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Voice-Over Gear

Discussion in 'Recording' started by innergalactic, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. innergalactic

    innergalactic Active Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    I hope some of your opinions will help me decide on some upgrades to the voice-over DAW where I work (media production and post). We have 5 nice MacPros, but the VO machine is a G4. It should be enough for the audio we need to do. The interface is an older MOTU 828 (not mk).

    New DAW:
    I use Cubase at home to record music, and I like it.
    At work, we use Final Cut for video editing, and have been using Soundtrack Pro to record VOs. I've really tried to like Soundtrack, especially since it's made to integrate with FCP, but the more I use it, the less impressed I am. The input and output meters don't read the same, and they don't even have dB markings (am I missing something?), among other non-intuitive aspects.

    Anyway, I'm trying to decide on a new DAW, and possibly a new interface. I'm thinking either an Mbox with ProTools LE, or the Lexicon Lambda wit Cubase SE. I know some clients aren't as familiar with Cubase for post-type work as ProTools or Nuendo - so that's actually a consideration. However, I'm more familiar with Cubase, and if the company grows then Nuendo would be an easy upgrade (and probably less expensive than ProTools HD from LE, right?)

    Any opinions or other suggestions? Do the old 828s still stand up to the preamps on these newer, cheaper interfaces?

    We're considering a couple nice plug-ins to sweeten the VOs and beef-up some stuff for radio and tv. Everybody knows Waves is great - but any other suggestions? There has been such an influx of new plug-ins, and I'm sure many of them are good.
  2. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    I wont get into the DAW battle at this point!!
    But with the right mic, preamp, and treated room/VO booth, you wont need to look at extensive processing.
    I barely touch any VO for my shows.
    That being said, Pro Tools has a fine EQ (EQ III) built in. Massey has an awesome compressor (CT4), and limiter (L2007) for $69 each.

    Lastly, what about an Apogee Duet/Neumann TLM49 on SoundTrackPro.
    There is no need to compress a VO going in, and processing (eq/verb/compression) is determined by the mix.

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