BOSS Audio: Recording Software

Which audio editing software should you use? Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) bring all the components of mixing consoles to software. How do you get the most out of your DAW to make the best impression on listeners in the three to five seconds you have to grab them? Anne and VO Tech Guru Tim Tippets talk about Twisted Wave, Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, and Audacity, and how not all DAWs are created equal. Everything from your microphone to your interface to your booth … and yes … your DAW can impact how “expensive” you sound. Get valuable tips on the importance of post-production capabilities and how to finish your audio like a #VOBOSS


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode

  1. Audio Recording Software is also known as a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

  2. A DAW brings everything you’d otherwise have on a mixing console in a digital form

  3. All DAWs record at the same level of quality

  4. Most VO Talent only need to record and edit in mono in one track

  5. Advanced programs like “Pro Tools” or “Audition” can be overwhelming for talent who aren’t audio engineers

  6. Twisted Wave was created specifically for voiceover, so it’s very capable, though stripped down to the essentials

  7. Adobe Audition is great for users who want to mix final audio with fewer steps

  8. Audacity is open-source software, which means that a collective of users manipulates the software and puts it out there for the next version

  9. If all you need to do is record your audio (which is unusual) and send it in raw, then you don’t need to pay for a DAW

  10. A freeware DAW will not have the same capability and ease of use as something that you pay for

  11. If you’re using a specific DAW, and you’re successful, do not switch your DAW

  12. With DAWs you can both enhance and subtract from your audio

  13. Most responsible audio editing is about subtracting and imitating mic control

  14. Anything you can do to make your audio sound more expensive, then that’s a smart move

  15. You have 3 to 5 seconds to make an impression on whoever is listening to you, use it to your advantage

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Check out Tim Tippet’s Recommended Software

  2. Learn more about Adobe Audition

  3. Check out Anne’s Favorite DAW: Twisted Wave

  4. Find out more about Audacity

  5. Recorded in ipDTL

Full Episode Transcript

>> It’s time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premiere Business Owner Strategies and Successes being utilized by the industry’s top talent today. Rock your business like a boss, a VO BOSS! Now let’s welcome your host, Anne Ganguzza.

Anne: Hey everyone, welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with the one and only VO Tech Guru, audio engineer extraordinaire, Mr. Tim Tippets. Hey Tim!

Tim: Hello, how are you, Anne?