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brad hebert
Voice-Over Gear
on Feb 1, 2008 at 8:54:10 pm

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 with 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?

Plug-ins:
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.




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Ty Ford
Re: Voice-Over Gear
on Feb 2, 2008 at 2:30:13 pm

[brad hebert] "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.

**Hello Brad and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum. I too have FCP and STPro. I have been operating DAW software since 1987. The last 8 years or so; Pro ToolsLE. I echo your grumblings over ST Pro. I'm an audio geek. It appears that ST Pro was developed by computer geeks with no sense of how audio geeks operate audio gear. I wish Apple would take me on a nice vacation and ask me 3 thousand questions about their interface. I've alpha/beta tested audio software before. I think I could help.

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 with 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?)

**If you go Digidesign (I own an 002 and an 003 and like them very much) Go with hardware that uses firewire instead of USB. All USB I know of has latency problems.

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

**Don't know those preamps. I bypass the preamps and AD conversion by using third party preamps and A/D converters with my Digi gear. The stock Digi is OK, I wanted better.


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Ty Ford


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