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Old July 2nd, 2008, 05:19 PM   #1
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What Software Do You Use To Edit Audio?

I'm just curious what king of software all of you guys use to edit your audio. I personally haven't had too much experience with audio editing, so I've just stuck to Soundtrack Pro, and although it's been a little buggy and crashes on occasion, it's worked out for me. I know that a lot of people like pro tools, but from what I've heard it's also extremely expensive.

So I'm wondering, what kind of audio editing software do you use?
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 05:33 PM   #2
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That solely depends on what the purpose of your audio is and what exactly you are trying to do. Assuming you are doing something for interviews, or weddings etc...you are probably ok with Soundtrack because you will only need simple compression and a little boosting. Personally I edit my audio right in the NLE. Also the device you are recording on will determine what needs to be done to the audio.

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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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Pro tools LE with Dv toolkit 2 for me, I used to use AMS Neve Audiofile but it is now too clunky for the new tapeless world.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:30 PM   #4
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 06:09 AM   #5
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For most things I do, I don't do any post production work on them. I hand them a DVD with a sound report and that's usually the last time I see it. However, when I record music (like I did last night with a steel drum band), I will end up doing the post production work on it too. For these types of projects, I use:

Digital Performer, Wave Editor along with a host of plug-ins (including Waves Gold suite ad iZotope's Ozone and RX plug-ins).

Of course you only asked half the question. Having the right software is only part of the post production question. The other half is the playback/monitoring system. For that I use:

Mark of the Unicorn's 2408 MK3, Earthworks Sigma 6.2 monitors, and QSC's RMX2450 power amplifier.

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Old July 3rd, 2008, 11:25 AM   #6
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Logic Audio Pro 8
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 11:54 AM   #7
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Protools HD Accel, Protools le on my laptop and at my daytime gig Sonar and Audition...
For voiceovers, Audition is my favorite. I love the spectrum view editing - you can just cut out clicks and pops visually.
But for multitracking, Protools is great.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 04:33 PM   #8
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Steinberg Wavelab

Steinberg Wavelab with Waves plug-ins - I pretty much always refine the original sound with:

- compression
- EQ

and lastly when I render the audio I put the Waves L2 Ultramaximiser to increase loudness without distorting the peaks. I render a 24 bit wav file which I bring back into Vegas.

Where possible I record the audio in the 1st place to a digital recorder - significantly better quality than recording to HDV in the camera.

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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:18 PM   #9
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Sony Soundforge, but Adobe Audition is good for some things. The free Audacity is actually rather good - but I just like Sound Forge.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 07:16 PM   #10
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Protools LE DVtoolkit 2, Mix51, and Waves plugins. Rock solid App. Industry standard. Such a good editing interface it's hard to see me using anything else.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 07:26 PM   #11
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What about editing sound for a short film, let's say.

I'd need to preview the video in sync in the audio as I edit.
Right?

I'm not sure how audio for film is edited, what is done or what is needed.

I've seen that Adobe Soundbooth opens a video window if you throw a video in there, so you edit in sycn. But Soundbooth is far from what a pro would use.

So anyone with prior experience, enlight me.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 12:44 PM   #12
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Are you using a PC or a Mac?

Exactly what are you editing? Just the recorded dialog? Or are you adding music, sound effects, live music through midi, etc.?

How many audio sources will you be using at once?

What video editor are you using?

Sorry for the basic questions, but answers will help pinpoint more specifically what might be good to use.

Most modern apps can give you a video preview to work with.

It also makes a difference if you have used audio apps before or the whole territory is new to you.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 02:35 PM   #13
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I prefer Pro Tools LE 7.4 for multi-tracking & editing, and Ableton Live for sound design, and MIDI sequencing (though Pro Tools has gotten a lot better at this).

I sweeten almost every track with Izotope's Ozone plugin. I love the 4 Band Master - Widening and Excitation preset (tweaked each time, of course).

Also, I've been playing with Audioease' Speakerphone plugin as well. It's amazing for creating realistic environments, telephone conversations, and creative sound design.

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I sweeten almost every track with Izotope's Ozone plugin. I love the 4 Band Master - Widening and Excitation preset (tweaked each time, of course).
-Dmitry
Do you use Ozone as a track plug-in/effect? I had thought it was primarily a mastering plug-in.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 04:44 PM   #15
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Are you using a PC or a Mac?

Exactly what are you editing? Just the recorded dialog? Or are you adding music, sound effects, live music through midi, etc.?

How many audio sources will you be using at once?

What video editor are you using?

Sorry for the basic questions, but answers will help pinpoint more specifically what might be good to use.

Most modern apps can give you a video preview to work with.

It also makes a difference if you have used audio apps before or the whole territory is new to you.
I've used Cool Edit a lot before.

I'm not so familiar with some tech stuff (how to properly EQ, use of filters etc.), but basic editing is fine.

I use PC. Adobe CS3 programs, Premiere, After Effects and I'm thinking about starting to use Audition.

Will audition give me that?
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