Paul Kotapish, managing editor at San Francisco Classical Voice, has some hopeful news for musicians desperate for opportunities to perform for audiences again in his recent article about how the acclaimed Ragazzi Boys Chorus is using JackTrip, the open-source software created at CCRMA to support high-quality audio network performance over the Internet.
"The chorus, based in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been working with Mike Dickey — a software entrepreneur and father to one of the boys in the chorus — who applied his talents and experience to the problem and developed an inexpensive, plug-and-play solution that reduces latency to a point where singers can harmonize in real-time over common Internet connections. The result is a program called Virtual Studio. Created in partnership with Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) as part of the JackTrip Foundation, the new software has been tested with Ragazzi and will be deployed to all choristers in Ragazzi performance ensembles... for the fall semester."
Often high-tech solutions have a steep learning curve and/or challenging hardware requirements, but Virtual Studio streamlines the process:
"When asked about whether Virtual Studio will become available to other music organizations, Dickey said, 'The JackTrip client is free and open source software (MIT license). Anyone can download and run it on a laptop or desktop computer... [The] plug-and-play device makes it extremely easy for musicians to get up and running. You don’t have to install any software, configure any drivers, or change firewall rules. You can just plug it in, register your device via a web browser, and start singing.'" | Read the full article at SFCV.