auphonicIn April of 2013 I wrote a blog about Auphonic.  They’re still in business…so SOMEONE must be using their service.  I just wonder if any of those users are voice-actors.  You?

Auphonic’s website states:  “…We develop next generation audio algorithms using a combination of music information retrieval, machine learning, signal processing and big data to create automatic audio post production software for broadcasters, podcasts, radio shows, movies, audio books, lecture recordings, screencasts and more…”  [again, voice acting not mentioned]

A quick visit to their website will show you that you get 2 free hours of audio processing time/mo from their web-based service (minimum file = 3 min) upon registration.  Just design a pre-set (tags, sharing, name, and other audio parameters)…upload a file,  and let their software do the rest.  They offer processing of multi-track projects as well.

9 processed hours of audio/mo costs $11…and they have pricing plans for 21, 45, 100 or >100 hours/mo.  Another pricing plan offers one-time processing credits to be purchased.

There are also Android and iOS apps for use on mobile devices.  In addition, you can use their desktop apps for Windows or Mac.  They also

Auphonic connects you to a number of external services; most notably SoundCloud and YouTube.  Auphonic also allows for incoming/outgoing file transfers to DropBox, GDrive, Amazon, FTP. 

What do you get?

  • intelligent leveler
  • loudness normalization
  • audio restoration (noise and hum reduction, filtering)
  • optimal encoding (mp3, FLAC, ACC, etc)
  • support for video input and output

This Austrian company seems to be targeting museum audio tracks, lecture or conference recordings, podcasts, and broadcast facilities (among others).  I just see no reason why it wouldn’t work for voice-actors too.

Here’s a poor quality audio recording I did on my iPhone’s resident mic, just to see what Auphonic could do with it.  I recorded on the Auphonic app on my iPhone 6s+, and the resulting file was an ACC format. (after processing, I changed this to mp3 for comparison purposes here).

Now, here’s the result I got back from Auphonic in less than a minute, translated to mp3 automatically, and downloadable from my account on the site. (it lets you compare both files, BTW, and keeps them on the site for 21 days)

Well, whadya think?

I didn’t tweak a think…no gain, no effects…both files are untouched (OK, I took out some breath inhales).

Again, wondering if you or anyone you know in voiceover land is using this service?

CourVO

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