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Why New VO Artists Cringe At The Sound Of Their Recorded Voice

Hey, there!

So, truth be told, the title of this article should be:

“Why Everyone Cringes At The Sound Of Their Recorded Voice” – but it’s something that comes up in my classes a lot.

Especially in the upcoming Mastering Microphone Technique and Auditioning with Audacity classes. I talk about exactly why we hate the sound of our voice when we hear it played back.

And now, the explanation I’ve been giving for years has been corroborated by no less an exalted authority than Business Insider.

And they even created a quick video showing you why! Here it is:

(there’s an ad at the beginning – nothing I can do about that)

If you’ve ever been in my class and witnessed me explaining this penomenon, you can confirm for the world in the comments below, that, aside from me using the word convection for what BI is calling “air conduction”, and simply conduction for what BI calls “bone conduction”, they follow my explanation to a T.

The good news? You get used to it.

And I encourage you in class to not only enjoy your voice, but to fall in love with it, like any craftsperson falls in love with their favorite hammer, paint brush or software.


The more you get comfortable with your own voice, the more you can mine it for subtle nuances, new characterizations and better and more accurate storytelling.

And I’m happy to help you get over your own cringing, should you need a little coaching.

So, don’t cringe. Enjoy your voice – because it’s awesome. I guarantee it.

I know – that’s easy for me to say. But what do you say? What was it like the first time you heard your own recorded voice? And has that changed? Let me know in the comments below.

Hope this helps!


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

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

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  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 #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  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!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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