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How "Green" Is Your Home Recording Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 25, 2012

Comments (11)

The earth sitting on the grass, bright sky overhead.Are you concerned at all about the environment?

If you're trying to minimize your carbon footprint or save trees, there are many things you can do working from a home-based recording studio to make as little an impact on the earth as possible.

What can you do? Find out more in today's VOX Daily!

I Am The Lorax, I Speak For The Trees!

At Voices.com, we are proud to call The Forest City home. London, Ontario Canada is known for its copious trees. Something we strive to do is have a paperless environment in our offices. One way we do this is by sharing documents digitally which helps cut down on printing and saves trees.

We also empower our customers by giving them tools to help them work from a paperless studio, too. Perhaps you know what I'm talking about!

Reading Scripts On Screens

Since voice talent may audition dozens of times each day, choosing to read off a screen instead of printing each script means that you can help save the planet, one audition at a time!

Some talent I have spoken with both audition and voice their jobs by reading off a screen. Viewing scripts on screens such computer monitors, smartphones and tablets can go a long way in helping the environment.

Greening Your Studio

Being able to work from home and record in your own studio:

  • saves paper
  • saves ink
  • saves money
  • nearly eliminates driving to studios
  • uses less gasoline
  • adds less of those harmful chemicals into the air

In practical terms, using a screen to record off of also means no annoying page turning sounds! Might I also add, no paper cuts.

When you think about it, most voice-over work is also completed and delivered online (the voice-overs are digital products) or via ISDN which saves time and costs such as burning a CD with the finished audio on it and shipping it to the customer as in the past.

What Do You Do To "Green Up" Your Studio?

I'd love to hear from to learn more about what you are doing to save energy, paper and the like!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

ŠiStockphoto.com/Alexander Chernyakov

Related Topics: ISDN, reading


Comments


    Taking advantage of power saving features on your computer is a good tip too. If you're not sitting at it working continuously all day you can use power saving features to turn off monitors and drives after so many minutes of inactivity.

    May as well save a few bucks on your hydro bill while you're saving those trees! :)

    Posted by:

      Not fully green, though we do have solar power that's more than enough to run the simple voice studio even in a British autumn.
      Paper still in use, but scripts always printed on the backs of a stack of one-sided admin waste the local store threw out. Your topic reminds me it's high time to change hot and inefficient filament spotlamps to LEDs.

      Posted by:
      • Howard Ellison
      • September 26, 2012 12:14 PM

        Being a starving (voice over) artist, I rarely take advantage of Boxing Week blowouts, but at the end of last December I got a great deal on a couple of wide screen LED monitors for my studio setup. Reading off screen instead of paper has not only dropped my printer cartridge costs dramatically, it's sped up the whole audition process. Having two monitors streamlines my other projects as well. Also, I can't remember the last time I burned a CD. I send sound files every where, every day and no p'd off Lorax's have come to call either.

        Posted by:

          Hi Stephanie,
          This is an important consideration for VO people. As a matter of fact I recently wrote about how green I decided to go with my voiceover business model in a recent blog article too. It can be found here. http://bobbinbeam.com/2012/07/12/the-greening-of-my-vo-business-model/

          Great stuff, Stephanie. Thanks!
          Best,
          Bobbin

          Posted by:

            Let's not forget what the costs of computing are. Mercury and other toxic metals go into manufacture (and have to be dealt with on disposal). Electricity production causes air pollution if generated by coal or natural gas, along with the costs of extracting those fuels. Dams for hydro power have caused havoc in ecosystems all over the country. So "green" to me may be more about using a renewable resource from trees. Also, I can buy a lot of paper for the price of that iPad. Pulp production causes pollution, but at least you can grow more trees.

            Posted by:
            • Jack de Golia
            • September 29, 2012 11:59 PM

              I for one love my iPad for scripts and my home set up is working very well. However, I have toyed with the notion of getting an ISDN line. I would love it if Vox or anyone could shed some light on the in's and out's of securing an ISDN line. Whats involved equipment wise, costs, etc?

              Thanks, Ed Gilliland

              Posted by:
              • Ed Gilliland
              • October 1, 2012 11:35 AM

                Thanks for the "think green" inspiration!
                My in-home studio is new, up and running!

                Yes, to all of the above: save gas, I was adding exhaust to a polluted city atmosphere, I use iPad for all script reading. Print as limited as possible, thus saving paper and ink. The ink in these printers run out often, and get expensive to maintain.

                I am excited to work in the Voices.com web marketplace. Although I am brand new to VoiceOver work from home, I no longer commute to my training job and the variety of opportunities offered worldwide is outstanding.

                I also commuted to an off site studio for coaching and studio access. Now I am working with a fantastic coach I found through Voices.com! Steve Britain, of Spoilt for Voices, is a tremendous coach. His calls and assignments are as green as it gets. We speak over phone at no charge additionally to me, assignments are sent instantly through Dropbox, a tremendous resource. So I am receiving marvelous personalized coaching services, print out only what I deem necessary, and Steve is located in Europe! No more 45 minute commutes to school, no signing up for studio time, and Dropbox, and the ticket system employed by Steve and Co., uses a simple website notification when I have queries or assignments to be reviewed.

                Plus, at home, I get more done because I am saving literally almost 2 hours daily just in the physical goings and comings part of life. So I have more time to practice for radio than I used to spend in my car listening to the radio.....though that may not be good for radio advertisers, the scope of work in my future is vastly improved.

                Now the energy I rely on most is self-generated. I also keep the thermostat at temps that save energy, because I limit them to run while I record. Plus all my devices are tuned to one another.
                I am an Apple person, with MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone and I have apps for both the iPad and iPhone ready to go when I have "to get away."

                I will share more as I generate more. Thank you,

                Posted by:
                • Kathy Fraser
                • October 2, 2012 9:20 AM

                  It really depends on what my needs are....but for the most part, I record right off the screen. It saves paper and ink and time. Time is a very important part of auditioning. The faster you can record and send it off the more likely you are to get a response.

                  Posted by:


                    I invite you to put this phrase in your CDs when they have a customer who is used to order your audio in this format:

                    Recycle this CD, the next time used: exchange e-mail or FTP

                    That message can be accompanied by an image that represents the recycling

                    Posted by:

                      It's not easy to conserve lots of energy in recording studios, but a few things I've implemented are:
                      - As suggested above, studio built from the ground next to our home, so no commuting or long driving.
                      - No printed scripts for the last 2 or 3 years. Everything's read from dedicated screen in the booth.
                      - All equipment except internet modem and router is switched off at the end of the day. Also, even when I have a main AC switch to power all equipment at once, tied to that switch I keep couple of switched power strips that allow me to independently turn off complete sections of equipment such as preamps and compressors, during long editing sessions. That not only saves energy, but generates less heat in the control room.
                      - This helps in keeping the AC at very conservative temperatures. I don't need to make the room freezing cold because vacuum tube based equipment is not running all the time.
                      - All regular light bulbs replaced with LED or low energy ones.
                      - LCD video screen replaced with LED technology and I think iMac screen is also LED technology so that should help too.
                      - This might sound silly, but bright colors for walls, wood floor and fabrics covering acoustic treatment, seem to keep it cooler during the heat season.

                      Still, some things have to run pretty much at all times, like studio speakers, but at least, keeping moderate listening levels and only cranking them up when really necessary must save energy.

                      Posted by:

                        Wow, what a great thread. Thanks everyone and thank you voices.com.

                        The environment is important to me and I do what I can (I'm certainly not perfect :)

                        For the past few months I have been using my iPad for scripts, although a few printed scripts do get by once in a great while. There are several cool apps out there one can use to woodshed scripts. For office paper, I have a separate basket I toss recycling in.

                        When not in use, I power down and turn everything off so as to try not to to use any "phantom" power.

                        I live in a very windy part of the United States. A few years ago my husband and I installed a residential wind turbine (Skystream 3.7) to help power our house and thus my office and recording studio. My studio is equipped with LED lights as well.

                        Thanks everyone for your tips!

                        Have a super fall.

                        Posted by:
                        • Judy Fossum
                        • October 3, 2012 8:23 PM

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