Played on-line with another banjo player today for the first time. Fun to play, but FaceTime was pretty inadequate in terms of sound quality and control, lag, etc.
Can anyone suggest software tailored for players in two or more locations to play together?
I certainly don't know of any, and just off the top of my head, I'd say it's not possible. Too many lags, buffering, various server speeds, etc. I know from experience that Zoom doesn't work. I'd love to be wrong, though. And I'm fairly used to it!
The best one I've known about and used is JamKazam. During the pandemic they did a lot of work to improve the system. It's rather dependent on a good, wired Internet connection and takes some effort to get it running, but it does work better than other options. Their servers try to do a direct connection to reduce latency. "JamKazam has spent the last 6 years building the best platform in the world to help musicians play together live and in-sync over the Internet from different locations with high quality audio and video." jamkazam.com
The challenge is to get all jam members to be well set up and working...lots of times the quality would fall apart for one or more of the jammers. But I have not tried it in over a year so would be interested in hearing anyone with more recent experience.