technical questions about equipment and software used by voice talent who record at home - moderated by Beau Weaver
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My favorite audio editing tool for Voiceover

Guys,

As I have mentioned frequently, I am a long time hater of Pro Tools. If you are recording multiple channels of music, routing through plug ins and locked to picture, it sure is the right tool. But for recording and editing voiceover tracks, it is a needlessly complex and cumbersome resource hog. And those are it's good points.

I cannot count the calls I have taken from folks who are new to home recording, literally in tears, trying to figure out how to save a simple recording as an mp3 file with Pro Tools. And don't even get me started on how any OS update from Apple usually renders Pro Tools inoperable. And a year to support Leopard? Give me a break. But I digress.

I have done extensive testing of virtually all the audio editors for Mac OSX, including, Logic, Soundtrack Pro, Peak, Adobe Sound Booth, Sound Studio 3, Wave Editor, Amadeus Pro, etc. On the PC platform, I was a long time fan of Sony Sound Forge, but they do not have any plans to port the app to Mac. Peak has it's fans, but it crashes regularly, and support is spotty. I was liking Sound Studio 3 a lot, but there were some bugs, and omissions and the developer did not respond to support requests at all. All of the above programs have their strengths and weaknesses, but for the way I like to work, they were just not quite right.

Anyway, I have been working with a software developer to perfect a suite little app that I just love, and I want to pass it along to you. For my money, the best tool for recording and editing voiceover is: TwistedWave. http://twistedwave.com And, the price is 49 Dollars!*

It loads in about one second. No changing cursors into different tools. It works like a word processor. It saves directly as mp3 files, and will convert between almost all important audio file types. It exports the selected portion of the waveforme as a new file, of any type you specify. Navigation is a dream. You can zoom horizontally in the waveform and zoom in all with the tiny trackball in the Apple Mighty Mouse. It will record the highest resolution audio, sample rate and bit depth your sound card supports. It works with any digital interface that uses Apple Core Audio. For the advanced user, keyboard shortcuts are customizable, and you can create and save customized effects stacks of AU plugins.

I have worked closely with the guy who created the program to make some ease of use tweaks and fine tuning. He has responded to every one of my requests the same day. I think if you spend a little time playing with it, you may fall in love too.

You can download from this link, and try for a 30 day evaluation period for free. A major 1.5 update has just been posted, with additional improvement in development.

I have been using this as my daily editor for some time now and it is a huge time saver. If you are also a musician, or music producer, then Pro Tools is obviously. If all you need to do is record voiceover sessions, quick edit and cleanup and ship off via ftp, then give Twisted Wave a try, and never look back.

Full Disclosure: I am a paid user, and receive no compensation for this recommendation, other than gratitude for a tool so ideally suited for the task at hand.


Beau Weaver

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  • Will Twisted Wave also work with PC's that are running Vista Home Premium 64 bit? Or Windows XP? Also, does the MBox work with any software other than ProTools? I, too, am looking for an alternative to ProTools. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  • The more I use it, the more I like it Beau.
  • Guys,

    Several have asked about the price of Twisted Wave....it was indeed 49 dollars when I made that post. But after the developer did a bunch of mods on it, at my request, I suggested he raise the price. Don't hate me! I was finding that no one would believe that a 49 dollar program could do pro quality work. But it does. My daily work includes network promos, cable documentary narration, national commercials, affiliate promos and television campaigns for films......in between auditions from agents on both coasts. So, I have to blast through a lot of work. This has vastly simplified my workflow. So, the current price is just sky of 80 bucks. I think it's worth 200. - Beau
  • Ahhhh, at last, a place where I can ask a tech question and actually get an answer I can use. Thanks for the resource!
  • Thank you for this forum!! I have so many questions. As I read through this discussion board, I'm sure many of those questions will be answered. Finally, a place to land!!
  • Wow...hey guys and gals...I am pretty new to VO Universe and groups like this really blowing my mind....how cool is this. I use Sound Forge 8 for my voice recording and editing, and I am really enjoying my Mixcraft 4 multitrack studio software for production work. I downloaded Mixcraft 4 for under $100 and I am in heaven.
  • Hey Beau,
    Thanks for the tip on Twisted Wave, as a computer moron I run Mac purely for it's simplicity and reliability. I haven't had the need to run a studio since I was "on air" 16 years ago and then everything was analogue anyway. So the prospect of having to learn a platform like Pro Tools for my home studio set up, was daunting to say the least. (alright i admit downright scary).
    I have had it on trial for the last couple of weeks, and about to register it. A studio operator friend of mine has been looking at it too and agrees it is by far the best platform for me and is downloading it for his own portable set up.
    So to those on Mac who are daunted (or scared) of complex technology go with Twisted Wave, if I can easily play with it you will find it a breeze.
    Cheers Lofty.
    PS. Reading through the manual is a huge help as well.
  • P.S Nick M is also running a Mac you might want to shoot him an email as well. He has a dedicated room like yourself and his Mac box is in the studio with him.
  • Hey Sharyn, As you know I have the iMac and it is very quiet, as i don't have the luxury of space in what will be my home studio, it will be in the same room and isolated by the v.o. booth partitions.
    Jamie and Rob have both taken a look at it for me already and tell me it won't be an issue, as it is that quiet.
    Good to hear you are looking at Mac you won't be sorry!
  • Just wanted to say thanks to all the cool people who said nice things about my podcast! I missed the comments on this actual page until now.

    Episode 2 is up with the knowledgeable producer AND VO artist Jeff Berlin. We sort of got detailed on tech stuff (which I think is good) but he explains some of it in writing on my site.

    podcast page at www.ryanontheradio.com
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