Best Voice Recording Software

Discussion in 'Mixing & Editing' started by AbeFroman, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. AbeFroman

    AbeFroman Guest

    Hello Everyone,

    I wanted to see what you thought was the best software to record and edit voice. I have a friend starting a new business and they are doing a lot of voice recording that they need to then edit and burn onto CDs. What would be the best program for doing this? Also, I am building the computer that will be used to record, so if you have any recommendations for hardware that would be great. I remember that Creative had the live drive for a while, but I am not sure if that is any good. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Hello Sausage King!!!

    Welcome to RO!

    My advice would be to buy one of the lesser expensive Firewire interfaces from the likes of Presonus or Mackie. Both will fulfill the soundcard requirements (the SB stuff isn't likely going to cut it) as well as the software. They'll come with something like Cubase (though a limited version, it's likely to be more than the guy needs) or Tracktion (a great and highly underrated package).

    Check with Sweetwater for some good deals. If you don't already have a guy, talk to Craig at ext 1374. Let him know I sent you. He's good and he knows his stuff.


  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    Cucco has made some good suggestions. He has recommended some very nice sounding audio interfaces.

    On the other hand, since your intentions are only to record vocals, my next question to you would be spoken or singing??? There's a big difference you know. So a reasonable microphone input and a decent sounding general-purpose microphone for spoken word would be more than adequate. In fact, the venerable Shure SM58/Beta 58 into a lower-cost USB interface with at least a single or 2 XLR inputs would cut the mustard. M-Audio also offers numerous inexpensive USB audio interfaces that includes ProTools, starting at just $299! That would be the M-Box I I mini and for an additional $100 and change for the M-Box I I with 2 microphone inputs and ProTools included.

    As far as the computer is concerned, if you're just doing spoken word, a lower end, lesser expensive laptop, with a CD burner, would probably be a better idea than a custom-built desktop with noisy fans.

    Loving my two laptops
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  4. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    OK, my turn.

    How about a used MBox 1, they go for $150.00 on Craigslist.
    Protools LE should come with it, most are offering it with V7.
    The MBox (The original) has a pair of great little mic pres!!!

    I personally hate the pres on the MBox II !!! :shock:
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    TVPostSound I have to admit, I actually really haven't evaluated the microphone preamps on my M-Box 2. I really hadn't intended on using them but I figured, if I had to, they'd be adequate. I actually only wanted ProTools so that I could offer it to those who wanted it. In what way do you perceive the differences between the the version 1 & 2 preamps and why do you think they changed it so significantly? I generally only use my Neve and/or API stuff but I find most inexpensive microphone preamps these days to be of an adequate, neutral, mediocre quality good enough for most. Most people don't know what I know or hear what I hear anyhow. Of course that's no reason not to make things the best you can. But then I live in Washington DC, where everything is mediocre. Maybe I've gotten too used to it?

    A job worth doing, is worth doing well.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  6. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    The pres on the MBox 2 series sound just like the pres on the 002R, which I think are the same. They all sound muddy to me. I warm up to Mackie VLZ pres better thn those.

    The MBox 1 was designed by Focusrite. The pres remind me of the "Green" series Focusrite had for a couple of years. Remember the "Flintstone" preamp??
  7. grkblood13

    grkblood13 Guest

    i just got an mbox 2 for pro tools and interface purposes only. i will not be using the preamp. i am currently looking into getting a presonus eureka. so i guess my question is does the MBox 2 serve as a good interface? I hope I didnt go wrong by buying it.
  8. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    grkblood13, I think the line inputs are perfectly adequate for 24-bit 44.1kHz/48kHz. The M-Box2 is not capable of higher sample rates such as the optional 192kHz sampling capabilities of the Eureka's optional digital card. Personally, I don't care to record at any other sample rates other than 44.1kHz/40 8kHz. And should a client want a higher sample rate, I can deliver a 88.2kHz/96kHz through 2 different interfaces. I just couldn't do that to/with, ProTools. I could track into my other audio programs if necessary. If you're really into that quality thing, it might be something you want to consider?

    I also didn't know that Focusrite made the original M-Box 1. Thanks! Can't go wrong with that. I really think it's cool when I learn something new on!

    New trick. Old dog.
    Ms. Remy Ann David

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