Native audio vs. dedicated recording software

Many multimedia development programs have native recording capabilities that allow users to record directly within the software production environment, instead of using a dedicated recording software or device.

I usually prefer using the dedicated recording software (I like Sony SoundForge), as these programs have greater capabilities and options that enable the narrator to produce higher quality results, with greater flexibility in the production and editing.

For example,  I always run a noise gate processor to remove background noise, and tweak the equalization slightly to increase intelligibility.  These capabilities are well worth the small investment in dedicated recording software.

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