Utilizing ISDN: Voice Over Anywhere

Here at Creative Media Design, we work with countless voice over talents to provide clients with the perfect voice for any type of project they’re working on. Of course, in order to work with our large range of voice talent, we require the necessary means to work with said talent remotely. Located in the heart of New York City, our state-of-the-art recording studio features professional tools for the utmost quality of sound, though it wouldn’t get quite the use it does if we didn’t utilize ISDN for voice over work. Otherwise, we’d be limited to talent located in NYC and nearby areas. Fortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, we use Source Connect, ipDTL, and ISDN for voice over, allowing us to work with talent from virtually anywhere—giving clients exactly what they need.

For those seeking careers in voice over, ISDN is often necessary. Though Source Connect has begun to phase out ISDN, it’s still widely used for its quality remote recordings. Plus, Source Connect and other new technologies don’t necessarily offer enough improvements to completely move away from ISDN. Regardless, ISDN allows voice over talent throughout the world to work in the comfort of their home studios. In turn, our clients are clearly benefitted, as they can select a voice talent from anywhere! To get a better understanding of ISDN within voice over and whether or not you need it as a voice talent, take a closer with the experts at CMD.

ISDN Defined

As defined, ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a set of communication standards, allowing digital transmission of voice (and more) through telephone lines—and it’s been used since the mid-1980s. Transmitted through what are called packets, the system utilizes two telephone lines to send and receive audio. In short, you can be standing in your own home studio, while the experts at CMD’s studio record your voice—maintaining high-quality audio recordings! Though it may sound simple in our words, you’ll actually need a few things (and some money) to start working with agencies and production companies across the world from your own studio.

ISDN Voice Over: What’s Needed?

One reason new technology has somewhat begun to take the place of ISDN is the expenses. For the most part, you should really only invest in ISDN if you’re a busy voice talent. If you’re just starting out, or maybe just working part-time, a nearby studio may be a better option. However, if you work quite regularly, ISDN could be a great investment, especially if you already have the home studio. Regardless, if you’re interested in setting up your home studio for ISDN, you’ll first need to speak with your telephone provider, in addition to purchasing hardware.

For initial costs, plan on somewhere around $500 for installation, as well as a monthly subscription (approx. $60+). Finally, you’ll also need the transceiver unit or ISDN CODEC. On average, the transceiver can run you up to $5000. Given these initial costs are far from inexpensive, it’s important you consider the investment’s worth. Do you work enough to justify the expenses? If so, ISDN can surely pay off.

ISDN for Voice Over: Outdated or Widely Used?

As we’ve mentioned previously, other technologies are making their way toward negating the need for ISDN. Having said that, however, these new technologies aren’t necessarily universal, so ISDN is still widely used. Though you should still keep this in mind when considering the investment.

Need Voice Over? Call Us Today!

While it may be a bit outdated, ISDN still offers high-quality audio to be transmitted from virtually anywhere. Of course, it allows us at CMD to work with talent from all over and supply our clients with the right voice here in our NYC studio. If you’re seeking voice over talent for any type of project, be sure to contact us. You can also reach us at 212-213-9420.