By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 23, 2012
The iPad has proven a real game changer for creatives and businesspeople alike.
How has the iPad revolutionized the voice-over industry?
From going paperless to auditioning and digital audio recording, the iPad has changed the way business is being done.
Find out how the iPad is capturing waves (sound waves to be exact) in studios around the world in today's VOX Daily.
Has an Apple iPad made its way into your home recording studio, teaching environment or production facility?
Voice-over coach Susan McCollom is one of America's top voice-over talents and a great proponent of the Apple iPad for use in studio. An early adopter of the technology, Susan added 5 new iPads to her studio earlier this fall so that students can get used to working with them and annotating.
Susan relates, "Our magic moment for iPad use came during an audiobook session. We had already printed two copies of the book, but when the author arrived we realized that the publisher had not sent us the final draft. Rather than wait to print two copies yet again and lose that recording time, we popped the PDF of the final copy into two iPads and started rolling. We were hooked."
The iPads are not just great for use in a teaching environment. Based upon her own experience working in external studios, McCollom notes that the use of iPads is becoming more standard. Susan offered, "We now use them extensively for audiobook and narration classes to familiarize students with their use in the booth. Even with commercial copy, any last minute client revisions can be updated immediately to everyone at the session in whatever font they desire."
Voice actor David Radke recently added an iPad to his recording studio setup, pictured at left. Say goodbye to printing scripts! The setup is quite striking, don't you agree?
Tablets, specifically the iPad in this case, have made accessing scripts more convenient, font sizes adjustable and have also saved on ink costs and saved paper.
The iPad has also changed the recording process itself. Voice talent can audition from wherever they are and record a custom demo using the software built into the Voices.com iPad app.
At Voices.com, we have a couple iPads that are used to help us with design, testing and troubleshooting in customer service and support.
This may go without saying but it is important for us to have the technology that we are designing for and to be able to navigate through our apps easily when opportunities to answer questions from those who have the app arise.
Likewise, we have an Android device that we are using to develop our Voices.com Android app.
For those of you who have been patiently waiting for a mention of Android, I hope that this has been a relief for you!
Let me know if you have adopted an iPad into your home recording studio. I'm interested to hear how many people have made the shift since the debate on paper vs. screens.
With warm regards,
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