This was fun. I was hired by a pretty cool boutique agency in Austin called Proof Advertising. Did the session from my home studio and this time, Source Connect Now didn’t cut it. These guys are one of many studios (on the cutting edge imo) who are phasing out ISDN lines and using more Source Connect. It has become the industry-standard ISDN replacement with a deep feature set for all your remote audio recording and monitoring needs. I’m going to talk more about it in a proper post somewhere but let this post be evidence that I’m running into jobs where, if you don’t have this set up in your home studio, the other talent who do are easier to work with than you. Plain and simple.
Source Connect Now is useful sometimes, for small jobs that were going to ask to call you on the phone to direct you in your ear. Now they can just use a Chrome browser and do that with a much better connection, and you can hear them in your headphones in the booth while you are recording into your DAW (digital audio workstation).
But, for bigger jobs like this one, chances are they have ProTools running on their amazing Mac workstation and their browser is Safari. So the session starts, you guys are on the clock and the engineer on their end is frantically trying to download Chrome, which even still won’t be what they had in mind. You see, when they use Source Connect, they have your mic in your studio, routing directly into their DAW, or ProTools set up, as if you are just on the other side of the glass from them recording. Source Connect Now is free and I can use it for clients to direct me into my ear while I am recording the file on my end. Source Connect is a standalone software that connects my microphone to their world. So I don’t even have the audio files at the end of the session. I spoke into my microphone, that audio file was recorded in Austin, TX, and Source Connect brought it there.