What is a cassette? It’s the way we used to send clients their commercials to ‘keep on file’.. (Bottom draw of the managers office along with the half bottle of scotch).
Tape had a way of sending you, as a producer, totally NUTS!.. On the best take of the day you’d get a drop out. Your manager would never give you enough in your budget (if you had one) to buy tape so you could splice edits (“you want how much more? use the old tape those Maccas ads came on last year”)
The tape gets old & worn, dusty and just crap..Remember the sound as you finally gave up on your copy of Thriller, threw it in the bin & bough the CD?
That is the sound we’re talking about here, scratchy, no depth, hissy and plops that are very random.
These would never go onto the sales reps iPod, but they continually try to get us to play them on our radio stations.
I am talking about the TV ad sound track to be used on the radio. The emailed version that is 2.2 mg, when you preview it the screen pops up at about 200 x 200 pixels (would even look bad on your ipod nano’s screen & sound bad too). and THAT is what is supposed to go to air?
As the masters of the “Sound” of the stations, we know what sounds good and what doesnt. For those poor clients who will be hit by the “We will only use .wav files for digital radio” well it could get very interesting. I guess the same should apply for TV who are neck long into the HD production of their material. It shouldn’t take many seconds to rip the sould off for Radio in full .wav format.
In the wash-up we have the client to answer to, and the almighty dollar, so we put the ads to air or the revenue stream stalls a little. Whats needed it for all content makers to stick together and keep the quality of our product as high as it can be.
If you are unsure.. Think, if it looks like sh*t, it will sound like it out of your radio.
Internet radio can sound like this, we can do better…