Jam with other musicians online. Live. And in sync.

Just like our newly built webradio, here’s a relic from the time when RSS was king (still is if you ask us). And guess what : we’ve decided to write about it in a blog post.

So here it is : at a time when most musicians are stuck home, we’ve been reminded of one efficient way to jam together with your fellow musicians, each one behind his deck, using the same clock, and online.

Silicon Beats jamming live at Nuit Blanche 2020, in a pre-COVID Montréal

Before jumping on the first instagram ad that pops up, we think you should know that this happens to be a free and open source solution, that has been around since 2004.

We’re of course talking about NINJAM.

After some time spent testing the robustness and guitar skills of the many members of the existing channels, we’ve decided to setup a temporary dedicated server, maybe more beat music oriented, for you to jam with in those weird times.

First, a step-by-step video that was brought to our attention.

Then a couple links :
Get the last version of Reaper : https://www.reaper.fm
All you should know about Ninjam : https://www.cockos.com/ninjam

And this package, which should have everything you need to be in business and start jamming in under a minute.

It’s important to note that until we get to 6G connectivity, some miracles cannot be achieved : you will still experience multiple seconds delays between players in real-life, bandwidth can cause issues, but the main point is that you can be in sync (whatever you play, if you’re tight, it’ll sound tight), up to 32 channels per person, record your sessions, and jam together.

For this first week, and with the good old days of turntablist chat rooms in mind, we’ve set the server to 82BPM. We’ll see where this goes, and will probably change it next week.
If anything breaks, come yell at Plugnpray on our Discord server.

Talking about jams, don’t miss Téhu’s live stream on Wednesday, taking over our Twitch channel from 8PM EST. He’ll be performing live from his studio, with a massive amount of keys and analog toys plugged into the live-looping station.
This may be the first of a series, so come join us on Wednesday at 8PM, and we’ll see what happens from there.

If you have any other solution to recommend, let us know.

You can check our webradio here :


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