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513 posts
Sep 10, 2020
11:02 PM
Hi, as I am sure is the case with many of you, my band can't get together these days, but we'd love to be able to jam/rehearse remotely. However, latency on platforms like Zoom or FaceTime make it pretty awkward, if not impossible. Supposedly, Jamkazam deals with that issue pretty well if each musician is set up properly - direct ethernet connection so you are not using wifi, and an audio mixer (from what I've read).

I was wondering if any of you have direct experience with Jamkazam (or any other platform that works well). Before I invest in the hardware (and suggest other band members do as well), it would be nice to know if this might work.


786 posts
Sep 11, 2020
8:15 PM
There's a pretty good review here. He says it can work, given the right hardware and stuff, but it's tricky to set up and not well supported.

As a software guy, overcoming network latency on multiple disparate computers would be a very difficult problem. If they've solved it, hats off to them.

514 posts
Sep 11, 2020
10:37 PM
Thanks Gary. I think I may have read that review, and it certainly sounds like there may be real challenges to making it work.
839 posts
Sep 13, 2020
2:16 AM
If you live within 400KM's on high bandwidth Ethernet and can get stable latency down to ~20ms you can probably do a live session - but there are other issues to consider too.

It's possible to go over this distance with latency up to <~70ms that can be compensated for with track delays - if you have the right hardware/software - but any slippage or glitches and you're toast if playing live.

Online Music Collaboration has a good summary of current tech, issues, and possible approaches.

I've done quite a bit of this using Ninjam over the years (example below between Tokyo/Toronto) and tuning the style to work with the constraints of the software.

Bottom Line: You can't beat physics. At least not anytime soon, cost effectively, and with a simple UX.
Paul Cohen aka Komuso Tokugawa
HarpNinja - Learn Harmonica Faster
Komuso's Music Website

Last Edited by Komuso on Sep 13, 2020 2:26 AM

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