Out-of-Voice Experience

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Does an ISDN session ever leave you feeling like you’re having an Out-Of-Voice Experience? Speaking to and hearing disembodied voices can be a rather interesting way to spend your time. Can you relate?

Talking To Voices In My Head

Voice actor Jonathan Nail commented the other day that he felt rather detached from his voice, saying via Twitter, “Did an ADR session yesterday where the director was in Atlanta & the engineer was in Detroit. Talking to voices in my head.”
To this, I had to reply!

My reply was “Sounds like an out of voice experience! That’s quite the concept, eh?”.
Limited on each end to 140 characters, the discussion was brief yet inspirational.
For those of you who have used ISDN, or for that matter, been directed through a pane of glass, you may relate to what we’re talking about.

Have you had an out-of-voice experience?

Comment and share your story!
Best wishes,
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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Wow. Yes. Trying to get past the feedback loop and adjust and correct the line levels, which were quickly corrected. The feedback loop happened because the ISDN studio app is not in constant use, and there are different codecs. Today we were dealing with a bridge between Source Connect and my ISDN. This is always tense at the get-go. But there are a lot of benefts. The session ended up being 2 1/2 hours between a NYC studio and my Escondido, California ISDN studio. The out-of body experience was all in the effort to keep the client happy. And they were.

  2. You know, I find ISDN sessions from my cozy studio quite intimate. When I’m performing, it is an out of body (or voice) experience anyway. I mean, I have to let myself go on “autopilot” – like when I used to dance or play piano in front of an audience. (Funny, I just dreamt about that last night!) If I think too much while I’m working, I stutter and stop. The flow is so organic. I get in character and just flow with it.
    Well written copy is such a joy. Some of the scripts I get – especially for long form e-learning – often have misplaced words, incorrect punctuation, or incorrect verb tenses which jar me back into the “real” world with a screeching halt! Even if I’m reading reasonable copy and I’m going along and then start to think about a word I previously read as I’m continuing on – Did I say the correct word? Did I have a funny sound? – obviously that’s going to stop the flow. Very interesting how our brains work.
    I, too, have worked ISDN sessions when I, the engineer, the client, and other talent were all in different cities. For that brief time, it’s like we’re together in our own little world – what fun!

  3. Hi!
    I’m quite fine with the behind the glass experience. Maybe because I’m looking at the peeps as I’m being spoken to, so my brain ‘marries’ the two elements together. It’s a little weird to receive direction when you can’t see anyone, however.
    What I find is wild, and quite interesting and amusing, is being directed by email. It’s happened sometimes when doing audio drama, that I email my MP3 and receive an MP3 back with a certain way of pronouncing words; or verbal direction on a line that needs a re-take.
    We’ve not even met each other, but here we are collaborating back and forth from one country to the other, via the internet!
    I love my job!

  4. Always prefer ISDN to phone patch – because I don’t have to be the engineer. Get to perform. And the connections with my regular clients are good – no delays – just like being in a studio without a window into the control room. And there are lots of those around.
    The only time it gets a little weird is doing multiple voice spots. Did a couple for Meijer earlier in the year with me in San Diego, the male talent in LA, and the studio and the client back east – in two different places. Then there is a slight delay in our “conversation” that needs to get tightened up in edit.
    Always happy to see an email or get a call for ISDN work.


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