Is there a character that is meant to be disliked? Perhaps you have content intended to arouse a reaction? With a professional voice talent, achieving a tone that gets on the listener’s nerves is easy enough. A sound as irritating as nails scratching a chalkboard, an annoying voice gets your point across, if that point is to get them angry.
Anyone would be irritated with a voice so loud and raspy as if one’s throat has never been touched by moisture. An annoying voice such as this isn’t such a brilliant choice for explainer videos, digital ads, podcasts, and similar projects. But if it’s cartoon voice over, audiobooks, and film, a voice-over actor can bring evil characters, or someone with a sore throat, to life.
An annoying voice isn’t the same for everyone. It can be croaky and disingenuous, high-pitched, or nasal. Sometimes, it’s strangled as if from a constricted throat. Other times, a dulcet voice or a singsong tone is just as infuriating as a shrilling one. But it’s a voice so loud and deafening that is most obnoxious. A powerful voice is deep, full, and resonating. It sounds smooth, soft, and honeyed. Without these qualities, an annoying voice is often frustratingly flat without any musical qualities. It’s painful to hear, bringing up an overwhelming impulse to plug your ears. Although such a sound is sure to upset and trouble people, it will achieve your desire to be noticed.