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Whether you’re new to the industry or want to learn more about technical aspects, getting new equipment can be really unpleasant. Most buyers will expect you to record professional, high quality audio from your home studio, and an important part of this process involves the recording software used.

In recent days we surveyed several of our talents. We wanted to find out what equipment they use when recording not only auditions but also final audio tracks. It’s important to consider that in today’s world of online casting most voice actors have their own home studio. Buyers will take into account the audio quality as well as your voice when listening to your auditions so give yourself every advantage.

Below you will see the top 5 audio recording software in our community.

  1. Twisted Wave

TwistedWave can read and write files in many different file formats, it also automatically detects silences and you can undo all the modifications you have made to your file. You can freely experiment with new effects without fear of making mistakes. What makes TwistedWave unique is its ability to deal with very large files. You don’t have to wait until it has finished loading a file or applying an effect before you can start playing the result or applying another effect. It is only when you want to save the resulting file that you will have to wait for all the pending tasks to be completed.

Price: $79.90

  1. Sound Forge

Sound Forge is a digital audio editing software created by Sony Creative Software which is aimed at the professional and semi-professional markets. It includes a set of audio processes, tools and effects for manipulating audio. It allows you to edit, record and master nearly any form of digital audio (including WAV, AIFF or MP3).  There is a Sound Forge product that’s right for everyone depending on your needs. Sound Forge is a good way to get from raw audio to a finished masterpiece.

Price: from $59.95 up to $599.95

  1. Audacity

Audacity is a free software developed by a group of volunteers. It is a software application for recording and editing audio. In addition to recording audio from multiple sources, Audacity can be used for post-production of all types of audio. Audacity’s features include noise reduction based on sampling the noise to be minimized; support for multi-channel modes with sampling rates up to 96 kHz with 32 bits per sample; precise adjustments to the audio speed (tempo) while maintaining pitch in order to synchronize it with video or run for a predetermined length of time.

Price: F-R-E-E

  1. Pro Tools

Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation developed and manufactured by Avid Technology. It gives you everything you need to compose, record, edit and mix great audio tracks. It supports 16-, 24-, 32- and 64-bit float audio at sample rates up to 192 kHz, and can handle WAV, AIFF, MP3, AIFC, WMA and SDII audio files. This software is used mostly for music creation and composition. It’s known for how easy it makes turning ideas into fully realized songs. However, it’s also a good option when doing audio post-production, mixing, sound design and live recording.

Price: $599 or $24.92/month (access Pro Tools only when needed)

  1. Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is a powerful audio post-production and sound editing application. You can mix, create or edit audio content with a comprehensive toolset. This audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows and audio finishing. Adobe Audition includes powerful tools that let you remove sounds easily and efficiently. Among other features, Adobe Audition lets you remove specific, isolated sounds or annoying background noise in one step.

Price: $239.88/year or $29.99/month

 

There are many recording tools available on the market. Each one offers different types of products and features to create professional recordings and audio files. These programs let you choose the file type and size that you want. Some of these options are called ‘industry standards’, but they are also pricey and have overrated features for most voice talents. Check out what each option offers, think about what you want to offer as a voice talent and make an informed decision based on your needs and not on what the industry says.

 

What do you think? What’s your go-to editing software? Share your thoughts with us and other Voice123 voice talents in the comments below or via Twitter and Facebook. We’re sure many will learn from your experiences.