You Already Have A Phone Patch

Hey, there!

Sometimes, we make things a lot harder for ourselves than we need to.

Sometimes, the solution to our problem is right in front of our eyes.

Or, right in our ears.

First, let’s make sure we understand what a phone patch is, and what it does.

A phone patch is a device that connects, or patches, a phone line into a studio console so that the client, who might be in a remote location, can “listen in” on the voice session without being recorded by the engineer. They might just listen, they might offer direction, or they might be playing Words with Friends while pretending to care about the session.

You used to have to have a three- or four-thousand dollar piece of equipment hooked into an elaborate set of inputs and a muting system to accomplish this. And some studios still have that.

But you have a much simpler, much more elegant solution, sitting in your pocket, purse, pouch or desk.

Or in your ear.

You have a Bluetooth or wired headset for your cell phone, right? You do if you drive legally with a cell phone in California, and in a lot of other states.

That’s your phone patch.


If you use a mic without a set of headphones, just plug in your cellphone’s headset, wired or wireless and have the client call you at the appointed time of your session. When you talk into your studio mic, you’ll also be talking into your cell phone headset at the same time. And you’ll only be able to hear the client in your ear – the studio mic won’t pick up that sound.

And if you do use headphones, you can still do the same thing – just put the cell headset on first, then your monitoring headphones, making sure that the tip of the mic boom of the cell’s headset is exposed, or, if the headset’s mic is on the cord that leads to the phone, it’s not stuffed inside your headphone’s cups.

(Which really sounds dirty.)

And if you use earbuds, just use one, and use the headset in the other ear.

And that’s it! And it actually sounds better than the old phone patch – with no muting needed.

As usual, enjoy. And if you’re looking for the cell headset I use, here it is: the Plantronics Discovery 975, the very best Bluetooth headset on the market. A link:

Hope this helps.


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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