First internet rehearsal last night...

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Last night, my jazz quartet rehearsed over the internet for the first time. The covid restrictions here in Sweden make it unviable to meet up in person right now for playing, so this was our only option. We used a software called Jamulus.

It was really quite fun, and worked surprisingly well. Also, my VF SD5 Echo sticks got their first use in a very long while. These are surprisingly light and quiet, and much preferable to rods to me. I also got to use my 1940s something 20" Old K, weighing in at about 1,550 grams, a very thin but absolutely gorgeous ride that I get to use too seldom.

Anyway, I so wish the pandemic to be over soon. But untli it is, I really can recommend this kind of internet playing solution. Everything worked smoothly. I live in a flat in an apartment building, so cannot do these things more than once a week, at the most. I've got great neighbours, and am intent on keeping it that way.

Here is a poor pic of my setup last night.

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Did you record? I'd be curious to see if the latency, and there is a small amount, perhaps not noticeable, had an effect.
 

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Did you record? I'd be curious to see if the latency, and there is a small amount, perhaps not noticeable, had an effect.
Sorry, no we didn't record. But since we all set up in our respective homes, perhaps the audio quality in our headphones wasn't quite as good as what you would get in a professional recording studio. And a recording wouldn't have sounded great. This was the first time we tried this, too. None of us experienced latency issues, however.

Have you tried this yourself?

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That picture is exactly how I envision a Swedish jazz studio. A wider view would show Ben Webster sitting on the sofa.
Yeah, well that is actually the room in our apartment where I work (I am a translator by profession) and where my wife and I watch movies and series from the couch. :) Ben Webster would be more than welcome, though.

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Last night, my jazz quartet rehearsed over the internet for the first time. The covid restrictions here in Sweden make it unviable to meet up in person right now for playing, so this was our only option. We used a software called Jamulus.

It was really quite fun, and worked surprisingly well. Also, my VF SD5 Echo sticks got their first use in a very long while. These are surprisingly light and quiet, and much preferable to rods to me. I also got to use my 1940s something 20" Old K, weighing in at about 1,550 grams, a very thin but absolutely gorgeous ride that I get to use too seldom.

Anyway, I so wish the pandemic to be over soon. But untli it is, I really can recommend this kind of internet playing solution. Everything worked smoothly. I live in a flat in an apartment building, so cannot do these things more than once a week, at the most. I've got great neighbours, and am intent on keeping it that way.

Here is a poor pic of my setup last night.

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What software/platform did you all use to do this? Looks like a nice simple set up and location.
 

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Last night, my jazz quartet rehearsed over the internet for the first time. The covid restrictions here in Sweden make it unviable to meet up in person right now for playing, so this was our only option. We used a software called Jamulus.

It was really quite fun, and worked surprisingly well. Also, my VF SD5 Echo sticks got their first use in a very long while. These are surprisingly light and quiet, and much preferable to rods to me. I also got to use my 1940s something 20" Old K, weighing in at about 1,550 grams, a very thin but absolutely gorgeous ride that I get to use too seldom.

Anyway, I so wish the pandemic to be over soon. But untli it is, I really can recommend this kind of internet playing solution. Everything worked smoothly. I live in a flat in an apartment building, so cannot do these things more than once a week, at the most. I've got great neighbours, and am intent on keeping it that way.

Here is a poor pic of my setup last night.

View attachment 472572

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Do you live in an area with no sunlight during the winter, and no darkness during the summer?
 

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Sorry, no we didn't record. But since we all recorded from our respective homes, perhaps the audio quality in our headphones wasn't quite as good as what you would get in a professional recording studio. None of us experienced latency issues, however.

Have you tried this yourself?

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Haven't tried it, but have seen a few results of internet collaboration, and I could sense a bit of slop.

It does take time for the packets to make it from one place to another, in mS.
 

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Last night, my jazz quartet rehearsed over the internet for the first time. The covid restrictions here in Sweden make it unviable to meet up in person right now for playing, so this was our only option. We used a software called Jamulus.

It was really quite fun, and worked surprisingly well.

/Magnus
what speakers did you use to 'hear' the others..

Oh You used 'Headphones" ok, got it..
would standing speakers been preferable? or too loud for neighbors or other reasons etc)
 
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Haven't tried it, but have seen a few results of internet collaboration, and I could sense a bit of slop.

It does take time for the packets to make it from one place to another, in mS.
Yes, there is a delay. You can see a figure for it in the app. I think my connection was something like 30-40 ms in total. The guitarist had even less lag. It really wasn't a problem.

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what speakers did you use to 'hear' the others..

Oh You used 'Headphones" ok, got it..
would standing speakers been preferable? or too loud for neighbors or other reasons etc)
Yes, headphones is a must. You will get feedback loops otherwise. You can't use speakers for this.

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Do you live in an area with no sunlight during the winter, and no darkness during the summer?
I live in Stockholm. It's well below the polar circle, so not quite dark all day this time of year. And no real midnight sun. But yes, it is very dark this time of year, perhaps daylight from 9 am to 3 pm, and not very bright at that. And in June-July, even the nights aren't quite dark, and you can actually see the position of the sun along the night horizon, not the actual sun disc, but it's much brighter on the horizon below where it is.

I think I took that picture around 4.30 pm yesterday.

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Headphones also help to reduce latency. There's about 1ms of latency per foot of distance between your ear and speakers. So even if you are in the same room with other musicians, you've got latency.
 

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I live in Stockholm. It's well below the polar circle, so not quite dark all day this time of year. And no real midnight sun. But yes, it is very dark this time of year, perhaps daylight from 9 am to 3 pm, and not very bright at that. And in June-July, even the nights aren't quite dark, and you can actually see the position of the sun along the night horizon, not the actual sun disc, but it's much brighter on the horizon below where it is.

I think I took that picture around 4.30 pm yesterday.

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Man, I don’t know how you do that.
 


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