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Mar 21, 2020 - 7:25:04 AM
13 posts since 12/13/2010

Hi, Everyone.
I participate in a weekly jam that's been happening in public for a few decades but now here in NY State the taverns are closed, so no jam anymore and I don't want to actually be that close to many people.

What is the best application for interactive video-jamming that you know of - preferably a free app that works for laptops as well as smartphones.


Thanks,
Matt

Mar 21, 2020 - 8:12:53 AM
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HSmith

UK

388 posts since 12/30/2005

Hi

I just replied to another thread on a similar subject. My wife is using Zoom to join in her dance class while maintaining social distancing. It's a video and audio conferencing tool. She tells me it works really well and is simple and intuitive to use. I imagine it would be equally good for musical jamming.

Here's a link zoom.us/

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:46:14 PM
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13 posts since 12/13/2010

Thanks, Harry
I have a jam scheduled in 15 minutes on Zoom. We'll see how it goes.


Matt

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:42:24 AM
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m06

England

8729 posts since 10/5/2006

Hah! I wonder how many of us are tying to find exactly this right now?

Myself and a friend are trying to get JamKazam to work for us.

https://www.jamkazam.com

Does Zoom get around the time lag that usually prevents jamming online?

 

Let's do this!

Edited by - m06 on 03/25/2020 07:49:32

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:44:17 PM

2876 posts since 10/17/2009

There is another discussion https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/362320

As mentioned, the latency is the big issue for being in sync actual jamming.

Most folks tha used Zoom found it is too much lag.

I suggest Jamkazam, it's a little more designed for this. It might be okay if distance is short, and good network, and good setup. There are some ways to tweak and improve, but some can't be overcome. However, at minimum it still works for the social aspect, and swapping tunes and such.

I was in a bunch of Jamkazam sessions last night. But from all around world... interesting but too much lag be in sync.

I have set up a scheduled session later today with fiddlers... to experiment. Might set up one for BHO.

Edited by - banjoak on 03/25/2020 13:46:40

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:56:10 PM

13 posts since 12/13/2010

Hi,

No. Zoom does not get around the time delay issue. We had 3 parties connected and couldn't play with our all mics on. I found it hard to watch my own feed due to the time lag - a second or two. We took turns playing our separate tunes while the others muted themselves and it was nice to socialize with the others.

 

 

Matt

 

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Originally posted by m06

Hah! I wonder how many of us are tying to find exactly this right now?

Myself and a friend are trying to get JamKazam to work for us.

https://www.jamkazam.com

Does Zoom get around the time lag that usually prevents jamming online?

 

Let's do this!


Mar 25, 2020 - 2:42:04 PM

2876 posts since 10/17/2009

Last night in Jamkazam the total RTT delay for me and folks 1000's of miles away (I live in Alaksa) - was about 60 to 140 milliseconds. That's not bad, but too much to actually jam.  Locally in town, with right setup, I have got it down to under 30ms.  At this range the doable/works is a bit subjective depending on expectations.

Quite a bit better than Zoom. A certain amount of latency will always exist.

Edited by - banjoak on 03/25/2020 14:43:38

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