JackTrip Virtual Studio

Virtual Studio is a commercial service operated by JackTrip Labs, a Delaware public-benefit corporation that is an affiliate of the JackTrip Foundation.

Introducing JackTrip Virtual Studio

Play music with others over the Internet

Sing with your chorus, or jam with your band without leaving home. Virtual Studio is a tool for musicians that enables them to produce music together over common Internet connections. It delivers high quality sound with minimal time delay, so that musicians can keep the beat and stay in harmony. It can make it sound like you are in the same room next to each other, even when you are actually hundreds of miles apart.

Image of founder Stanford professor Chris Chafe
Image of founder Mike Dickey, software entrepreneur

Plug-and-play online music devices

Any audio software which runs on your laptop is limited by both the quality and latency of your sound card, with most latencies ranging from tens to hundreds of milliseconds.

JackTrip's Virtual Studio devices provide the easiest and fastest path to playing music online, offering excellent quality audio and a hardware latency of only about 1 millisecond. These devices fit in the palm of your hand, include all the software you need, and are managed using your favorite web browser. No laptop or desktop required.

Contact sales@jacktrip.org to purchase, or build your own using one of our supported sound cards, and our free disk image for Raspberry Pi devices.

Easy to use web application

The Virtual Studio web application offers an easy-to-use interface for assembling your group, and connecting everyone together using a JackTrip audio hub server. It can also be used to manage our Virtual Studio devices, or any custom built devices that use our Raspberry Pi disk images.

Image of founder Stanford professor Chris Chafe
Image of founder Mike Dickey, software entrepreneur

High quality audio

Most other solutions compress your audio using lossy codecs, forcing you to sacrifice fidelity and harmonics for bandwidth. This sound is often described as garbled, muddied or robotic. Virtual Studio defaults to using uncompressed, CD quality audio (48khz, lossless). If your Internet connection can handle it, you can even use HD quality audio (96khz) for the best possible sound. It also supports lossy (low bandwidth) audio, if your Internet connection happens to be more constrained.

Supports large groups

The Virtual Studio service was originally developed for a chorus of about 250 members, and is currently being used by groups of over 100. While proper scalability testing is ongoing, our initial tests indicate that it can support hundreds of musicians performing together. When it comes to scale, we haven't found anything that even comes close.

Image of founder Stanford professor Chris Chafe
Image of founder Mike Dickey, software entrepreneur

Fully-managed cloud audio servers

Virtual Studio is best if you live within 250 miles of one of our supported geographical regions. The web application uses cloud computing to manage audio servers for you. We plan to continuously expand this list over time, as more geographical regions are activated by the major cloud computing providers.

Everyone else is able to use the Virtual Studio web application with externally-managed JackTrip audio hub servers, free of charge. This allows you to still benefit from the ease of use of our Virtual Studio devices, regardless of where you live.

How much does Virtual Studio cost?

JackTrip Virtual Studio devices are available at an affordable price of $149.99 (about $200 including recommended accessories as shown).

JackTrip managed cloud audio servers are available free through the end of June 2021. Beginning July 1, 2021, we will charge using metered, monthly subscription plans that enable you to pay only for the on-demand resources that you actually need to use.

As a non-profit organization, our goal is the wide availability of this service so that musicians can easily collaborate over the Internet, especially during this pandemic.

Image of founder Stanford professor Chris Chafe

The Ragazzi Continuo using JackTrip Virtual Studio