How Buying Remote Production Works – It’s easier than you think!
For some people navigating business at home is a new phenomena. My heart goes out to you. It takes a hot minute to figure out how to work in what used to be a resting space, with kids and other family members also trying to do the only normal they’ve ever known too. This is the new normal (for a season), and you can still be the champion!
Suddenly there is this overwhelming pressure to produce content online. To be fair, that is where EVERYONE is right now. Everyone is watching, so the content needs to be useful and attractive. Professional. It IS easier than it was 10 years ago.
Production Companies and Voice Artists have been doing remote work for some time and are here to help you be the company hero. You’re doing the best you can, let us help you BE the best you can.
Now let me explain the 3 types of “distance recording”
Email the voice actor your script & I will send you a complete file in return
~ Sounds scary, but it accounts for 85-90% of the work I do
What do you need to get this?
1. A script & any pronunciation mark-ups
2. Pronunciation Markups Examples: B.A.L = Ball or B-A-L, Names, Technical Words, or Foreign Words
3. Budget for the voiceover - Based on Audience Size & Length of Script & How many Pick-ups / Retakes / Drop-ins are needed
4. What type of file do you want: .WAV, .Mp3, or Something else.
If any mistakes are made on my part due to direction or mispronunciation I am always here to make that correction free of charge. You are my priority.
Similar to Independent Recording
You will send the voice talent a script with notations and negotiated number of pick-up/drop-ins included into the budget...
You will also schedule a time to be on the phone during the voice talent’s recording. The talent is doing the recording on their high quality audio capture, and you will be listening in.
The talent will send the broadcast quality file via a file transfer service. Much like our first scenario, but with phone call options.
What do you use to "call in":
“Phone Patch” is an actual phone number where you use your phone to call the studio phone and listen in.
“Voice Over IP technology” (VOIP) sounds complicated, but it is actually probably the easiest. All you need is a Chrome browser on any computer with an internet connection. I send you a URL and you open it in Chrome and we’re off! It gives the highest quality audio listen in.
“Skype/Zoom” A marriage of the two above would likely be Skype or Zoom call. The quality of your listen will be whatever Skype or Zoom gives you, and we will schedule a time to be on your choice of platform.
Directed Session Live
This is where technical knowledge comes into play. With the first two recording scenarios the talent is doing the recording in their studio and sending it. With this option, the talent and the studio you hired will be on paid software/hardware (SourceConnect Pro or Standard) that facilitates recording whatever is going into the mic at the talent’s end and recording it at the remote studio. Most likely you won’t need this, but it is useful to studios who have multiple talent “dialing in”, and need that higher quality without any risk of buffering on the studio’s end.
SO that’s the three remote recording options for you to get professional sound from a pro. Voice artist and actors and talent are going to have at least one of these options that they are very familiar with and I am sure they (like myself) would be happy to work with you on any that you are most comfortable with.
Let me know if you have questions or would like a bit more information on anything including “how to give live direction to a voice talent”. I’m here to help!