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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  • Alexis,

    Do you have a compressor with a side chain input?

  • Thanks Mr, Maupin I will have him try that. 
  • Actually, it has High, Mid, and Bass controls for each Mic channel.
  • I looked at the photo of the front panel.

     

    It says it has adjustable mids on the mic channels.  So, you see for each channel, it has three EQ controls.  High, Mid, and Treble.  The Mid control you can adjust the frequency.

     

    I don't know your father's voice, but on my DeEsser plugin, I set it to 4740 hz because that is my S sound (found through Trial and Error).  If you can adjust the Frequency control for the Mid on the Mic channel to your father's S, then you could turn the Mid control down and that would help.

     

    See, they are just allowing you to specify the frequency setting for the Mid control.

     

    I would try that.  It would take some playing around with.

     

  • Scratch what I just said.  A high pass filter is not what you want.  I think that is used for rolling off bass frequencies.
  • Can you take a look at this and see what you think?

     

    http://www.mackie.com/products/onyx820i/

  • Although, I just looked at my Avalon preamp.  It has a high pass filter that you can tune, but I never use it.  Does the Onyx have something similar on its preamps?
  • Alexis, it depends on how fine you can set one of the controls on the Onyx.  If it just has a bass control and treble control for each channel, then if you adjusted the treble, it would not be fine enough, and would also take down other highs.  Not just the sss and zzz sounds.
  • Really I am hoping to be able to take care of this with the gear we have if possible.  I was told the preamps in the Onix are pretty good, but we don't really know how to use them 

     

  • The  Presonus studio something was the one they recommended, what did you not like about it?
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