How to “Punch In” With Sound Forge

Hey, there!

ACX recommends a method, when recording audiobooks with ProTools, called “punching in” – when you make a mistake, the software rolls back and lets you pick up with a correction.

(I have a pretty snacky way of using Audacity for audiobooks here, if you’re interested.)

But now, a smarty pants VO2GoGo fan has a way to do “punching in” with Sound Forge.

I got this email the other day from subscriber David Stifel:


I see from your amazing website and participation at SAG-AFTRA meetings that promulgation of useful knowledge is something that you like to do.

After enviously eyeing the punch-in capabilities of Pro-Tools and not having the budget or hardware necessary to use that program, I’ve figured out how to simulate the full nine yards of punch-in on Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10.0 – put the cursor where you want to start the punch-in, press a key-combination and then the program by itself:

1) Program previews 3 seconds prior to cursor
2) Launch record dialog
3) Start recording at cursor.

It needs autohotkey installed, and I suspect it is a Windows only solution, but if you would care to get the gory details (mainly the autohotkey script) I’m happy to share the info with you. I used to be in software development (for 28 years), and I am very much in favor of NOT using the big bloated overpriced corporate programs (Pro Tools) to do what is really mundane stuff with the bargain priced tools (Audio Studio).

Best to you,

David Stifel
“That Burroughs Guy”

Well, there you go. If you voice audiobooks, and you use Sony Sound Forge on your Windows machine, drop David a line to get the full skinny on the autohotkey stuff you need to install, and tell him how awesome he is!

Hope this helps.


9 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

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