During the current lockdown there are situations where talent may need to attend a voiceover or ADR session at our Brighton facility. For example, if a home studio is not available. To keep us all safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19 Brown Bear has followed the latest government advice and adapted the way sessions are carried out.
Fortunately, our voiceover & ADR booth is completely separate from the studio control room allowing the talent to have no physical contact with the engineer. Upon arrival they will be asked to check into the NHS track and trace app, wash their hands and then directed into the booth maintaining social distancing throughout. All communication from then on will be done through the headphones and microphone. At the end of the session we will ask the talent to wait a moment until we have opened up the doors to leave and they will then be asked to make their own way out. Our facilities are located in the centre of Brighton and there are a number of car parks located close by.
Prior to and after every session we sanitise the booth with 70% isopropyl alcohol cleaner. This includes cleaning the microphones, popshield, headphones, stands, surfaces, door handles, water bottles, glasses and anything else that may have had contact. There will also be hand sanitiser and gloves available. We do ask that you bring your own water for the session.
The production team monitoring and directing the talent are now exclusively dialling in remotely, usually from their home. This can be an audio only dial in or with video, following is a guide to how this works.
For voiceover artists, actors and agencies we want to assure you that we have taken all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved and will continue to update our working practices based on government guidelines. We look forward to the time when we can all interact as we did before March, but for now this is the way we have to work to keep safe.
A Guide to Remote Monitoring for Sessions
- Google Chrome web browser version 58 or above-please close all other tabs within the browser to save your CPU
- A microphone – this can be the built in one found on most laptops or an external one
- Playback device – this can be either headphones or speaker although we recommend using headphones.
- A stable internet connection (preferably wired) capable of 10mbps upload and download.
Audio Only Monitoring
For audio only monitoring, we use Source Connect Now, a fully secure, broadcast quality, web based, streaming service. We send a password-protected link which upon clicking will take you to the Source Connect Now portal. You will be required to enter your name, password and choose your audio sound quality; this should default to the settings we have programmed but if not we advise 256kbps when working in mono and 512kbps for stereo. Once connected you will need to select your audio input (your microphone) and output device (speakers or headphone port). Google Chrome may ask you for access to your audio device and microphone, which you will need to allow. Once connected you will have comms with the talent, engineer and anyone else dialled in.
We recommend enabling the push to talk function during the session that can be done by clicking on ‘push to talk’ below ‘recorder’. When enabled you can either press and hold the shift key or click the ‘open’ button when you want to talk. This ensures you are only heard when you want to be and the talent won’t hear any background noise during takes.