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with Erikka J

Where do you back up your files? This week, Anne & Erikka meticulously discuss their redundancy rituals in the booth. Everything must be backed up: files, microphones, power, internet connectivity, cables, interfaces, XLR cables, and more. In a perfect world, every #VOBOSS has a plan for when tech inevitably fails, and if you don’t...this episode has got you covered!

In this episode, Anne & Erikka break down everything you need in a perfect home studio, from mics to ventilation and backups galore...

"With hardware, it’s not about if it will fail but when." - Erikka J

About Erikka

DC born, Atlanta based voice actor, singer/songwriter and entertainer Erikka J is known for her rich powerhouse vocals, soulful tenor to soprano range, and commanding stage presence. As a writer, she is dedicated to giving her fans, or "Jewels" as she has named them, meaningful, honest, and relatable lyrics. During her time in Richmond, Virginia a reputation for delivering quality, heartfelt, attention grabbing performances earned her the honor of opening for Grammy-winning recording artist Chrisette Michele. Erikka has headlined events at notable venues such as DC's historic Blues Alley Jazz Club and the Dumfries Summer Concert Series. Though classically trained at DC's Duke Ellington School of the Arts and influenced by vocal staples such as Mary J. Blige and Billie Holiday, Erikka has a deep rooted love for hip-hop that is evident in her delivery. She lives up to her "Natural Born Hustler" mantra with accomplishments such as landing music video placements on BET Soul,,, and Russell Simmons' All Def Digital YouTube channel, as well as lending her voice over talents to notable clients such as Google, Amazon, Apple News+, and the DC Lottery.

Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. Assume that at some point your gear will fail. #VOBOSS

  2. Redundancy, redundancy, redundancy! #VOBOSS

  3. Back up your files + have extra gear in case something fails.

  4. Investing in a two-input interface is built in redundancy in case an input fails. #VOBOSS

  5. Label your cables & know the signal flow of your set up for easy troubleshooting. #VOBOSS

  6. Be able to connect via ethernet & wifi. Bonus points if you have a hotspot or wifi card! #VOBOSS

  7. Invest in power backups, surge protectors, or a UPS (uninterruptible power source) device. #VOBOSS

  8. Keep files backed up in THREE locations. #VOBOSS

  9. Consider investing in a computer solely used for audio recording.

  10. Invest in the basics (XLR cables, power strips, hard drives) because they are essential!

"Build redundancy into your business." - Anne

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Recorded on ipDTL - get it here >>
Get involved with 100voiceswhocare >>
Check your connection speed with a Speedtest >>
Upgrade your XLR cables to Mogami Cables >>


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