By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 29, 2007
A story idea from one of our readers!
What do you think of Vox Studio Software? Ever heard of it? Need it, love it, use it, or what?
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Recently, I received an email from Robin Rowan asking me if I've encountered a software program called Vox Studio. This is actually the first I had heard about it I thought it might be fun for all of us here to explore it together.
I just got a request to quote on a 34,000-word dictionary project, where each word needs a separate file! Oh, and it has to be completed by October 1. I had no idea how to bid this job, and totaling up the number of hours it would take to do it left me no time for sleeping! So I called upon other voice talents to ask about how to bid this, and got a wonderful response about VOX STUDIO. What a breakthrough! It is for automated telephone messaging systems mainly, but would work for this, too. Could you tell everyone about this most amazing piece of software? As far as I know, it only works with Windows.
Well, I did some research and discovered that Vox Studio is designed and marketed by Xentec in Belgium, and in the words of the company, a dream come true for those who need to record multitudes of audio files.
Here are some paragraphs referenced from the Xentec website regarding Vox Studio.
"Vox Studio is a software tool for telecom professionals. Its purpose is to create speech files for computer-telephony and voice processing applications such as voicemail, interactive voice response, call centers, phone banking, audiotex, telephony portals, voice gateways and the like. Vox Studio speeds up the time-consuming tasks involved in the production of voice files and produces high-quality telephony files. Such files are often classified as "vox" files, hence the name Vox Studio.
With Vox Studio, these voice files (called "prompts" in the industry) can be created on-site using a PC, a multimedia sound card, a decent-quality microphone, and a reasonably-silent recording room.
Vox Studio starts by recording standard Windows ".wav" files. If required, these can be edited in Vox Studio and then converted into telephony files encoded in various flavors of ADPCM, A-law PCM, Mu-law PCM, linear PCM and other formats. In fact, you can convert a message from any supported format to any other supported format. Vox Studio does support a very large portfolio of manufacturer-specific file formats. It can also convert sound files prepared on a Mac into telephony files. This makes the product useful both for telephony system administrators or integrators and for recording studios. The Vox Studio conversion quality is superb and this is one of the reasons why this product has become an industry standard.
Massive prompt-recording sessions (up to thousands of prompts) are facilitated by the "teleprompter", by the "tape loader" and by the "file slicer" functions built into Vox Studio. The prompter flashes texts one by one on the PC's screen while they are read by the voice-talent (the speaker). It is a very easy and productive way of recording a large number of prompts in one session. The tape loader automatically digitizes, cuts and saves a prerecorded studio tape, without operator intervention. The file slicer does the same thing by cutting a large pre-existing ".wav" file into voice "slices". Professional studio recordings can be chopped in pieces very rapidly and saved as separate digital voice files.
Another, highly time-consuming task, automated by Vox Studio, is the cleaning-up (or trimming) of recorded prompts. Vox Studio can add or remove silence at the beginning and at the end of voice files. Vox Studio does this automatically for you and intelligently adjusts the length of silence to your system requirements."
There are a lots of other features built right into Vox Studio and if you'd like to read more about them, visit the Vox Studio product page at their website here.
Vox Studio is designed to be a productivity tool for sound engineers who regularly need to produce a very large number (i.e. 15,000) of top-quality telecom voice files (but have no time to manually cut, paste and save chunks of sound over and over again). Some of our customers use Vox Studio to produce, literally, tens of thousands of voice files a week. Vox Studio is not another manual sound file editor. There are lots of excellent manual sound editors around if what you are looking for is creativity. If what you are looking for is plain productivity and telecom-specific features, then Vox Studio is what you need.
So, have you had any experience with Vox Studio? What can you share with us about it?
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