RIP – ISDN
Live sessions from your home with ISDN… This is what revolutionized the idea of work from home for Voice Over Artists. One minute being a VO talent meant knowing where all the major (and not so major) studios were and traveling from one to the other … possibly even commuting to different cities. And then suddenly going to work was as simple as putting on your robe … and going down to your basement where your home studio with its brand spanking new ISDN line was set up.
This is what British Voice Over Artist Mike Cooper had to say about it ”
ISDN has served the industry well, but the costs involved can mount up: there are installation costs, line rental and call charges to pay. Each session at 128Kbps uses two 64Kbps lines, which means twice the price of a normal phone call, for the duration of the session. This can make using ISDN internationally quite costly. ”
Well yeah.. there is always a cost right? but the world has moved on and technology is improving at an exponential rate. ISDN which has long been the industry standard in “live session home recording” might finally be replaced.
Technology like beligium created VoIP phenomenon Skype now replaces the need for ISDN voice direction ”
If you need to direct me while I’m reading, you can dial into my studio and listen in as I record. This can even be done via Skype – with the audio from my microphone routed directly into the program. For most people’s purposes this is more than sufficient, with the finished voice track then sent on after the session. ”
This brings us to the Harbingers of the ISDN studio death :
These two applications (Audio TX also has hardware dongles that are required) are based on the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) techonology… just like Skype. Both deliver high quality audio over an internet connection, provided that each party has the appropriate software and a reasonable connection speed.
Mike Cooper Continues ”
Each of these products has its merits – primarily the avoidance of call charges to anywhere in the world – and Source-Connect in particular has some very impressive features, such as remote transport syncing and auto restore/replace of the audio file after the session, to compensate for any data packets lost during live recording. These features in particular make Source Connect suitable for remote dubbing to picture.I’m pleased to have passed Source Elements’ Certification programme for Source-Connect, allowing clients to connect to my studio confident in the knowledge that everything works. ”
Source-Connect is software based and quite alot cheaper than Audio TX… but at this point in time Audio TX is the more popular technology.
You can always download a trial version of either software and see how you feel about them… The price is around 400$ (give or take) for Source Connect… and almost double that for Audio TX.
Still a crap load cheaper than ISDN.