playing music with friends using web conferencing

playing music with friends using web conferencing

Has anyone found a way to use a software tool like google hangouts, Zoom or skype to bring a collection of musicians together to play tunes?

I suspect the audio would not sync up between the participants - has anyone tried this?

John Whelan regularly hosts tunes via facebook live - but it’s him playing live and friends playing along at home, so it’s not a group - still — better than nothing —

Please reply if anyone would like to give it a try —

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Trying it for two tomorrow but I agree with more ppl you probably won’t be able to sync

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The latency just wouldn’t be low enough for group playing, but "playing along" on your own certainly is better than nothing!

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I’ve not used it but this service has been mentioned a few times re online sessions:

https://www.jamkazam.com/

Edit: and happy to try it if anyone fancies 🙂

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I guess you’d have to make the sound one way, others play along with a "leader" who can’t hear them.

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@belayatron: Just signed up.

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The band Tullamore (Kansas City area) has practiced with remote members and details some of their effort. Check out their Facebook page or website. I’d do it but I’m on travel with minimal net access.

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I’ve done a little bit of research in this area a couple of years back and the only systems that I have seen to be successful for multiple musicians playing together in sync are those involving either facilities that have access to very high speed internet connections and high end hardware such as the LOLA project - https://lola.conts.it/ or use software that requires a lot of tech support to setup and use such as JackTrip - https://ccrma.stanford.edu/software/jacktrip/

Cleanfeed https://cleanfeed.net/ is a pretty straightforward networking technology that is successfully used in the radio broadcasting world for remote interviewing and is easy to use within the Chrome browser. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mix-minus for a definition of a clean feed or mix-minus one mix) And is designed to provide a high quality audio feed (basically replacing ISDN in many cases)

In the context of a session it could be used if one player (or a small group of together) acted as the leader(s) and others "tuned" into him/her/them and played along with the leader(s). But due to the delay inherent in the network they would only be able to hear themselves and the leader(s) (and the leader would only be able to listen to themselves). Given the lack of video however perhaps FB streaming might be a preferred option in that context if the quality of the audio is not paramount.

I would be interested to hear of any other experiences that people have had with remote participation in sessions. But in the meantime I suppose I’ll have more time to practise!

Patrick

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so we tried a video call today and could not play in sync. ended up chatting instead

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I haven’t tried it but I imagine that any app designed for teleconferencing (Skype) should work.

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According to their website, JamKazam’s free Mac and Windows desktop apps (www.jamkazam.com/) let musicians play together live and in sync with hiqh quality audio from different locations over the Internet.