By Simon Smith, Audio Producer at Voice Bubble and Humanist Celebrant
I have two current roles in my professional career – audio producer and humanist celebrant. They both focus on how voice and story contribute to creativity, which involves multiple stakeholders and collaborators. In both, I have to ensure that we meet strict deadlines and nothing goes wrong along the way.
About a decade ago, I began using Dropbox for file storage. I then discovered it had a lot more benefits than I anticipated. It streamlined the collaborative journey for myself and my clients, and our projects are better for it. Here’s a look at how Dropbox continues to surprise me.
The challenges of an audio producer tied to physical storage
One of my hats is as an audio producer for VoiceBubble, a voiceover and voice talent business in the UK. We produce a variety of online content, including podcasts, audiobooks and even online training. As you might imagine, this work generates sizable audio files.
When I ran out of space on my computer, I began using external drives. As much as they were convenient, they were also prone to failure or slow performance. Many of my projects are time sensitive, and I couldn’t afford to lose anything – files or time. I needed a more reliable tool that allowed me to move faster. That’s when I started to use Dropbox.
One of my favourite Dropbox features is selective sync. Everyone needs access to the most recent version of a project, but syncing 60–80 GB audio files can slow down a device and take up space. Selective sync allows me to remove specific Dropbox folders from my local hard drive to save space. Those files remain stored in the cloud, so I can still access them at any time.