Voice Over Equipment and Software?
What do you use to capture and edit voice overs? I.e. how do you like to capture voice over audio? What do you use to edit the voice over track?
From some reviews I read, it looks like Adobe Soundbooth may be a useful tool edit voice overs. Anyone use it?
p.s. Yes, I did a search but couldn't find anything specific enough.
Here's something that might help:
http://www.vasst.com/article.aspx?id...6c2d74d&type=1 (sub. req.-free)
I had some other links but they don't seem to be working for me.
"Buy Adobe Audition if:
You are a sound designer, musician, recording engineer, mastering engineer, or other audiocentric professional and you need an all-in-one toolset for professional audio production.
Buy Adobe Soundbooth if:
You are a designer or developer with little or no background in audio and you need an intuitive, easy-to-use software tool to help you quickly accomplish everyday audio tasks."
You can also get Audacity from the net and it is free. I've been using Cool Edit Pro for years (Adobe Audition now) and have found Audacity to be remarkably powerful audio editor. For voice-overs you just need a good mic and somewhat sound proof environment. Definitely sound absorbing materail on the wall so you dont get that "room" sound. I use the Sure SM7 mic - but it really is a matter of preference. Oh, headphones - get a good set of phones. The most important tool for voice over is choosing a good compressor. Dont compress on recording - but do use a limiter effect on your recorded wave. If you wanna use an equalizer plug in - put it before the compressor. If you gotta good mic you'll only need to boost the upper mids slightly to penetrate over the music.. All this being said - you can do all your audio work in Vegas. Record directly to the timeline. Vegas has a multitude of plug ins to enhance the recording. If you got a lot of noise in the background you can use the Noise Gate to elliminate it between words - but you still hear it "on the words" when the gate opens. Use the compressor cautiously - dont over compress your voice. The compressor is used to make certain all your words are heard. The voice is very dynamic and needs help bringing the low sounds up. Wind-screen: try to use a windscreen to miniminze the popping of your 'Ps". You can take em out in post but its a pain. In some cases you might need to use a "de-esser" plug-in to reduce the sibilence of your 's" sounds. The de-esser only compresses the high-end sounds. Careful not to muddy the rest of your voice though. The most important plug-in will be your compressor/limiter - it can make
the difference between amateur and pro sounding voice overs. I use the hard limiter in Audition to get a powerful sound.
Maybe build yourself one of these!
Looking at those materials, I'd suggests converting one of your closets into a voice-over recording booth.
The simpliest thing to do is carpet the walls of your "studio". Get some remnants and start hanging. We've done that in a bunch of radio stations I've been at over the past years - and it works just fine. If you cant get carpet - use foam bedding material from walmart - or accoustical foam squares place on the walls. You dont have to cover the entire wall - just place them here and there until the room deadens. At my studio - we found a fabric store going out of buisnes and bought a bunch of large thick rugs and put em on the walls....dead as 2 oclock. If you do choose a "booth" you may get a "boxy" sound even with foam. You just about gotta have some space.
Since you can get the voice over mic nice and close the two give aways of voice over are echo and lip sync.
A real cheap way to voice over without echo is to build a phone booth size box out of PVC and throw several blankets over it. It's very good at soaking up extra sounds.
You have to get out of it every ten minutes or so but that works out OK since the operator will need to cue up the next scene before you can start again.
There are two ways to loop. The talent can watch the lips of the on screen talent (often themselves). Some people find that difficult. They are too caught up in watching and in addition you need an extra screen in the booth.
The other way is easy. Just run a set of headphones and a mic inside, let them listen a few times and mimic the words and speed. When it's recorded you just match it up on the time line. This almost always works. (Okay, some talent aren't talented. But, you can't let them know that.)
Hope that helps.