We recommend the following as minimum to have an ok experience using our service.
- Computer with at least 1.5GHz CPU frequency
- 4GB Memory
- Windows users should use the recommend ASIO drivers for your system
- Ethernet cable from your computer to your router
- Headphones or earphones
- An audio interface is optional as a minimum but is strongly recommended. A good low cost one is the Behringer UMC22
For the best possible experience, we recommend the following
- 2.4GHz CPU frequency
- 16GB Memory
- Windows 10 or MacOS Catalina
- 10Mb down and 1Mb up internet connection
- Ethernet cable from computer to router, and wifi turned off at your router with no-one else using the line
- Headphones plugged in and listening to the signal coming back from the server
- USB Audio interface*
Learn more about latency and audio interfaces
To avoid “latency” (delay between you playing your instrument and you hearing it) you are strongly advised to use an audio interface: a box that you can plug your instrument(s) into rather than using your computer’s built-in sound card. The interface will connect to your PC usually via USB.
If you don’t have one, we recommend the EVO 4 USB Audio Interface low cost and excellent option that will allow you to use or record two inputs at once and output to two outputs as well as link via USB to your DAW.
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Other recommended hardware
This all in one package contains everything you need to get going with recording vocals, acoustic and electric instruments. The kit includes a good quality audio interface, a large diaphragm condenser microphone, headphones and even the XLR cable. The Scarlett series is legendary in the home studio space for its great sound and low price. You will need to add your own microphone stand to make sure you don’t pickup any handling noise, but that really is all you need. If you’re not already connected using ethernet cable, we recommend one of those too to get the best experience.
If you already have a microphone you like, XLR/jack cables galore, and good set of headphones, then you likely only need a good low latency interface and an ethernet cable. The Scarlett Solo is a great piece of simple kit that will get you connected and sounding great in no time. Also includes Pro Tools First and Ableton Lite so you really have no excuses to start recording, jamming with others online and getting your music heard.
There wouldn’t be much point getting great audio setup if all your going to do is rely on your crummy home wifi setup, what with people watching YouTube and playing online games your latency and delay times will suffer. Do yourselves a favour and do it like the pro’s do – kick everyone else offline and connect using a good quality ethernet cable directly to your modem/router. We can’t stress enough (we’ve tried) how much difference this will make to your overall online collaboration and streaming experience. You can thank us later (you’re welcome).