Pandemic Production- The Home Game!

In the before-times, I had just completed the renovation of the space my home studio sits in. For my entire career, people would say “You must have a cool home studio setup!”, to which I would always say “Nope! I’m in a studio all day every day mixing spots. Why on earth would I want to do more at home??”. But as I started doing podcast production in the evenings (I spent five years working for Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast), I realized that the only way to keep up was to have a home rig. And as I started production on my OWN new show, I made lots of improvements that would prove to be life saving in this crazy time.

I could not have imagined that all of the subtle details and problem solving I worked out well before the pandemic, would allow me and my clients to continue to work together as seamlessly as we now do! The most random of things: taking advantage of a Fios speed upgrade for less money than I was paying. Getting an ethernet cable into my studio computer from a router on a different floor. Finding a solution to allow me to share audio from any app to any other app. And most importantly- opening up Source Connect and Zoom accounts!

While the commercial production industry is working it’s way back to some sort of normal, the team at Digital Arts went immediately into 100% remote-mode. Editing, color grading, recording, sound designing and mixing. Sure, lots of engineers have home setups with varying degrees of sophistication- but when in the early days of self-isolating, I was able to have the agency and their clients on camera while sharing my Pro Tools screen- while an actor from LA was connected via Source Connect- I knew this was going to work out just fine.

In some ways, there are some benefits to working this new way. As an audio mixer, I typically have my back to the room. That means that I have to keep one ear on the actor reading the script and one ear on the client's comments (I always jot down who thought what about which takes).