Fun With Headphone Volume

Hey, there!

I come from a radio background. So I’m comfortable with wearing headphones when I record. And I think it’s an absolute must that you get comfortable with that as well. If you don’t, you can’t monitor your work as you perform it, effectively doubling the amount of time it takes you to get something recorded, then playing it back to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes.

And once you do get used to having headphones on when you record, you can use the volume control for your headphones to your advantage.

Here’s how.

If you’ve ever tried to talk to someone wearing headphones with loud music playing through them, and they talk back, they’ll probably do so far louder than they would if they weren’t wearing headphones.

Why? Because they are used to hearing their voice at a normal level, and with the headphones on, they can’t hear themselves that at that level. So…they raise their voice.

And they don’t even realize it.

You can use that same effect to your advantage, in a couple of interesting ways.

First, if you want to achieve a natural, intimate read, for promos, trailers, or luxury commercial copy, turn your headphone volume control UP. This will naturally make you drop the volume of your voice as you attempt to properly level what you’re hearing.

And the reverse is true as well. Instead of pretending to yell, lower your headphone volume and you’ll naturally raise your voice to shouting levels, and it will sound far more natural than if you were to “pretend” to be loud.

Works like a charm.

This is one of the things we talk about in VO2GoGo’s Mastering Microphone Technique class. It’s available right now.

Hope this helps.


9 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

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  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

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  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

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