Last Updated on May 26, 2023 by Robert Mejia
Some people don’t like the way they sound when they record their voice over a microphone. Nonetheless, like most voice-over artists, narrators, and singers, they have to get over this fear. Many voice artists use the microphone with a combination of skill and practice to deepen the sound of their voice. They use post-production techniques to create bass-sounding audio.
There are many more ways to sound deeper on the microphone. In this article, we will discuss 10 ways to make your voice deeper on a mic.
- Pop Filter
The filters we place on microphones are what we refer to as pop filters. The best pop filters filter out the popping noises we make when we exhale and inhale. It’s recommendable to use these filters on high-quality microphones. Mics that are so good that they pick up any sound coming from your body.
When using a microphone with a pop filter, your voice may sound deeper because the filter helps create a lot of resonance; thereby affecting how the microphone picks up your voice.
- Pitch Transposer
Also known as a harmonizer, a pitch transposer is a device that alters sound on a microphone. Some transposers come with software you can use to adjust the sound input of a mic. The problem with pitch transposers is that you must use a high-quality microphone for them to work effectively. You cannot use them on a phone or a headset mic to get a deeper sound. So, it is rather pointless to get a harmonizer if you did not have a good microphone to start with.
- Mobile Apps
Most mobile phones today have applications that allow you to do pretty much anything. Some phone apps will teach you how to get a deeper voice on the microphone, and others that will change how you sound.
The problem with some of these programs is that you can only use them with your smartphone’s in-built mic. You may have to try out many apps to find one you can use with an external microphone.
- Get Closer to the Mic
Getting closer to your microphone allows the mic to pick up the full range of your voice. Your baritone or bass voice will sound deeper if you speak closer to a microphone; thanks to a phenomenon known as the proximity effect.
This method, however, isn’t suitable for people with high-pitched voices because microphones tend to pick up the highest pitch and make a voice sound higher than normal.
- Get a Deeper Voice
Tech can’t solve everything. Therefore, you should aim to develop a deep voice naturally. A natural deep voice will sound even deeper on a microphone. A good way to get deepen your voice is to speak with a relaxed throat to avoid tightening your vocal cord. Also, try humming. Humming deeply with your chin pointed toward your chest and your lips parted can help warm up your voice and make it sound deeper when you speak.
- Condenser Microphone
Speaking closer to a regular omnidirectional mic doesn’t guarantee you get a deeper-sounding voice. Some cheap microphone brands will not record your true voice. You’ll want to try a large-diaphragm microphone or a cardioid condenser microphone like the AKG Pro Audio C414 XLII Vocal Condensor Microphone.
Cardioid mics are slightly sensitive to the side, most sensitive on the axis to the front, and reject background noise. They exhibit the proximity effect, which varies the sound of your voice.
The C414 XLII condenser mic from AKG offers great versatility and works well for every vocal type. Its features include an attenuation pad, nine selectable polar patterns, 3 switchable bass-cut filters, and an audio peak hold LED.
The attenuation pad allows you to adjust the mic according to your voice. Therefore, if you have a deep voice you shouldn’t have any problem producing clear deeper sound.
I like the microphone’s ability to capture large-frequency-range sound and produce a transient response.
This mic is also great at eliminating vibration, wind, and other subtle noises. It sports a small diaphragm that enables it to reproduce sound from any part of the vocal spectrum.
- Work Out
This is probably the healthiest way to make your voice sound deeper on a microphone. Regardless of your gender, exercising your body will boost your testosterone levels. Testosterone is a naturally-occurring chemical in the body that can give you a deep voice. Working out takes a lot of time and effort; but with consistency, it can help you sound deeper on a microphone.
- Shortgun Mics
Like cardioid mics, shotgun microphones are directional. They’re designed to pick up sound from one direction only. Using this type of microphone will make your voice deeper as you have to stand closet to it while speaking.
- Dairy Products
Nutrition plays a fundamental role in how we sound. A healthy voice requires a strong body. Therefore, you should eat a balanced diet containing whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, healthy oils, and protein. Dairy products like milk and yogurt will coat your vocal cord, making your voice sound deeper.
- Slow Down
We sound more high-pitched when we speak faster. You want to speak slowly on the microphone to get that deep, bass–sounding voice. Also, you will attract people’s attention when you slow down your speech and enunciate your words.
There are many reasons your voice would sound high-pitched on a microphone. Some of these reasons are inherent in your body while others are as a result of the equipment you use. Although using a good unidirectional mic will make you sound deeper on the microphone, you should also consider practicing your speech to make it slower. Learn to speak from your chest instead of your throat.