Howard's voice is so much deeper

Forevernever

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Listening to the History of Stern, I've noticed that Howard's voice has dropped a good half-octave over the years. Men's voices don't normally get that much deeper past the age of 22 or so (for example, Gary's voice hasn't changed much, nor Fred's), so what's going on? Does he make an effort to sound deeper, or is it some sort of electronic effect? Or could his nose job have done it? Listening to clips from 1984, his voice is almost unrecognizable.
 

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Listening to the History of Stern, I've noticed that Howard's voice has dropped a good half-octave over the years. Men's voices don't normally get that much deeper past the age of 22 or so (for example, Gary's voice hasn't changed much, nor Fred's), so what's going on? Does he make an effort to sound deeper, or is it some sort of electronic effect? Or could his nose job have done it? Listening to clips from 1984, his voice is almost unrecognizable.

I think Beth has his balls in a jar somewhere, if he ever gets them back maybe his voice will go up an octave again. :yesshake:
 

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I think he's learned to talk with a deeper sound over the years, but I also think the in studio electronics are tweaked to give him a certain sound.

If you listen to a recent phone call he has made to Bubba or someother show, you will hear the deeper voice, but not to the same degree as in studio. I don't think that's just an effect of the telephone.
 

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There is a ton of compression and processing (studio magic) going on with Howard's microphone. On the rare occasions that he uses another microphone in the studio, there is a noticeable difference. From what I understand, he's extremely particular about his mic and headphone settings.

Also, he's obviously either been trained (or trained himself) to be less nasal. The mic processing also has helped him get more from his voice with less effort. When you talk for 4 hours/day, it's important that you know how to use your voice.
 

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I think he's learned to talk with a deeper sound over the years, but I also think the in studio electronics are tweaked to give him a certain sound.

If you listen to a recent phone call he has made to Bubba or someother show, you will hear the deeper voice, but not to the same degree as in studio. I don't think that's just an effect of the telephone.

I believe that's true as well. but he's on bubba right now via regular phone and his voice is still deep.
 

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I believe that's true as well. but he's on bubba right now via regular phone and his voice is still deep.
I know this subject has been brought up many times and its generally answered the same way - his voice is deeper due to in-studio magic.

But I have wondered if its not the opposite in-studio magic? Did he alter his voice in the early days to conform with what the program directors wanted? And the voice we hear now is his real voice? Or at least the real voice he has trained himself to use, minus studio tricks? After all, he does sound basically the same in studio, on the phone, on talk shows, etc. He can't be setting up mics for all that, can he?
 

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Gary said on the preview of HHS II that today's voice is much more his normal voice, and that he was doing a sort of character back in those doays, trying to sound hyper and manic.
 

jamesp717

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There is a ton of compression and processing (studio magic) going on with Howard's microphone. On the rare occasions that he uses another microphone in the studio, there is a noticeable difference. From what I understand, he's extremely particular about his mic and headphone settings.

Also, he's obviously either been trained (or trained himself) to be less nasal. The mic processing also has helped him get more from his voice with less effort. When you talk for 4 hours/day, it's important that you know how to use your voice.

You must be right about him having trained himself to be less nasally. I was listening today to an old show and it sounded like he was talking through his nose.
 

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If you listen to his voice on any venues other than his show (call-ins to other shows, Letterman guest appearances, etc.) his voice is much higher, without the booming baritone sound heard on his radio show.
 

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Still, on letterman and other such shows, he sounds pretty much how he sounds on the show. The older howard from the old shows has a more nasal and crazy sound because he was in fact just acting like a different character.
 

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I think he's learned to talk with a deeper sound over the years, but I also think the in studio electronics are tweaked to give him a certain sound.

If you listen to a recent phone call he has made to Bubba or someother show, you will hear the deeper voice, but not to the same degree as in studio. I don't think that's just an effect of the telephone.
There is a ton of compression and processing (studio magic) going on with Howard's microphone. On the rare occasions that he uses another microphone in the studio, there is a noticeable difference. From what I understand, he's extremely particular about his mic and headphone settings.

Also, he's obviously either been trained (or trained himself) to be less nasal. The mic processing also has helped him get more from his voice with less effort. When you talk for 4 hours/day, it's important that you know how to use your voice.

Yeah.

Listen to shows from the early or even mid 90's. Occasionally, he'll comment about how he used to deliberately change his voice for radio, but doesn't any more. Now, he'll just go in and use his regular voice. I'm sure a lot of that is also due to the quality of the tapes, but that's certainly not all of it.

And yeah, he does use compression and other magic. (Remember when he would bitch for 20 minutes about people messing with the settings?)