recording scripts Posted by jgpuppet11 on Nov 04, 2008
need instructions on recording scripts, using our own voices
Re: recording scripts Posted by Chris Arveson on Nov 04, 2008
I'm not sure what kind of instructions you are looking for, but here is what I do.

I record directly into my computer. For several years I used Goldwave software for recording and editing sound files. Since I usually do all the voices myself, I record all the parts for one character at a time. Each line is a separate sound file. Once I complete one character's parts, I do another's. That way I can keep the voices more consistent. Also, when I record a line, I don't worry about mistakes. I'll just back up a bit to where I know there should be a pause, and pick up again, until I have every bit of the line recorded the way I want it. Then I use the program to delete out the errors. That way I end up with a clean recording of every line. I have also found that I make a lot fewer mistakes this way, because the pressure of getting it all absolutely perfect in one take is gone.

After I have all the parts recorded, I have to assemble them in order. Previously I used a program called Multiquence, which is from the same folks that make Goldwave. With Multiquence you can place the different sound files in the order you want them on as many tracks as you need. Rearranging is very easy. Then I add in music and sound effects as needed. Once I have all the parts in the right order, the program will mix them all together in whatever format you need. I used to save them as wav files, and burn them to a cd. Now I use mp3 files so that I can use my little mp3 player as my sound source.

As I said above, I used to use Goldwave and Multiquence. I have absolutely nothing against them, I just had the opportunity to buy Adobe Audition at a great price, so that's what I am using now. It does what Goldwave and Multiquence does, but in one program. I know there are lots of audio editing programs out there, so there are many options to choose from. You can try Goldwave and Multiquence for free (with all of their capabilities) but eventually they really do want you to pay for them.

Another advantage to this method is that when I do co-opt my wife into helping with female voices, she can do it at a time completely separate from when I do my parts. If you have a lot of different people doing the voices, you can schedule folks at their convenience, rather than trying to find a time that's good for everyone.
Re: recording scripts Posted by jgpuppet11 on Nov 05, 2008
Thanks Chris, this is just what I was looking for.

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