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May 21, 2014

Bringing Recording Studios Online with WebRTC

The Internet enables real world experiences to go virtual. Want to go shopping? You can do that online. Want to communicate with your friends, colleagues and family face-to-face? There’s a WebRTC solution for that. Whether you’re interested in dating, banking, working, learning or improving your health, there’s usually an online app for that. This is also true for those who are musically inclined; how many singers or musicians have you watched on YouTube, how many DJs are famous today because of streaming and how many times have you wished you could just record quality audio straight from your browser, without the expense and time of booking a recording studio?

Source Elements, a provider of professional Internet audio services and support to studios, voice talent, broadcasters and musicians, is one company getting involved with the growing WebRTC technology, which is an open-source HTML5 technology that enables real time communications and peer-to-peer connections over a Web browser. Source Elements is using the technology to create Source-Connect Now, a remote recording service for audio professionals that enables quality, bi-directional streaming right from a Chrome browser and is available in public beta.

Source-Connect enables audio connections between digital audio systems anywhere in the world, allowing direct-to-the-timeline recording with real time, broadcast-quality audio using only an Internet connection. It doesn’t require any ISDN lines, hardware, subscription fees or minute-by-minute line charges, so the studio can be accessible and affordable anywhere in the world.

Stemming off from Source-Connect are also Source-Connect Pro, Source-Nexus and Source-Talkback, which progressively get more sophisticated with features and go up in cost. For example, Source-Nexus features a Pro Tools HD/Native compatible plugin for $125 so professionals can record directly to their timeline without any additional hardware.

Supported features include the Opus codec, with up to 320kbps stereo, workflow that mimics ISDN that delivers low-latency, high definition, bi-directional audio (assuming each user’s broadband capacity is adequate, including 4G for tethering). Source-Connect “travels light” with no other programs required for recording uncompressed WAV files, and self-configuration for easy-to-make connections with no port-forwarding required.

In addition, beta users can conference with up to 10 other connections.

 “You can just be a musical genius, voice-over genius, or genius producer,” Brad Bush, CMO at GENBAND, explained in a recent post covering the solution. “This is one of the most sophisticated uses of WebRTC I’ve seen yet, and as those who follow me know – I’m looking at hundreds of companies creating applications in this space.”

Creating an Internet recording studio is only the beginning of the innovations real time communications brings to the Web and what we can do with them. 

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Edited by Maurice Nagle
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