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58. Live Audio Networking: Still Totally Cool    10/30/14  by Dave Immer

Back in the late 80’s I was working in the advertising business as a musician/ composer/arranger and was searching for something better than the typical  lo-fi phone patch. Something that worked for music.

When I discovered ISDN it was transformative. This was exactly what I was looking for and I expected others in the audio production biz would feel the same. And as I got into it and under the hood I just ate it up: The codec boxes and the algorithms, the ISDN technology, the artists and engineers who used it, the latency challenge, the ‘magic’ of CD-like real-time long-distance audio patches. It was all irresistible to me.

Two and a half decades later, I still love this stuff. Of course, the internet now plays a major role in live audio networking and the coding algorithms have undergone major improvements. And while, at first, ISDN was viewed skeptically by artists and producers, it is now required by some vo mills for a voiceover to even be considered for work. And music, it turned out, is not typically produced or approved over a live Wide Area Network.

Let me know about your early experience with live audio networking.

-Dave