What is Source Connect?
With the availability and future of ISDN in question, audio producers, recording studios and voice talent are using Source Connect more often. What is it?
Source-Connect is an internet-based application which enables audio connections between digital audio systems anywhere in the world, allowing direct-to-the-timeline recording with real-time, broadcast-quality audio using only T1, Cable, or DSL internet connections. You do have to have a strong internet connection for SC to function without dropouts or lag time.
Purchase price for talent starts at $650 for the “Standard” version – with Pro versions for studios starting at $1500, although there is also a low fee rental program so people can use Source-Connect Standard on-demand. Source Connect Now is a free version of the program with reduced features. A 15 day free trial is available for both the Pro and Standard version to get you started. Currently in use in 63 countries, there are no subscription fees, line charges, or additional hardware.
What are people saying about it?
Kate McClanaghan. owner of Sound Advice and Voiceover Artist: My studios in both Chicago and LA have used Source Connect for about 7 years now with great success. I LOVE it and HIGHLY recommend it! SourceConnect works just as well as ISDN, and, frankly, sometimes better. And it most certainly has gotten better and easier to use over the years!
You can easily bridge to a studio that has ISDN with SourceConnect as well, so it’s not like you can only connect with other studios that only have SourceConnect. It’s extremely versatile and it doesn’t add to the already inherent digital delay all patches (including phone patch) which is cool, too.
I would recommend it. The few sessions I have had with studios that use it have gone very well, just as well as ISDN, without the line charges . I spent a little under $400 for it about 4 years ago and it has saved me quite a bit of money. With some local phone companies starting to pull their ISDN service, It looks like a sure bet for the future.
Mike Vaughn, Voiceover Artist:
Love, love, love Source Connect. It’s better quality than old-school ISDN, and often times, less delay. It’s the future and worth every penny.
So will Source-Connect replace ISDN? It seems inevitable that ISDN will become less available all the time as phone companies phase it out, and with its demise, an internet-based solution seems to be the most likely next step. Can Source-Connect maintain their position? They will have to be very savvy to keep companies like Skype from taking it over. Stay tuned, and thanks for your interest!