Easy ways to connect and get the best performance for your project!
If you wanted to cook an amazing dinner, but didn’t know where to start; what would be easier? Having someone show you how to make that delicious meal? Or having someone tell you “just go make something tasty”? Odds are, if someone told you to go make “something tasty”, your love of anchovies might not be welcomed to the party (I like mine on Caesar salads). It’s always easier if someone shows you the right way and directs you on what's best for them.
Many clients don't realize the important role that direction plays in making sure they are satisfied with a voiceover performance. As a voiceover artist, I have a wide array of abilities and tools within my arsenal to deliver a stellar voice project. Still, my job can be filled with guesswork as I try to figure out what exactly a client wants from their script.
Voiceover works best as a collaborative endeavor and a real voice talent welcomes direction from clients. I have the best chance of making my clients happy if we work together during a session to ensure my performance is on the right track from square one--it moves the project along quicker, and guarantees awesomeness! Luckily, technology has made it very easy to connect talent and clients in a number of ways.
For some projects, you might be content having me record audio in my studio while you provide direction from a remote location. In this case, options like a phone patch or Skype call enable you to be patched into the session while I record the high-quality version myself. If you want to be the one recording the session, however, you need to make sure that the transmission from my end is crystal clear.
ISDN has been the go-to for superior transmissions for years, but the phone-line-based service is starting to be phased out. Newer options make use of the Internet and its lightning-fast data speeds. Services like ipDTL, Source-Connect Now, and Source-Connect (Standard or Pro) facilitate impeccable quality. While Source-Connect Now and ipDTL is a convenient (and free for the client) software, it’s still limited to Google Chrome and the Opus codec (tech nerdy I know).
When I upgraded my own studio to the full version of Source-Connect, it provided a major step up in terms of transmission speeds. The service also allows for ISDN bridging, which can connect my studio to one equipped with ISDN technology and transmit it directly to your ISDN studio. The major benefit of all these options is that you can feel like you are with me in the booth and you can provide direction on the spot--helping both of us be as happy as possible with the final result. And the sound and connection with Source-Connect rocks! I just did a session with a client in Portland and it couldn’t have been smoother!
So when it comes to directing your voiceover talent, ask them what technology they have available. Or make sure you go with a pro that has Source Connect and ISDN. Good direction of voice actors goes a long way in making your project turn out perfectly…and tasty!
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