iDub (iPad): Voice Talent

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Table of Contents

1. Microphone

iDub package includes Apogee Mic+. It is a studio-grade cardioid microphone with USB connectivity providing up to 24-bit/96kHz bit depth/sample rate and 46dB max preamp gain for pristine recordings. 

It has been fully tested for compatibility with iDub. Its use is highly recommended but not required. It is important to note that use of other microphones may cause the application to behave unexpectedly.

For more information on how to set up Apogee Mic+ with iDub, follow the instructions provided in the following sections.

2. Microphone Setup

Plug in the 5-pin micro USB cable that comes with the microphone. You can plug in any earphones or headphones you have into the Apogee microphone’s headphone jack.

Connect the USB cable with the iPad’s charging port and open the project in iDub.

Refer to the diagram below for guidance on basic setup.

To extend the battery life, you can use a USB HUB to connect with the AC as described in the diagram below.

Check to make sure that the LED light on the microphone lights up in green. If a blue light is on, the microphone is on standby and recording will not start.

If the microphone does not connect, unplug it and connect it back.

You can change the blend mode by pressing on the button located above volume gain.
(Different blend option settings can be set to control the balance between microphone’s monitoring volume level and media volume level)

3. Receiving Assignment

iDub is integrated with a project management system, MSX. When a task is assigned to you, you will receive an email notification from MSX. Once you receive this notification you will be able to access your assignment from your iDub application. If you do not have an account already, you will need to create an account on MSX before using iDub.

4. Using iDub

4.1 Sign in

Open iDub (iPad).

Enter your credentials and sign in.

💡If you are trying to sign in with an employee account with domain, you must use MS login.

4.2 Security reminder

Read and give your consent for the security agreement by clicking Continue.

4.3 My projects

Once you are signed in, My Projects will be displayed listing all the projects you are assigned to.

You can enter a Project ID or a Title into the search bar to look for a project.

4.5 Opening a project

You can open any of the assigned projects by tapping on it. However, you will not be able to join the recording session until a host—an engineer—is present. When an engineer enters the project, an ‘Active Now’ indicator will light up to show that the recording session is active.

💡It takes approximately 30 seconds for the indicator to light up after an engineer enters the project.

4.6 Access denied

If you try to access a project that is missing a rate card or the due date on MSX, an error message will be displayed. If you see this message, you will need to contact the user who assigned the project to you so that they can set the rate card and the due date.

4.7 Unsupported frame rate

If the video selected for the project uses a frame rate that is not supported by the application, the project will be inaccessible.

4.8 Watermarking

If you access a project for the first time, iDub will start generating a unique watermark for your video. Once the watermark is generated, you will be able to join the session.

💡If you leave the watermarking prompt on, you will join the session automatically once the watermark has been generated.

Watermarked videos are retained in the system for 6 weeks. After the retention period, watermarked videos are deleted and will need to be generated again.

4.9 Initialization

Before you can join a session, iDub will need to initialize.

💡If the initialization progress is too slow or gets stuck, check to make sure that the network connection is stable.

If there is no engineer present, you will be asked to remain in the lobby until an engineer enters the project.

4.10 Blend mode

During initialization, you will be prompted with instructions on how to use the ‘Blend Mode’ on Apogee microphone for monitoring.

4.11 Network speed test

When entering the project, iDub will run a quick network speed test to make sure that the network condition is optimal for recording.

💡You may skip the speed test by tapping on ‘Skip’.

4.12 Audio accessory connection

iDub constantly checks to see if your Apogee Mic+ is connected properly during a session. If it is not connected at all or if another microphone is connected, you will receive an error message.

You will also be notified if your headset is connected directly to the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPad instead of using the Apogee microphone’s headphone jack.

4.13 Buffering

In order for video playback to stay in sync with the engineer’s device, occasional buffering will occur. During buffering, playback will be disabled. 

4.14 Network stability

You can check the status bar located above the video display to check the quality of your current network connection.

4.15 Talkback

While you are in a session, talkback is active at all times. Using the talkback, you can communicate with all the participants freely.

4.16 Recording mode (solo/group)

iDub has two different recording modes: solo and group. In solo recording mode, you and the other voice talents are not able to hear each other talk. In group recording mode, all voice talents are allowed to hear each other speak, so that the performance can be coordinated accordingly. The engineer can switch between the two modes from their control panel and an indicator found on the top-left side of the screen will display the currently selected mode.

4.17 Mixer

If you need to adjust your video playback volume, open up the mixer panel from the menu or ask the engineer to make the adjustment for you.

💡Microphone volume is controlled from engineer’s iDub. Do not adjust your microphone gain.

4.18 Pre-roll

The engineer user can set a pre-roll countdown timer for recordings to add a buffer before the recording begins. When enabled, a countdown will be displayed every time recording begins.

💡The countdown can be set to 0,  3, or  5 seconds.

4.19 Deleting project data

You can permanently delete project data including the downloaded video data and recorded audio by tapping on the more icon and tapping on delete.

💡Be sure to free up enough storage space on your iPad before recording by deleting the project data.

4.20 Project expiration

As a security policy, a project will expire 60 days after recording has started. If the recording has not started yet, the project will display Recording Not Started status.

After expiry, the project will become inaccessible and all backup files will be deleted automatically.

💡Expiration date will be highlighted in red 5 days before the expiry.

If a project has less than 5 days before expiry, a notification will be displayed when the project is opened as a reminder to indicate the number of days before expiry.

4.21 Session timeout

To make sure that the device is never left unattended while the application is running, iDub will display a message if no activity is detected for more than 30 minutes. To stay signed in push Continue. Otherwise, you will be signed out.

4.22 Sign out

To sign out, tap on the Sign Out button in Settings.

Change Log

App VersionDateDetailsUpdated by
1.14.042021-06-30– Documentation renewed.Minchae Jung
1.16.082021-07-304.14 Network stability section added.Minchae Jung
1.17.072021-08-174.11 Network speed test section added.- 4.15 Recording mode (solo/group) section added.Minchae Jung
1.21.102022-02-15– MS Sign-In feature added and Google Sign-In feature removed.Mina Kim

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