Whether you are a professional voice over from Voice Cowboys, or someone with a good idea for a podcast: after selecting a voice-over microphone you will also have to determine the most suitable voice over software for you. We list the most used paid and free voice-over programs for you.
Free software doesn't sound worse
The most important thing to know is that the free voice-over online tools available don't sound bad. After all, they also record digitally, and apart from the lack of functions to record in extra high quality, the disadvantage of these tools is mainly in their use.
Premium tools are especially more convenient
Since users of premium voice-over tools pay for their use, much more attention can and is of course given to the user-friendliness and speed of a tool. So you will get used to it faster and you will probably also be able to work with it faster.
What most professional voice-overs do is first invest in good voice-over hardware (in most cases a good USB audio interface and microphone) and then, when the assignments or podcasts increase in frequency, invest in premium voice-over software.
Choosing the right software is a personal thing, but Voice Cowboys has conducted a round of phone calls to its most popular voiceovers to find out which programs are used the most. This results in two clear winners, in terms of the paid and free variant.
Top 5 Most Used Voice Over Programs
1. Murf Voice Over online (paid & trial version)
2. Pro Tools (paid & free)
3. Audacity (free)
4. GarageBand (free on Mac)
5. Logic Pro X (paid on Mac)
1. Murf Voice Studio (paid & trial version):- Murf Voice Studio is one of the best free voice over online tools and is a popular provider in the professional segment; it is one of the easiest ways through which you can add professional voice-overs to your videos and other presentations. It is not going to consume much time and can be carried out within a few minutes. All you need is to write your script there and you will get an option of different voices across more than 10 languages. It saves lots of effort.
2. Pro Tools (paid and free)
Pro Tools from Avid is considered the most advanced voice-over software. The package has been famous for 25 years for its capabilities and perfect integration with the acclaimed Waves plugins, which sound by far the best in audio editing. However, most voice-overs don't need this.
Pro Tools is most commonly used in studios dedicated to producing radio and TV commercials. In that case, you want to work with a lot of post-editing and sound effects, so you will want to record a lot of plug-ins on many different tracks. The voice-over often only uses one or two tracks. Pro Tools is a bit more difficult to learn than Audition.
3. Audacity (Free)
Most people have the first touch with audio editing with Audacity. This is a free voice-over package and does not have a professional (paid) version, so the marketing of this tool goes without saying. We are also writing about it now.
Audacity is pretty basic, making it relatively quick to learn. Still, Audition is much more intuitive, but you pay something for that. Audacity also lacks really useful plug-ins to make your audio or voice-over sound better. Nowadays, your client often does the post-processing, so that is not very bad for a voice-over.
4. GarageBand (Free on Mac)
GarageBand is the stripped-down version of Logic. It includes options for audio editing and if you have learned to work with it a great voice-over program. We hardly use GarageBand at our voice office, but that is because we ourselves find Pro Tools the most complete and prefer Audition for simple editing.
5. Logic (paid on Mac)
Logic Pro X is the professional version of GarageBand, so our GarageBand review applies in part to this. You should know that, in general, Logic is more commonly used for music productions and Pro Tools for speech and audio productions in general. Voiceovers that use Logic are therefore often songwriters who are already used to Logic.
And the best software is ... what works for you!
Just like the eternal discussion between macOS and Windows users, this is also the case with voiceover software. The most ideal software for this is a mix of options, affordability, and above all user experience.