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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  • Jeff,

    I had a similar experience with Verizon in Brooklyn, NY. They claimed they didn't support the technology anymore. I wound up contacting Dave Immer at Digifon.

    He knows pretty much...everything there is to know about ISDN, including who likely has it, where it likely can be found...and most importantly, who to contact.

    I actually enlisted his assistance in getting my ISDN service setup at my home studio. There's a fee involved, but to be honest, it was well worth it to me. It saved the frustration of getting on the horn and chasing the phone company around in circles.

    Good luck!


    Mike Bratton


  • Jeff -


    We've got a discussion about ISDN going on right now over on the regular VU blog:


    ISDN problems with AT&T


    As far as it goes up here in NYC, Verizon phased out residential service last year (grandfathering in existing users), and only offers business service - seems to be the trend in other places as well. See my posts there for my similar experience and what the costs were when I checked about a year ago.



    ISDN problems with AT&T
    Here's an email that has been floating around about ISDN problems with AT&T   If you use ISDN, or you have clients or Talent that use ISDN, please fo…
  • What is the latest on ISDN, Can't seem to find it in Central Florida, The phone companies act like they have never heard of this before!  Any thoughts from the group?
  • great thanks I appreciate it, I currently use adobe audition 1.5, and sometimes  audacity.
  • I think Twisted Wave is for only for Macs, because my dad always has to use my mac when he edits way from our studio.  Sony Sound Studio is a lot like Twisted Wave but works on PCs
  • Hi I just tried to download twisted wave, and I can't open the file. I have a PC with OS XP
  • Alexis,

    I am not a voice talent but I play the bass. No matter what bass I play, I sound like me. My fingers may get a punchy sound on one bass with certain strings, that is quiet different from someone else on the same bass. Having said that if I were a VO talent I would like to have a shotgun and a cardioid large diaghram mic in my tool kit. Go to a studio and rent an hour of their time and take your mic and try others. If you are fortuante you might borrow them. Remember Don L and Randy Thomas were at the top of their game before they bought Manley Gold mics!

  • part 4 - Both have their place in different rooms, and for different reads. One may deliver a more punchier/present result at a normal performance level.  !!The voice talent is the most important secret sauce !!  Different mics react differently for some talent. Often moving a mic from below nose height to above will make a bigger difference on sound than changing mics. So play with mics then listen to them and find where it works for you!  Try them at 4", 6" and 8" etc.

    To hear the effect a mic pattern has, talk while holding the mic in front of you and slowly turn it in a 180 or 360 degree arc while you record yourself.

  • Hey Mr. Nickell, 

    So should my dad get a RodeNGT3 or Senn 416 if he is trying to get more trailer and promo work?  Or will our Nuemann TLM103 do be enough?  

  • part 3 - Shotguns and SM57s etc are 'end address' mics, you talk to the end. U87s, etc are side address. No mic is perfect. In particular they way they sound as you get off axis is quite different. A 416 or shotgun is more sensitive about where you place it. An U87 (cardioid) less so. Neumanns are loved because of their off axis pickup sounds good in many cases, it is said to be uncolored. It is only good in a room that is returning good reflections. A shotgun lets sound focus more just on the voice. Neither is right or wrong.
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