Listen to Own Voice in Microsoft Windows 7

Although it sounds awkward, but many times professional singers and even home users might want to listen to their own voices while recording. In previous operating systems, this configuration was a tedious task and was not easily configurable as well. Previous versions of operating systems had Stereo Mix feature that allowed users to do voice chats and let the other parties listen to the sounds that their systems generated, at the same time. Example for system sound can be a music file that is played on a computer system. Stereo Mix feature is still available in post Windows XP operating systems but it requires a dedicated hardware device integrated in the sound card in order to work properly. Nonetheless, Stereo Mix did not allow users to hear their own voices without complex configuration.

Things have been made simpler in Microsoft Windows 7, and users can hear their own voices just by checking one checkbox.

Situations Where Users May Want to Listen to Their Own Voices

People who may want to listen to their own voices can be:

  • Professional Singers – These people may want to listen to their voices while practicing. Listening to their voices helps them assessing the quality of outputs that they are producing and where the improvements are required.
  • Voice-over Professionals – People who are into voice-over services may also want to listen to their own voices while doing preparations. They may want to modify and polish their voice pitches to provide better quality while doing voice-overs.
  • Trainee Radio Jockeys/Anchors – Since these people are required to face the crowd where no retakes are possible, it becomes essential for them to listen to their voices and practice before going to the stage or for final performances.

Whatsoever the reason may be, sometimes it is very useful to listen to own voices and Microsoft Windows 7 helps such people by allowing them to enable this feature with just a few mouse clicks.

Listening Own Voice in Microsoft Windows 7

Steps given below must be followed in order configure Windows 7 computer to play the voice of the speaker:

  1. Log on to Windows 7 computer.
  2. Right-click the speaker icon from the system tray at the bottom right corner of the screen, and from the context menu click Recording devices.
  3. On the opened Sound box, make sure that Recording tab is selected and from the displayed list double-click microphone icon.
  4. On the opened properties box, go to Listen tab and check Listen to this device check box.

    Listen to Own Voice

  5. Click OK to save the changes, and back on Sound box click OK again.
  6. Start speaking into the microphone and listening to spoken words from the speakers.
Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.