How To Edit Voice-Over Recordings
A Lot Faster - With A Gaming Mouse!
July 31, 2018
By Neil K. Hess
Voice Actor & Podcast Host
In my days before voice-over, I was a computer gaming nerd (ok ... so I still am).
I was always looking for a better gaming mouse: faster, more buttons, more customizeable. I wanted to be able to score more points, kills, whatever.
As time went on, they got more and more complex. And at the time of this writing, I have actually seen a mouse with at least 18 buttons!
When I started in voice-over, I began to realize: voice over editing stinks. Especially those longer files.
It takes a long time to get through all the material, and this wasn't what I wanted to do, which was speak into the mic and cash the check.
THE MOUSE SHORTCUT
Then one day I had a stroke of genius: What if instead of using keyboard shortcuts for voice-over editing, I instead programmed my gaming mouse to help me with editing? Would it help?
Oh ... it helped. A lot!
I haven't done any thorough scientific measurement, but I think that since I have started editing with my gaming mouse, I have shaved at least half of my time off of voice-over editing.
Here is what I did with my Logitech G602 gaming mouse and Adobe Audition to help make my voice-over editing significantly faster. However, you should be able to do this with almost any DAW and most gaming mice.
The first thing you will need to do is install the software and drivers that come with the mouse. For my mouse, I just googled "Logitech g602 download" and came up with all of the drivers and software I needed.
CHOOSE YOUR FUNCTIONS
Now you will have to do some planning. If most of your gigs are just raw recordings that get sent off to the producer, you might only need to program your export and/or marker buttons.
But if you are like me and end up doing a lot of voice-over editing, exporting, converting and so on, you will want to plan out your buttons wisely.
My mouse has eight buttons on it, so here is what I do with the Logitech G602 and Adobe Audition.
For 99% of my voice-over editing and post recording needs, these settings do the job just fine. But reprogramming them with the Logitech software is VERY easy. Just follow the steps below to reprogram the buttons with a function (or set of functions) you desire.
TO CREATE YOUR OWN SETTINGS ...
You can get a good gaming mouse for less than $50 these days, and for the amount of time I save in voice-over editing, it has paid for itself 10 times over. I can't recommend enough that you give this a try. If you have any questions or suggestions let me know!
Neil K. Hess is a voice-over talent and the host of the Voices On Voice Over Podcast. He specializes in eLearning, with clients including TIME, Hilton, ESPN & Johnson and Johnson.
Voices on Voice Over Podcast: www.voicesonvoiceover.com
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