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Why I Never Punch And Roll for Voice Over

Punch and Roll for Voice Over

When the voice over talent makes a mistake, using non-destructive recording in DAWs like ProTools, Cubase, or Reaper, one can roll back a few seconds before the flub and then ‘punch in’ the recording starting where the mistake was made. On Adobe Audition CC 2017 and 2018 it’s possible with this new Add-On created by Travis Baldree.  That’s “Punch and Roll” recording. It’s been around from back in the analogue recording days, but it’s a prevalent technique for Audio-books and matching sound to picture. Every voice over talent should be experienced in working in such recording sessions, and it takes extra concentration to work in this non-linear fashion. An on-camera talent can’t ‘punch in’ on the video or film quite as quickly, as the whole studio needs to reset: the camera, lighting, dolly, grips, etc.

Does Punch and Roll Save Time?

The idea in voice over is that Punch and Roll saves editing time. But does it? Yes and no. Depends on the production workflow and application.

If the talent makes a mistake or does three takes, you can either:
1.) Make one edit quickly as you review the files.

2.) Set up a Punch and Roll recording for each of the three takes.

My experience has been that Punch and Roll takes a bit longer than recording and then editing. Even when doing a session with a dedicated engineer running Punch and Roll on the DAW, those sessions can take much longer than if the client just keeps a log of the keeper takes. However, when it’s an issue of having to hit precise timing, Punch and Roll is great when working with a dedicated audio engineer in the voice over studio. And then it does save production time considerably. I’m comfortable and experienced with working in this fashion.

How I Record for my Voice Over Clients

If you or your hired editor doesn’t have time to review the whole file, then I suppose Punch and Roll is the only option. I only send files to a client that have been listened to from beginning to end (even if at 2x speed for long E-Learning Narrations). When a client is paying for a finished audio file, it must be reviewed and proofed comprehensively. There is also no guarantee that the new Punch and Roll take is done seamlessly in a way that sounds natural. It should still be reviewed afterward. In the case of full-time Audio Book narrators that have the process down cold, I defer to their ability to work this way.

However, there’s another big reason why I don’t Punch and Roll when recording at my studio for my clients. And honestly, it’s the deal-breaker for me.

Are you hiring a voice over talent or an engineer? If a talent is critiquing everything they record as they say it, they’re not in the moment as a voice over talent. Talents catch the obvious mistakes and pick them up. And I know how to make pick ups with the exact tone and volume on the fly. Headphones are for the talent to listen to direction, not to themselves! While today’s voice over talent should be competent in being able to record and edit their own work for clients, simultaneous multitasking is detrimental to solid voice acting performances. And I write this from my experience as full time audio engineer before becoming a full time voice over talent.

Punch and Roll sessions can be a fun challenge and I enjoy working that way with a dedicated engineer; but in my own recording studio, that’s just not how I (punch and) roll.

All the best,
Lance

ipDTL 3rd Anniversary Upgrades Remote Recording Voice Over Solution

ipDTL 3rd Anniversary Upgrades Voice Over Remote Recording Solution

ipDTL : Broadcast Quality Multi-Party Audio

In:Quality has launched its ipDTL 3rd Anniversary Upgrades Remote Recording Voice Over Solution. As a result of the new upgrades and features, ipDTL becomes the here-to-stay complete remote recording solution for live-directing of voice over sessions. The new Silver subscription allows 2 simultaneous connections of low-latency broadcast-quality audio and the Gold subscription makes 4 connections. Most of all, it lets you connect to anything: ip, ISDN, land lines, and mobile phones.

And, in a first for ip voice over products, one can record the incoming audio as mp3 or wav files! Here’s a .wav sample of one of the many recent tests I ran of the beta version of the upgrade. I’m joined in the test I recorded within ipDTL at my Atlanta studio by Jan Anderson from the San Francisco Bay Area and Andy Kavanagh from Newcastle in the United Kingdom.

First of all, check out this video from Kevin Leach of ipDTL explaining how the new features work:

 

ipDTL 3rd Anniversary Upgrades Remote Recording Voice Over Solution

With the new Third Anniversary beta updates, ipDTL can do what ISDN can’t:
1. Much lower latency
2. Lower latency with two simultaneous connections: with an additional option for four simultaneous connections in the premium studio versions.
3. The ability to solo inputs with PFL options via the interface mixer
4. The ability (finally!) to record the incoming audio via ipDTL
5. The ability to record the incoming audio and download as separate takes either as a high-resolution .mp3 or as a 48 kHz 16 bit stereo .wav file.
6. Live chat feature which will keep all parties connected online even if the audio or video connection is dropped.
7. Live collaborative script editor. Paste in your entire script from word!
8. With the new “Tel” and “Tel +” subscription options, you can also still bridge to ISDN on-demand 24/7/365
9. Also, with “Tel” you can connect to land lines. No more terrible Skype Connections
10. With “Tel +” you can connect to land and mobile phones and call ISDN lines. Standard Tel can only receive ISDN calls.

New Audio Mixer interface 

Let’s walk through the faders from left to right:

  1. Red fader controls the send level of your microphone
  2. Blue fader controls the level of the uploaded playback audio clips (another great ipDTL feature)
  3. Maroon fader controls the first ipDTL user you connect to.
  4. Orange fader controls the second ipDTL user you connect to.
  5. Black fader controls the total output of the mixer that you send ‘down the line’
  6. Finally, the Silver fader controls the mixed feed to the ‘Receive Audio’ device. It doesn’t include the audio you send down the line.

There will always be very good reasons to use ISDN for many applications. Live broadcast events springs to mind. However, as a production solution for live-direction of remote session voice overs, ipDTL is all-encompassing. The ipDTL 3rd Anniversary Upgrades Remote Recording Voice Over Solution is a comprehensive solution for media production: voice overs, music production, interviews, podcasting, and mult-party voice acting.

Don’t Settle for Skype! Use ipDTL

Because so many remote sessions are being done by producers on their cellphones or in conference calls, don’t settle for Skype to interface with.  Skype doesn’t cut it. Classic phone patch doesn’t cut it. The audio is terrible. How many times do you have to ask the talent “Um, I’m not sure if you said the plural S on the end of the product name in the fifth line?” Yet that won’t happen with ipDTL.  It’s been years since Skype promised a high-quality audio “Skype TX” and it was never delivered.

In conclusion, ipDTL has been good on its promises to improve every year and listen to the demands of the media production people that use it all over the world. As a result, the ipDTL 3rd Anniversary version delivers on being the complete remote recording voice over solution.

Find Out More about ipDTL

To get an ipDTL subscription, go to https://ipdtl.com/#getipdtl

To find out what voice over  and radio studios and voice talents around the world are using ipDTL, visit https://ipdtl.com/network/

Finally, to find out more general inquires and technical specs of ipDTL, please see https://ipdtl.com/faqs.php