Who will kill the dinosaur, ISDN? (No offense to the voice of Barney, Dean Wendt :) This has been a huge debate since the arrival of Source Connect, Audio TX, Audio Compass and others, but the big ole monster is still there, and not going out without a fight!

I am subscribed to many blogs, and "The Ramblings of Some Audio Guy's" topic caught my eye, and if you like the gadgets like me and George Whittam... you'll find Virtual Glass from Esession, well... um... thought provoking.


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Comment by Bob Loza on July 22, 2010 at 11:12pm
One more thing: I did three jobs this week in professional studios. This is one of the main reasons I got into this business. Where did we get this notion that 'professionals' are extravagant peripherals, or that real recording rooms/booths are frilly and unneccessary? I'm in this for the big scene and the long haul. I don't care if I have to 'set this' or put up with "slow" signal, record a voice-only track with an earphone, actually have to work with 'ProTools', or if I have to drive down to Wilshire Blvd. to record an auditon for a real live agent. No short cuts, folks. This is show bizz. You want a job dealing with state-of-the-art? How about recording engineer? I love this business, and regardless of my attitude, you are all deserving of professional respect. I sincerely hope you all have a calendar full of auditions and booked-gigs. That's all that matters to me.
Comment by Bob Loza on July 22, 2010 at 10:58pm
Sorry, kids. These responses are mostly 'tech-heavy' or comments on the "cost" of doing business. New gear - no matter what inscrutable abbreviations or specs you can quote - will not replace or build a voice career that is not productive. If my main career objective was to work at home, I'd have succeeded twenty years ago. I use ProTools or Garageband, I've got Skype, ftp, and easy access to ISDN at 25.00/half hour. Hint: very very successful VO's can live in the outback with total digital connection. If you want to be like that, build a huge client base in the big city, THEN move out to the backwoods. I'm bustin' (and working) my ass off here in LA, where everybody is plugged in. The VO business is a real industry - not a "make a fortune at home' infomerccial. No apologies. I'm on my way down my studio to do my auditions. Good luck to all out there.
Comment by Andrew Heyl on July 17, 2010 at 8:38pm
Really Cool BUT! The sound on the audio is over-compressed and tinny and they need a better VO!!! Zurek? Your post...should be your gig!
Comment by SomeAudioGuy on July 16, 2010 at 6:09pm
LOL steve hammill!

So the short answer is "no", but the long answer is eventually "yes"...

:-P
Comment by Chuck Burke on July 16, 2010 at 12:59am
It could. There is no doubt the day is coming.....technology marches on.....I know I would love an alternative to ISDN ( mine is Source Connect) ...because my telecom want's $500 per MONTH just for the service, never mind anything else.

So while it's just my opinion, Source Connect is the "current wave of the future"....but I can see Virtual Glass making some in roads. As has been said, they are graphic heavy. The have a way to go, but I think they will get there.

Imagine if the Beatles had today's technology. It's easy if you try. :)

Just my two cents. Want change?
Comment by TJ Jones on July 15, 2010 at 9:11pm
I like the theory, but it seemed like there was an awful lot of set this to this, then set this to this,...

Sooner than later, though, I bet we'll see a simple, reliable, one or two click system.
Comment by Brent Halfyard on July 15, 2010 at 1:13pm
I was asked yesterday if I had ISDN for a huge audition with a conference session including LA, Chicago and Florida. I said no, I have phone patch. The session went prefect and I did all the editing and sent files to the client with zero complaints. ISDN may be the standard now, but I agree in that the technology race is still a ways from a true winner. Meantime I won't invest in ISDN or Source Connect but will keep my eyes and ears open
Comment by steve hammill on July 15, 2010 at 1:00pm
The short answer is, "no." The ISDN protocol establishes the reliability of the connection even though the up/down rates promised by ISPs dwarf the minuscule 128k of ISDN.

Any technology using IP is chained to the functions of the protocol: UDP is unreliable; TCP, while reliable adds latency. To get real time delivery of audio using IP you must use UDP which loses packets which translates into drop-outs in the audio connection.

ISDN is EOL though so one of these technologies will eventually emerge as the winner.
Comment by Greg Cutler on July 15, 2010 at 1:00pm
Been waiting for Source Connect to evolve and gain wider acceptance before pulling trigger. In meantime was using Digital Hybrid to include remote clients in session which facilitated playbacks. Turns out that Hybrid and Comcast Digital Phone don't like to play together! No more playback without weird repeater noise. So, sure enough a last minute remote session comes along and I went really old school with AD, Writer, Client on speaker phone!!! They loved the session and were pleased to have saved a bundle on studio rental at their location. Needless to say, Source Connect VST works with several DAW's out there (I use Sonar) and looks like the future for sure. In the meantime, it's Back to The Future!!
Comment by Joe Van Riper on July 15, 2010 at 12:15pm
The day of no ISDN may be coming quicker than we think! I just moved from North Carolina to New York's Hudson Valley, I anticipated no problem getting ISDN in an area so close to the Big Apple. But I didn't factor in Verizon's incredible ambivalence, coupled with their primary focus of becoming an all-wireless company! I ordered the circuit on April 14th. It was installed on June 17th. We're half-way through July and it still doesn't work. I generate repair orders, and somebody at Verizon closes them without checking to see if I have service yet. Field Techs are sick of coming to my house... there's nothing wrong here. In short, if it's copper wire, or even fiber optic, they're not interested in providing service. If it wasn't for Source Connect, I'd have lost a huge amount of national work in the past month or more (I do Jos. A. Bank TV voiceovers, among others). The dropout problem? I just run a backup recording at my end and post it on my FTP site for the receiving studio when we're finished. Simple, easy, and very cost-effective.
Oh, and Source Connect is not exclusive to ProTools (which, by the way, also has a very good PC interface). It works with several other audio systems, and even has a stand-alone version available.

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