DIRECTING VOICE SESSIONS OVER SKYPE

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studio-1CAN SKYPE ACT AS A VIABLE, LOW-COST ALTERNATIVE TO ISDN?

Well. yes and no. I regularly connect to record voiceover sessions with one of my biggest clients via Skype – and as a tool for giving direction and monitoring performances it works well. The sound quality isn’t good enough for the producer to record and use at their end, it’s necessary for the voice artist to record the audio in their studio and then deliver by uploading to an FTP site post session. That’s no bad thing, as the producer gets to download nice uncompressed 24 bit audio just minutes after the session has finished. The downside is that this solution lacks the absolute immediacy of ISDN (where the producer can begin working with the audio he’s recorded down the line in real time from the moment he’s hit the Stop button) and the lower fidelity can hide the technical subtleties a producer is listening for, such as distortion, mic ‘pops’ or a noisy signal. To this end, the producer has to trust that the VO is competent at spotting such flaws themself. As an experienced producer, I’d like to think I can and do! So if you don’t have access to ISDN, but would still like the flexibility to listen in to the session and direct me yourself via Skype, please get in touch!

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