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


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. 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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  • Mike & Jay:

    Thank you both for your help, I think we've got it now.
  • Hey, Ryan! First, I totally agree with your point #2 to Rosanne, that ProTools wants its own space far away from the "C" drive. I don't know if you have encountered this, but I've picked up a few of the Western Digital USB drives for storing ProTools files, and encountered many problems whenever I tried to play anything back. The secret, I discovered, was to convert the external drive from FAT format to NTFS. Easily accomplished when you look it up on the WD site, and now, with NTFS, everything works like a champ. Regards to all, Dennis
  • Janice,

    Is a link that says Adobe Audition will convert a .wav file to ccit.

  • Janice,

    Follow this link...
    and look under U-LAW and see if that helps!
  • Check out this link, I think this converts files to the format you want. I haven't been able to test it being, not on my home computer. Hope this helps!

  • Hi Guys:

    Thanks for providing this valuable resource for those of us working alone with no one to check with "down-the-hall" anymore for technical questions. I function primarily as "talent not technical" and hope you can help. : )

    I have a a new on-hold client requesting a file format I have never heard of.
    See e-mail below:

    "The recordings sounds great, but we use Speakeasy and when we tried to use the recordings in the .wav format we were getting an error. We called them and they told us that the recording needs to be in "cc itt" format. They also said that most importantly it needs to be 8KHz and 8 bit mono in size in order to use it."

    I originally recorded the audio at 441 16 bit mono in Adobe Audition, and cc itt is not an optional file format that I can find there or have ever heard of.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

  • I would like to thank you all for allowing me to join you :-) I have got a feeling 2009 is going to be an outstanding year!
  • Hello and please help! I have the MBox 2, ProTools, Adobe Audition and a good mike, etc. I actually got it to work, and marked the dials and buttons on the MBox 2 so I would be able to go right back to correct if something happened. Something happened, and I can't get the darn thing to work at all. I have tried both software programs and can see that there is no sound being input.
    Is there something I could get besides Mbox2? I took my training with Such a Voice and they used the equipment that i have, which of course is why I have that particular setup. Suggestions, please.
  • Figured I would reply to a couple different posts here.

    Rosanne. as for switching from wav to mp3. Digi sells the mp3 converter for 15 bucks. Thats the best option. I would never dare argue/counter/speak against the man Mr. Weaver but since you happen to already be on pro tools, stick with it. Get the converter and remember 2 things
    1. Since you are on PC twisted is out. BUT you can get audacity. You can get a free lame mp3 encoder from their site. works great.
    2. since, and I hope, you stuck with pro tools just keep all your audio saved and running from a separate hard drive. Digi wants your audio to be far away from the "C" drive which holds the actual program. If anyone wants help with pro tools I am always here. (not that you should ever use it...right Beau?)

    Rodney...on your own.

    Kathleen. There is a great cheap option for a tlm103 knockoff. its by superlux. basically it is literally a chinese rip off but for an audition setup its great.
    one of the first 2 on the page would be fine. also that blue icycle thing I mention before is what I would use to interface with your machine. Then you can record right into twisted wave or garage band or whatever you use. (pro tools?) probably not.

    any questions...I can try to help.

  • Hey Everyone, first post to this forum. I need an opinion on a mic. I need something that's audition quality and am going to set up a very basic studio. I just connected with an LA agent and need to possibly email auditions. I have the H2 Zoom mic which is USB and also, basically, an external hard drive. I transfer the file to my Mac and then edit it in Garage Band, and email it off.



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