Recording through the Coronavirus outbreak
by Andrew Hughes – 19th March, 2020
The world has changed dramatically in the face of a new virus, Covid-19. Even two weeks ago it was unthinkable that the majority of the population would be staying at home, but the landscape has changed and we’re changing with it. But we’re still recording, and with a few small changes it can be business as almost-usual!
The aim of this article is to outline how we’ll be working over the next few months, and to let you know that we’ll be here when you need us. Quite simply, we all need to work together to achieve the same results as normal, without attending in person or being in the same enclosed spaces as each other.
How can we help you to keep functioning?
We’re still recording, and you can be too. If you want to record a podcast or any other audio and you can’t come into the studio in person there are other ways to work. We regularly connect with contributors over the phone and through Skype. The quality of phone calls can be variable, but using Skype to record offers really good quality without the need to have specialist equipment.
The basic requirement for this is a simple earphone system, such as the free ones that come with your smartphone. These are pretty good, and we will be able to record reasonable-quality audio with them, but if you happen to have a headset with a microphone then that’s even better.
You can read more about how we record by Skype here: https://www.radiofacilities.com/skype-for-podcasts/
With any of the above options we can easily record you and your contributors, and you can maintain continuity with your podcast. For other projects which demand high-quality audio call us first to talk through the possibilities, and we can usually offer a brief test to see if the connection is good enough for your needs.
As an alternative to Skype, we also use a service called SourceConnect Now. This gives even better quality than Skype, and it’s free for our customers to use. It only works on Google Chrome, and as with Skype you’ll need earphones or a headset. We also have SourceConnect Pro (the paid for version) which offers even better quality for commercials, corporates etc.
What steps are we taking to make sure that the studio is clean and safe?
We would encourage all clients and artists to connect with us remotely. You’ll still see us on our webcam. However for clients or artists who need to attend we are fortunate enough to have separate booth and control room areas. This means you can enter the studio without being in the same room as us at any time.
If you are attending the studio in person then you’ll want to be sure it’s a healthy environment in which to work. These are the measures we’re undertaking to ensure that Radio Facilities remains a safe and welcoming place to record.
First, we are following all of the goverment’s advice regarding special measures to ensure cleanliness and general hygiene. We clean all surfaces with antibacterial wipes which contain 70% alcohol (necessary to kill germs). We use iPads and Apple Pencils in the studio instead of having paper copies of scripts, and we clean these with alcohol wipes after every session. Whenever we handle the studio microphones we wear disposable gloves, and finally we wash our hands regularly and use a 70% alcohol hand sanitizer. Our customers are welcome to use the hand sanitizer and disposable gloves as well.
What’s going to happen when everything gets back to normal?
The virus outbreak will pass, and when it does we’ll be here, ready to continue your project when you are. And if you have recorded remotely over the isolation period then the only difference between being here and at home is our coffee and free Smarties!
Find out more about our studio: https://www.radiofacilities.com/voiceover-isdn-studio/