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Which recording suite should you use?

Whether you're an experienced voice over artist or you're just starting out, if you're planning to record your voice reels on your PC one of the most important things to consider is the recording software you choose to use. The right software can be used for all types of editing, such as changing the tempo of recordings, deleting background noises, manipulation of voices and much, much more. The problem is, with so many different packages available, which one do you choose? Well, to help you navigate around the many suites available, we've come up with a few suggestions to help you get started.

For those voice over artists who are just starting out and donít want to commit to purchasing recording software, thereís Audacity, a free voice recording software which is very easy to use, and is compatible with most operating systems including Mac and Linux. For a free piece of software, Audacity is feature rich and very easy to use. For more information on Audacity click here

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Sony Sound Forge is a low budget suite that, with a little hunting online, can be picked up for around £35, so for those of you who are looking to purchase quality on a budget, this may be for you. You can edit and restore your audio, burn your own CDs, create streaming media, and convert audio files - all using simple commands. Apply studio-quality audio effects such as EQ, delay, chorus, reverb, and more. Eliminate clicks, pops, and other noise. Exclusive Show Me How tutorials provide interactive, step-by-step help while you work. For more information on Sony Sound Forge click here

If you do a lot of voice over work and you love that top of the range studio feel when creating a radio spot, look no further than Adobe Audition 3. Itís at the top end of the budget scale, but for your money you get access to an endless list of tools and plugins, and an ease of use that is surprising considering the feature set. For pure editing itís one of the stronger suites out there, albeit with a heavy price tag. For more information on Adobe Audition 3 click here

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