What Is Source Connect?:
For about 20 years, recording studios have exchanged full duplex, stereo, CD-qualty audio in real time using ISDN lines (see the "What Is ISDN" page on this site). But, with telephone companies beginning to phase out this now "antiquated" service, the audio production industry began searching for an alternative... something to take the place of ISDN. Around 2005, a glimmer of hope popped up on the internet in the form of Source Connect, a web-based interface that could couple computers from two remote locations in a duplex audio connection with very high quality signals.
It started out a bit buggy, with frequest software crashes, data transfer freezes, and other problems of reliability. Plus, it was a real beast to set up properly, even with the ready-made templates provided by the parent company, Source Elements. At first it relied on existing digital editing sofware, such as ProTools, to do the heavy lifting. But eventually the software improved, problems became fewer, installations became a little easier, and Source Elements developed a stand-alone vesion that could be operated without the need for separate digital editing software.
Joe's studio has been Source Connect equipped since 2009. This resouce has proven itself to be a life saver on several occasions when ISDN lines have failed or become unavailable. It remains the #2 solution here, as long as ISDN is still around, but Source Connect has the inside track on becoming the next generation "standard" for real-time remote recording.