Best Voiceover software

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Whats the best software for recording voiceovers?

Ideally I want something that I can easily record multiple version of a sentence then easily discard the ones I don't want.

I tried using camtasia but I found it wasn't good for this as you can hear where the sound files join for some reason.
#product reviews #software #voiceover
  • Profile picture of the author TimCastleman
    Why not just outsource it?

    I can get people do it for me for pennies on the dollar. Why would you want to do the work others would want to do for so cheap.

    Tim
    • Profile picture of the author cjm18
      I use audacity because it is free but the sound quality is really good. I also have camtasia but find the audio quality suffers when you record with it.

      Once I have the audio all recorded I put it all together in Sony Vegas.
  • Profile picture of the author HollyStar
    I use sound forge to record. You can do multiple reads and edit the one you like best. It's quick and easy to edit. You can just save the .wav file and then import it into camtasia. It's very simple. I have also used adobe audition, which works well too!
  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    This is going to sound crazy, but a lot depends on the input, sound is all about what goes in and what goes out, I have a semi pro rig setup, and I also have a decent USB condenser, recording using Garage band, Audicity, and Sound Track Pro, you would think that the 900 dollar software would produce superior results, but the funny thing is that I usually have to record with Garage Band, then edit with Audicity, add effects using Sound track pro and finalize using audacity, crazy right but that is the work flow that works best for me,

    One thing I have learned, in recording is that using a sound card, usually generates some noise and USB does not have the over head of a sound card, so you have that plus, If you want to drop some bucks you can use an interface, and a Phantom powered studio condenser, I found my rig on sale at Musicians Friend, I think the total was around 250, but I have compression and lots of toys plus USB directly into the computer, still its not the best, but its a good second,
  • Profile picture of the author newmovies
    if you have money ,just go with timcastleman otherwise if you want to gain knowledge or experience or experiment try with others searching at google.
  • Profile picture of the author charlesburke
    Depending on the quality you need, you might have to go with a pro setup, including expensive condenser mike.

    On the other hand, if you're recording for streaming audio or simple video things, a good headset mike will give you quite acceptable results.

    I've been recording with GoldWave software for more than 10 years now, but Audacity is also excellent (and free). With both of these programs you can easily edit the sound file (as well as filter out the hiss and hum you often get with straight-to-computer recording).

    If you get especially bad hum or line noise with your particular setup, then you may need to use a separate microphone that uses a shielded (coaxial) cable. A good karaoke mike will do the job. Or go to BSWUSA.com ( Professional Studio Equipment for Audio Broadcast, Audio Recording | BSWUSA.com ) and check out their dynamic "field" microphones. They usually run between $20 and $50. I keep a couple of these around when I need better sound for a CD product.

    Cheers from warm and smiling Thailand,
    Charles
  • Profile picture of the author Shazia Mirza
    I use Audacity, it is Open source and amazing at what it does!
  • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
    Wow, thanks everyone, never knew so many clued up sound engineer here

    I do usually just get someone from voices.com to do my voiceover but I am putting together a series of videos that I want to use to build up a level of familiarity with prospects before I speak to them on the phone.

    I think having my own voice on there will be a big bonus as I hope it will build rapport.

    Going to go now and checkout the free one mentioned and see how well I get on with it.
    • Profile picture of the author AnitaCross
      I've used Adobe Sound Booth, (30 day trial) and liked it. However, I'm using Audacity for the time being. I've been using a $40 Logitech headset, and I was fairly pleased with the results.

      At the kind urging of a fellow Warrior, I'll be providing voice over and narration services in the near future (not for pennies on the dollar Perish the thought), and so I went looking for a better microphone.

      On the recommendation of another warrior, I purchased the Yeti from Blue Microphones. It was under $100 at Amazon, but lists at $150. It is an incredible microphone! If you are going to be doing a lot of your own voice recordings, I highly recommend this mic: professional quality with a consumer price tag!

      As Tim Franklin and charlesburke both pointed out, you'll get a better output if you start with a good mic. But a good headset will produce acceptable recordings too. Just depends on whether or not spending the money on a mic is worth it to you. (Or in the budget...)

      -Anita

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