ACX recommends a method, when recording audiobooks with ProTools, called “punch and roll” – when you make a mistake, the software rolls back and lets you pick up with a correction.
(I have a pretty elegant way of using Audacity for producing audiobooks, called the StairStep method, here, if you’re interested. We’ve tested it, and it’s faster, and a better workflow, than punch and roll.)
But now, a smarty pants VO2GoGo fan has a way to do “punch and roll” with Sound Forge.
I got this email the other day from subscriber and fellow SAG-AFTRA member 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,
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.