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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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  • That was the one I was thinking of! Thank you. 

  • Hey Alexis,

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  • Thanks you guys always come through for me! 

  • Blargh! 

    "rights" below should read as "rings"....sorry 'bout that, folks!

  • I can vouch for and recommend the Sabra mount in George's post - it's what I use for mine, an older 416 with a T-connector, which requires a 48v adapter that adds about another 1/3rd of length.

    The nice thing about the Sabra over the other one is that it's truly a universal solution and can be used with just about any mike, assuming it's not something ridiculously heavy. Every part is completely adjustable in pretty much any direction, so you can pull the two suspension rights up/down/sideways along the barrel of the mike as you need them. Ditto for the pop screen...sometimes, I'll even loosen that up and slap it in front of one of my other less-used mikes (I keep several on the same stand using one of these: http://www.samash.com/p/On%20Stage_MY700%20Multi%20Purpose%20Stereo...)

  • Ooh, that's a great cheapie at only $20 George. Save some money, Alexis, =)

  • I like this one if you need a pop screen, too:

    http://www.samash.com/p/Sabra_SSMPOP%20Universal%20Shockmount%20%20...

    I use this one, impossible to beat for $20:

    http://q-mic.com/qm23.php

     

  • Thank you

  • Hey Alexis - I've found the AT8410a by audio-technica to be a pretty worthy mount for the 416. Runs about $48 on Amazon.

  • Can anyone recommend a good quality shock mount for a Sennhieser 416.  There was an MXL something that came with it but the part that connects to the stand fell apart. 

    Something good quality that will last.  

    I remember about two years ago there was a video about some new revolutionary shock mount but I cant remember what it was called.  

    Thanks

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