iDub Web for Voice Talents Manual

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Best Practices

Before starting a recording session in iDub, please check the tips below to make sure your surrounding environment is suitable for recording.

  • Choose the quietest room of your home (evaluating outdoor and indoor noises).
  • Make sure all noisy equipment is turned off or as far away from the mic as possible (A/C, Fan Coils, Dishwashers, External HD fans, etc)
  • Close all the doors and windows.
  • Avoid corners and reflective surfaces – do not stay too close to the walls.
  • Blankets and pillows next to the back walls may help to reduce early reflections.
  • Large bookshelves filled with books will provide good sound diffusion, so position yourself so that it stays behind your back. You should maintain at least 1.5m distance between your back and the bookshelf.
  • Check for squeaky floors.
  • If you are in a seated position, make sure your chair and desk do not produce sound when moving back and forth. Also, consider covering your desk with a blanket or a thick cloth to reduce sound reflections.
  • Install a pop filter at a distance of 4-5cm from the microphone (not parallel to the membrane).
  • Start with a distance of 15-20cm between the microphone and your mouth.
  • Prior to proceeding with the recording session, the recording engineer will provide suggestions on how to improve the setup after checking initial audio samples.

1. Adjusting Input Volume

Set the volume for the input device being used to maximum in system settings to allow precise sound control for engineers.

If you are using a Mac, go to System Preferences > Sound and set the Input volume to max.
If you are using Windows, select the Start button, then select Settings and set the Volume to max.

2. Microphone Access for Windows OS

If you are using Windows, turn on microphone access for iDub in Settings.

💡Go to Settings > Privacy > Microphone and turn on access.

3. Invitation

Voice Talent users can join an iDub session via an invitation email.

Click on the Open in iDub button in the invitation email.

💡Make sure you are using Chrome browser in Mac OS or Windows OS.

A session page will open in a new tab and a verification email will be sent to your inbox.

Enter the verification code you receive and click on Verify.

You cannot enter a session if the video processing has not been completed.

4. Using iDub

4.1 Security reminder

Whenever you join a session, you will need to give your consent for the security reminder.

4.2 iDub Connect

iDub Connect is a local audio managing application for Fetch feature in iDub (Web).

When entering the session, iDub will check whether iDub Connect is installed. If it isn’t installed, you will be redirected to Session and iDub Connect installation window will appear.

💡The latest version of iDub Connect: For Windows 1.0.8, For Mac 1.0.17

Download and install iDub Connect.

If you are using Windows OS, click More Info and then click Run anyway to proceed the installation.

Folder access must be granted to iDub to use the Fetch feature. To grant access, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy, select Full Disk Access, and click the check box for iDub Connect.

When entering a session after installation, a prompt will appear checking whether to open iDub Connect. Click Open iDub Connect to proceed.

If iDub Connect is not the latest version, you will be redirected to Session Page and iDub Connect installation window will appear.

4.3 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 session.

If you haven’t allow iDub to access your microphone, an alert message will appear. Make sure to allow it to join the session.

4.4 Audio settings

You can change an input and output audio device in Settings at the bottom left.

4.5 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. 

4.6 Latency

You can check the quality of your current connection at the top right corner.

4.7 Talkback

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

You can mute or unmute yourself by clicking the mute button at the top right corner.

4.8 Level meter

The level meter on the right can be used to check the level of the voice actor’s microphone.

4.9 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. 

4.10 Volume adjustment

Use the slider on the left side of the playback bar to adjust the video playback volume.

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

4.11 Session timeout

If you are inactive for more than 30 minutes, a message will show up. To stay signed in, click continue. Otherwise, you will be signed out.

4.12 Troubleshooting

If there are any issues using the software, you can click on i icon next to the session name to view the debugging information. When requesting for technical assistance the information should be provided.

Recommended Devices & Accessories

USB microphone

Shure MV7 (with Shure RK345 foam)

https://www.shure.com/en-GB/products/microphones/mv7

https://www.shure.com/en-EU/products/accessories/rk345

Apogee Mic+

Closed back headphone

AKG K271 MKII

https://www.akg.com/Headphones/Professional%20Headphones/K271MKII.html

Beyer Dynamic DT770

https://europe.beyerdynamic.com/dt-770-pro.html

Sony MD7506

https://pro.sony/ue_US/products/headphones/mdr-7506

Audio Technica ATH-M30X

https://www.audio-technica.com/en-eu/ath-m30x

Microphone stand

K&M table microphone stand

https://www.k-m.de/en/products/mic-stands/table-stands-table-bases/23150-tabletop-microphone-stand-black-3-8

K&M table microphone stand

https://www.k-m.de/en/products/mic-stands/table-stands-table-bases/25995-table-floor-microphone-stand-black/25995-300-55

Rode PSA1 table microphone arm

http://www.rode.com/accessories/psa1

Pop filter

K&M pop filter

https://www.k-m.de/en/products/mic-stands/popkiller/23956-popkiller-black?number=23956-000-55

Reflection filter

SE Electronics Reflection Filter X

https://www.seelectronics.com/reflexion-filter-x

Change Log

DateDetailsUpdated by
2022-08-03– Documentation created. Zack Han