At one time, the biggest consideration involved in setting up a voice over studio revolved around the microphone. While voice over mics still hold importance, software has taken center stage as the big necessity for high-quality voice overs. Curious about the voice acting software currently on the market? Consider investing in one of the voice over recording software programs detailed below:
|Adobe Audition CS6||Mac OS X; Windows XP, 7 and 8||Automatic speech alignment; pitch correction; parameter automation; HD video playback; clip spotting; cross-platform design||Former Soundbooth users are encouraged to upgrade to Audition for $99||$350|
|Adobe Soundbooth CS5||Mac OS X; Windows Vista, XP and 7||Task-based interface; multi-track audio projects; dynamic linking of video sequences from Adobe programs; royalty free scores||Sales of Adobe Soundbooth officially ended in April, 2011, although voice over artists on a budget may be able to access Soundbooth from other sources||$200|
|Audacity 2.0.2||Windows; Linux; Mac OS X||Conversion and remastering for old recordings; multi-track recording; multi-file import and export; sync-lock tracks||Open source sound editor||Free|
|Sound Forge 10||Windows Vista, XP, 7 and 8||Noise reduction plug-ins; musical instrument file processing; floating window docks; tabbed browsing; interactive tutorials||Sound Force Mac edition available -- Mac version is similar to Sound Forge 10||$500|
|GoldWave||Mac OS X; Linux; Windows||Audio analysis; remastering for old recordings; file conversion; sound mixing; speech recognition; audio extraction; visual plug-ins||Impressive compatibility as compared to other for-pay sound editing programs||$50|
|Cubase 7||Mac OS X; Windows 7 and 8||MIDI composing and sequencing; music notation; chord generator; multi-track editing; warp quantizing; user community||Versatile software that meets the needs of composers, musicians, voice over artists, engineers and producers||$500|
A number of factors need to be taken into consideration as you strive to select the right audio recording program for you. First, decide on a software budget. While free programs like Audacity can get you started, you'll eventually find your recording capabilities limited if you fail to upgrade. As you may have noticed in the above chart, there's a wide price range involved in audio recording software. It's possible to obtain decent software for under $100, but for the ultimate recording and editing experience, you may need to pay a bit more. Keep in mind that there may be additional fees for add-ons and plug-ins.
Another thing to consider: How serious are you about your voice over career? If this is just something you are doing for fun on the side, fancier software setups may be a waste of money and storage capacity. On the other hand, if you're in the midst of setting up a professional business, high-quality software is worth its weight in gold. Keep the type of voice overs you intend to record in mind as well, as professionals who place a greater emphasis on music, sound effects and multi-track recording are best served by top-of-the-line programs such as Cubase, Audition and ProTools. Ultimately, your budget is the determining factor, but don't hesitate to save up a little extra for the appropriate voice over recording software.