Specialty software designed just for voice-actors is rare. It’s usually musicians, producers, or DJ’s etc. who are the target, and voiceover artists have to adapt it.
But Word2Wav was one of those unique, gems-of-a-program that could save you, the voice actor, hours of time when you most need it.
Word2Wav automatically handles long ELearning assignments into separate, named, audio files that can be batch-processed and more. You may not often need it, but when you do, it’s a Godsend.
Now, the designer of Word2Wav – Hervé F. Chain – has a new time-saver offering
that even more of us VO’s might benefit from.
Chain calls it: WAVsplitter, and lest you think he is splitting hairs between the two software programs, please read my brief Q & A with him below. I also include his official announcement for the release of the program, and a short video explaining his product.
Oh, and you can get a free 6-month subscription to WAVsplitter by registering before Tuesday, December 3rd of this year.
1. What segment of the VO marketplace is better served by WAVsplitter vs. Word2Wav? In other words, what was the perceived need aside from Word2Wav?
Word2WAV uses its own recording engine. Although most people are happy with the recording quality, some had issues like clicks or latency. Some found the editing features lacking. I do not have the resources nor the knowledge to address these issues, so Word2WAV is of no use to these people.
So I thought “What if am able to use commercial software to record and edit, and limit myself to the splitting and naming the files, which is really what Word2WAV is all about.” With WAVsplitter, the talent works as he/she usually does, with his/her favorite tool to record and edit. Then switches to WAVsplitter to do the mundane, time-consuming and error-prone task of splitting and naming the files. This is also a great solution for studios which can receive any file (wav or mp3) regardless of how it was recorded (Windows, Mac, standalone units).
2 What particular genre of VO is WAVsplitter best suited for?
In general, Word2WAV is ideal for short files, while WAVsplitter can handle longer ones. With a short file, it easier and faster to re-record it. With longer files, it makes sense to keep recording, then edit the bad takes. You can do that with the software you are familiar with.
3. What were the challenges of developing WAVSplitter?
The development was not too difficult once I had the concept clear in my mind. But refining the user interface, debugging and testing, and writing a manual and preparing demo videos take forever!
4. Is this release the full version, or a Beta?
A working Beta 🙂
5. What kind of feedback are you seeking for this release?
What does not work, what feature can be added or modified, just any constructive feedback.
6. Is this for PC and Mac? Installation for either is easy?
PC only, no plan for a Mac version. Installation is straightforward, exactly as Word2WAV.
7. What do you think will be the final price-point for this software?
I am pricing it at $95/year.
Discover WAVsplitter, a new software designed to automatically split, name, and save numerous files according to a predefined list. Unlike Word2WAV which requires the narrator to use the software to record, WAVsplitter is compatible with all recording software. Just record and edit as you usually would using your favorite software (Audacity, ProTools, etc.), then let WAVsplitter name all your files precisely according to your script. You can even record on a Mac and import a .wav or an .mp3 file to let WAVsplitter do its magic (WAVsplitter runs on Windows only).