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Whether you’re a voiceover talent or a voiceover production studio, you’ve probably noticed we are entering into a brave new world. For decades, the standard means of connecting VO talent to recording studios was via ISDN, high quality phone lines that communicate with propriety hardware equipment. As technology evolves, more people are losing ISDN and adapting to IP (Internet Protocol) codecs.

So you invested in an IP codec like Source Connect. Now what? Assuming you’ve set up your system to send and receive audio, here are a few tips to ensure your next IP voiceover session goes smoothly.

Bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidth. While you don’t necessarily need a fiber connection to operate smoothly, it’s recommended to have a high-speed internet connection. If you have cable or U-verse for instance, most likely you have sufficient upload/download speeds.

Optimize your setup. So you are ready for your first IP session. You may want to make sure the computer you’re using is connected to the internet via an ethernet connection. Wireless routers can be spotty depending on your location and are not always reliable. Also, if your IP codec has port mapping capabilities, it’s recommended to set this up so you have the bandwidth necessary to conduct your session.

Beware of unnecessary usage. While connected to another studio on IP, it’s a good idea to make sure your little one isn’t streaming Netflix in the living room during your session. Have several other programs running in the background of your computer? Simply close them, it’s wise to dedicate your computer’s memory to only the necessary applications you’re using. Can’t remember the last time you rebooted your computer? It couldn’t hurt to do a restart prior to your session just so you have peace of mind your computer is running on all cylinders.

If you are new or experienced IP voiceover talent, these tips will help ensure a smooth voiceover session.

What are your tips for a successful session?  Leave a comment below.


#TeamTuesday: Meet the Staff – Aimee Widenhouse

by Chris Porter on August 22, 2017

Favorite things about your job?

I enjoy working with most people, and try to keep an open sense of humor.  Plus, with handling the billing & such as well, there’s always something puzzling that I have to solve.  It keeps my brain healthy.  Honestly, I just like to keep busy.  I do not enjoy having an inactive mind.  Downtime bores me.

Dream career if not working at ProComm and could make a living:

I guess that I’d have to say a book editor… I’d take my love of reading to the next level.   Or oooh… a travel inspector.  I’d love to just take vacations all the time to different places, and get paid to criticize them.  That sounds like a fun time, and I’d still have time to read as much as I want!

When did you start working at ProComm?

May, 2010

When I’m not at work, I spend my time____?  

Readin’… chillin’… relaxin’.

Favorite album or recording artists?  

late 80- early 90’s are my go to listening pleasures.

Favorite Movies/TV?  

Game of Thrones season 7 premier was highlighted on my calendar!  I’m an action / sci-fi / fantasy fan, but I’ll take a good rom-com on occasion too because, you know, female.

Favorite Books/magazines?

Favorite book is really tough… I read constantly, like non-stop I’ve already read three books this week & it’s only Wednesday, kind of reader.  I love a good fictional story.

What kinds of pets do you have?

I do not have a “pet”, I have a four-legged son named Peanut.  If you ask him, he’s a real boy.  (But really, he’s a chiweenie.)

If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? 

Peanut, ‘cause I’d have the absolute most awesome mom and be spoiled out of my gourd.

If we looked in your refrigerator, what would we find?  

2/3rd’s half empty condiment bottles & a whole lot of coffee creamer.  And a few meager edible things that – how should I say this – you should always initiate the smell test first.

Favorite Foods?  

Steak, pasta & bread. And bacon… mmmmm.  Bacon.

What was your first car? 

Hand-me-down Mitsubishi Galant… Yeah.  I didn’t have a spare key & totally locked myself out of that thing at least four times.  #LocksmithOnSpeedDial

What event do you remember most fondly from high school?  

Cleaning bathrooms at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during race week as the main fundraiser for our band… OH WAIT.. Sorry – you said fondly?!?!  Yeah, noooo.  Not that one then. *I still have nightmares*



#TeamTuesday: Meet the Staff – Anitta Conlon

June 27, 2017

When did you start working at ProComm? March 18,1999 When I’m not at work, I spend my time____? I walk my dogs A LOT.  I also like to listen to live music at our local breweries, cook healthy casseroles, work in my yard, make jewelry and volunteer with animal charities…I’ve built fences for Chain-free Asheville […]

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#TeamTuesday: Meet the Staff – Joe Bruno

June 13, 2017

  When did you start working at ProComm? Fall of 1998.  I actually played on the ProComm softball team before I worked here. Favorite things about your job? ProComm is like a family, and getting to talk to talented and interesting people all over the country and beyond. When I’m not at work, I spend […]

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#TeamTuesday: Meet the Staff – Bob Peck

June 6, 2017

            When did you start working at ProComm? November 2001, at the impressionable age of 24 When I’m not at work, I spend my time____? Playing Candy Land with my 5 year old daughter, Ella Favorite concert(s) you’ve attended? The Beastie Boys (the next to last show they ever played) […]

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Setting up a Telos Xstream for IP connections

April 7, 2017

    If you currently use a Telos Xstream for ISDN voiceover sessions, you may know that it is capable of connecting to other Xstream codecs via the internet as well. To do this requires a bit of set up, but once done, will allow you to connect via ISDN and IP in the future. […]

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#TeamTuesday: Meet the Staff – Sheldon Borgelt

November 20, 2015

  When did you start working at ProComm? 2010   Favorite things about your job? During a VO session when a talent is “almost there,” helping them get there.   When I’m not at work, I spend my time… Hiking with dog, listening to live music, watching baseball.   Favorite concert(s) you’ve attended? Tom Petty […]

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Holiday Hours

November 24, 2014

The ProComm Voices studios will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open and ready for your voiceover projects on Monday. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Remembering Russ Cassell

October 21, 2014

If someone asked me what major events I remember from 1990 I’d be hard pressed to recall a specific national news story of historical importance. But there is one event that I’ll never forget––it was the day Russ Cassell joined the ProComm voice roster.

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Garth Smith named Senior Producer

March 11, 2014

ProComm Voices would like to congratulate Garth Smith on his new position as Senior Producer. Garth has been an important part of the ProComm production staff for over 15 years. He brings a vast amount of production experience and technical expertise to the position and will oversee the production department moving forward.

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