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SoundStreak Targets ISDN

Can IP audio be as solid good ol’ ISDN?

A lot of engineers and production personnel are complaining about the slow erosion of ISDN availability as telecoms move to IP and discard copper services.

A startup company calling itself SoundStreak thinks it can bring the advantages of ISDN service, reliability namely, with the advantages of broadband IP, notably flexibility, ubiquity and cost.

“The result is a platform for collaborative remote recording using a standard broadband Internet connection,” a release explains. It adds, “During a SoundStreak session, the two users use an integrated real-time voice patch for nearly lag-free communication while SoundStreak’s patented store-and-forward system records full-quality uncompressed audio files on the talent computer in resolutions up to 96 kHz/24-bit.”

The finished session is “then automatically transferred in the background via SoundStreak’s secure server, leaving the files on the Production computer at the end of the session.”

SoundStreak CEO Dan Caligor said, “We want SoundStreak to become a ubiquitous standard — any studio that has ISDN can have SoundStreak right next to it without any up-front cost … We want everyone — every actor, every mixer and engineer, every studio — to have SoundStreak installed, and we’ve made that free and easy to do.”

The usage-based costs are paid by the producer. Since all files pass through SoundStreak’s servers they are secured and accounted for. SoundStreak engineers verify whether connections qualify to operate in SoundStreak.

The company is offering some discounts for early adopters and referrers.