It took 1 studio, 2 actors, 2 countries, Source Connect, and dash of ISDN to make some special audio magic.
Connecting to voice actors for recording sessions opens up a plethora of options. (mostly I wanted to write a sentence where I wrote "plethora"). While ISDN is still the argued standard, and Source Connect is the argued second; there are still others that fall into the pool of "other". Whether it's ipDTL, Source-Connect Now, SoundStreak, Skype, or a classic phone patch; directing a voiceover session has never been easier.
For me, sessions are about even when it comes to direction options. Last week I had just as many Source Connect sessions as ISDN sessions. And had just as many phone patch as I did Skype. What does that mean? Probably nothing, it just is what it is. While the technology landscape is changing, a universal agreed upon standard is why 1) ISDN isn't going anywhere, and 2) there are so many new players in the game. However I love audio recording innovation, and hope it continues.
ISDN To the Rescue!
Last week, however, was a particularly awesome session! It was booked as a Source Connect session with a studio in Spokane, WA. The script was "partner" style, with a female voice actor playing the other role. On those, sometimes you get to read live, but most times they record the actors separate and smash it together. While I was waiting for the studio to connect, the time kept passing with no word. I checked all my connections and it seemed fine, but the studio hadn't initiated the session yet. Then I got an email asking if they could do ISDN instead. Weird, but that's fine. I fired up the Telos Zephyr and then...chirp chirp.
Live Partner Read.
What waited for me on the other side was the studio, and the female voice actor, who was connected via Source Connect from London! I quickly realized, they couldn't have both of us connected with Source Connect at the same time, so they re-wired it! I was ISDN to the studio, she was Source Connect, and they patched us together so we could do a live partner read! So cool! Now we have 3 forms of tech, 2 actors, 1 studio, 2 different countries, and 2 different states. Neato!
Without ISDN though, I'm not sure what would have happened. Might have done separate sessions, which is normal, but for this one I think they really wanted a live read. Which totally paid off! They put together a great spot!
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