Let’s not get into that. Let’s just say the first cracks are showing in the monolithic façade of ISDN’s stranglehold on production studio heads, and the smart money is on finding a suitable alternative now.
I’ve written on this a lot, and the short list goes something like this for ISDN alternatives/substitutes (no particular order):
You can do a search for any of those terms using the search box in the top right of my blog’s main page, and find a lot of material.
But now, there’s a new offering, and my thanks to my friend Dan Hurst for posting the link in my Voice-Over Friends FaceBook Group about this. Dan’s mention points to Rachael Naylor’s Blog.
The new service has the catchy name of ipdtl.
Ipdtl is free, and runs on a Mac or Windows machine, but ya gotta be using Google Chrome. It also works on a Laptop using a USB Mic…handy for remote.
Bottom line, though, is that ipdtl, like all the other alternatives, depends on reliable, big-bandwidth internet connection… and we all know that can lead to drop-out, and is subject to vagaries between systems, providers, nodes, carriers, Wi-Fi access points, cables, and more. This is why Source-Connect is so big on configuring static ports for their connection.
SoundStreak actually puts a unique twist on that IP demand that is an innovative workaround. See SoundStreak website for sign-up and more info.
I asked SoundStreak’s Dan Caligor about ipdtl, and he said (paraphrased) that SoundStreak uses a codec that has a higher bit rate configuration, and that the OPUS codec used by ipdtl is comparable to the level of a phone patch in quality.
Let me know of your experience with ipdtl?