Having problems is inevitable. Having friends, at least this has been my experience this week, leads to solving and overcoming those obstacles. Case in point, at the moment I’m in central Ohio on a business trip. Among the things I need to accomplish while I’m here is to record a number of long meetings so that eventually portions of these meetings can be edited and used for radio broadcasts in future months and years. But, as they do, problems cropped up.
My first and most important challenge, I discovered after arriving in Ohio that my portable audio interface is no longer reliably recording audio. Thankfully, my good friend Dan Nachtrab has a comparable audio device that he’s not using for the next few days and he’s willing to let me borrow it to get the recordings done that are my primary purpose for being here.
Second challenge, I was booked for a recording session by my agent in Pittsburgh while I’m here in Ohio. The session had to be done in person or via ISDN. Thankfully, my friend Dan Nachtrab has ISDN in his home studio and was willing to let me use his studio, especially since I was going to need to drive over to borrow his portable audio unit anyway.
So, I hop in my car and make the drive to Dan’s house in Dayton. It’s a bit of a drive, but given the fact that I can solve all of my problems in one go, it is well worth it.
A third challenge arises while I’m at Dan’s house, when I get a call from my friend Peter Brown. He needs a few voiceovers done and in fact, needs more than one voice. So, again Dan comes to the rescue. We record the audio in his studio and Dan even acts as the extra voice, which also helps solve my friend Peter’s problem of needing an additional voice for his scripts.
I took Dan and his charming wife Niki out to dinner as a small way of saying thank you for helping me out so much this week, and then gratefully drove back to my hotel room after that wonderful meal and lots of interesting and invigorating conversation.