• Jim Edgar

    Hey there Joe –

    Had a booth session when you were recording this podcast, so I had to skip out early from the LIVE stream. While listening on the dog walk this morning, two topics perked up things I’ve experienced recording VO, so I thought I’d share:

    A lot of voice actors gate or expand or (even worse) use A Certain Free DAW’s “Noise Removal” Effect to eliminate noise (really room tone) in their VO recordings. As you mentioned, it often creates a more distracting result than just leaving it intact. However, one quick fix (or approach) to a dead-silent, not-speaking section is to mix room tone back in. In a multi-track DAW like Studio One, this is a very straight forward using a second track of just room tone, or you can use a Special Paste function in a single-track DAW like Twisted Wave to mix room tone back into the voice track. It’s pretty simple to have a library of room tone files, saved at appropriate levels you might use.

    RX (Right now “RX-5”) comes from Izotope. Those tools are from their “Restore & Edit” product lineup. You can actually get the full-blown Audio Editor or Production Suite in a couple different price points, which has all of the Restoration tools and a full working environment with spectral editing, etc. The cool thing is that those tools are available as plug-ins when you buy the Editor/Suite. So, even though I may record my auditions and work mostly in Twisted Wave, I can pull up my RX Dialogue De-Noise tool right through the Effects menu – no distraction in my workflow. Recently they created a Plug-In Pack – De-Click, De-Humm, De-Clip and De-Noise as a separate product which is pretty reasonably priced and shows up on special frequently.

    Anyway – I’ve learned so much from you that I wanted to share something back. Thanks again for all you do!