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So sometimes when you talk on the internet through steam chat let's say. When there is a bit of lag you can hear your own voice at times. I noticed that i sound nothing like what i do on the internet compared to in person. Does the quality of a mic effect the sound of voice in this way?

Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 8
The mic could be making a small difference, but the truth is that our voice sounds different to others than it does to us:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...ound-different

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When you speak, sound energy spreads in the air around you and reaches your cochlea through your external ear by air conduction. Sound also travels from your vocal cords and other structures directly to the cochlea, but the mechanical properties of your head enhance its deeper, lower-frequency vibrations. The voice you hear when you speak is the combination of sound carried along both paths. When you listen to a recording of yourself speaking, the bone-conducted pathway that you consider part of your “normal†voice is eliminated, and you hear only the air-conducted component in unfamiliar isolation. You can experience the reverse effect by putting in earplugs so you hear only bone-conducted vibrations.
    
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post #3 of 8
Try recording your own voice on your phone and it will sound nothing like you think you sound. Every person thinks their voice is different on a recording but you dont actually hear your self speak because you are speaking if you know what i mean. I always sound different on a recording than i think i do.
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I know what my voice sounds like when recorded ect. But when i hear it through the mic, it does not sound like me at all. Not even my recording.
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post #5 of 8
It should be pretty obvious. Steam's voice chat has a codec that compresses it so there's less information being sent which reduces bandwidth and latency. When you hear yourself on a recording the sound is uncompressed so naturally the limits of your microphone are what you hear. Steam voice chat is pretty awful in my opinion.
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skype it is!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post
skype it is!
yeah, we'll run Skype then
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ACHILEE5 View Post
yeah, we'll run Skype then
Yeah sounds good. I will make a new account and add you. PM the skype details i need so i can add ya please.

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