Source Elements has announced the release of Source-Connect, a new Pro Tools plug-in capable of streaming audio directly from one Pro Tools system to another. Source-Connect enables audio connections between Pro Tools systems anywhere in the world, allowing direct-to-timeline recording with real-time, broadcast-quality audio using only T1, Cable, or DSL internet connections.
Source-Connect eliminates the need for ISDN lines, additional hardware, subscription, fees and minute-by-minute line charges, according to Source Elements, enabling \high-quality connections between studios, voiceover talent, and musicians. Incorporating a high-quality AAC codec, Source-Connect requires a minimum upload and download bandwidth of 300Kbps and allows for communications at bit rates up to 160Kbps.
Unlike ISDN, which requires complex set-up and often, assistance from the machine room, Source-Connect appears right in the Pro Tools session. A selection from the user-defined contact list initiates a connection. Michael Coyle of Chicago Recording Company, after testing Source-Connect in his home and studio, remarked, "One surprising benefit of Source-Connect versus ISDN dialups is how fast you can connect and disconnect. It's nearly instantaneous."
Source-Connect is available for immediate download from www.source-elements.com and is priced at $1,495.00. Source Elements was founded by John Binder and Robert Marshall, two audio engineers who develop alternative solutions to the problematic complexities of everyday post-production.