my head is made of air  :P ;D
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: FauxFoodist on August 10, 2010, 07:05:46 PM
I'm fine w/my voice.  I've often been told I have a lovely voice.  However, I think I'd trade that w/having a decent figure (have never had a normal weight day in my life).
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: GoldenGemini on August 10, 2010, 08:07:08 PM
I know upthread I agree with someone (more so that I have a tendency to sound like tour guide barbie than anything) that I prefer to hear my voice in my head. That is mainly true. I've been a singer for years and I am always disappointed with the recordings of my singing, because I thought I sounded awesome and I sound less awesome to myself in the recording.

I also sound a lot like my sister. I love her don't get me wrong, but I don't really care for her voice. If I hear myself sounding like her I will stop talking/singing for a minute or two.

But there are days when I do like the sound of my own recorded voice and I agree that it just takes getting used to. There is a sweetness to my voice and I *believe* that my voice has a natural kindness to it. I can't describe it, but that is how it makes me feel.
I've been told my voice sounds like sugar cubes dipped in honey  ::) On the up side, I have got out of almost all trouble I have ever been in, because no-one believed I could do anything bad.  >:D

I have a very different voice for Customer Service.  Friends comment on it when they ring whilst I am at work - "oh, you sound very professional there"  or worse, "have you ever worked a 1900 phone service?"

I don't exactly HATE my voice; I just know I sound like a little kid and it get frustrating.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Rockie on August 10, 2010, 10:27:16 PM
I feel like I have this squeaky dorky voice, and I have a tendency to speak really fast when excited or nervous. I cringe hearing a recording of myself. Somehow, I'm fine with my voice in my head.

People have told me I sound cute and that I have a slight Brooklyn/Chinese accent. I'm terrible at imitating accents, though. XD;
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: JonGirl on August 11, 2010, 05:02:55 AM
Bowled over Maiden...by too Australian do u mean Kath and Kim and our current prime minister?
I actually dont like my voice when I hear it in my head...but I like my voice when I hear it on video. Its alot girlier than what I hear to my own ears.

More like this.
But if I'm speaking to you face to face it's alright. I've even been told I sound like a Kiwi!.  :-\
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: Clara Bow on August 11, 2010, 05:06:25 AM
I have a vicious Georgia accent if I'm not careful. I sound like something out of "O Brother Where Art Thou". Seriously. It's that bad. I also think that my voice is too low and not feminine.

Bad as I think my voice is, I don't even have a discernable Southern accent.   ::)   All my life, I've had locals ask me where I was from.  "Right here, why?"  It's kind of country, but not recognizably Southern.  

You ought to hear me. Southerners have to ask me to repeat myself. And I cheerfully run all my words together. You know that Foxworthy skit about "D'jeet?" "Naw'djou?"

That's me.
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: M-theory on August 11, 2010, 05:16:48 AM
I have a vicious Georgia accent if I'm not careful. I sound like something out of "O Brother Where Art Thou". Seriously. It's that bad. I also think that my voice is too low and not feminine.

Bad as I think my voice is, I don't even have a discernable Southern accent.   ::)   All my life, I've had locals ask me where I was from.  "Right here, why?"  It's kind of country, but not recognizably Southern.  

You ought to hear me. Southerners have to ask me to repeat myself. And I cheerfully run all my words together. You know that Foxworthy skit about "D'jeet?" "Naw'djou?"

That's me.

Remember: Also according to Blue Collar, you can't trust anyone who enunciates. So that must make you the perfect Southerner. :P
Title: Re: Voices
Post by: pinkunicorn on August 11, 2010, 03:17:09 PM
You know how some people have those "booming" voices that you can hear across a crowded room?

Well, that's definitely NOT me! I have a soft voice, and have been told it's very soothing. But when you're in a crowd and trying to do a presentation, it's hard to get everyone's attention. Or if you're trying to talk to someone and there's loud equipment running nearby...forget it!