Does a RealTime Audio Powered Device Really Reduce Delay?
In a word, yes. It's important to know that it requires an ethernet connection to your internet router/modem and a recommended 10Mbps upload speed. You can test your speeds here: https://speed.cloudflare.com/ you will want to pay particular attention to the UPLOAD speed circled in the image below.
There is also a 1,000-mile radius limit for best experiences, and both users need the RealTime Audio Powered device along with the RealTime Audio Premium subscription in order to play together. Different musicians will have different tolerances for latency depending on the distance. Members of large choirs are used to latency, as they are sometimes on a stage that has members being 20, 30 or even 50 feet apart. Members of drumlines will definitely notice latency when they are further apart from each other.
What are the latency numbers for the iCON Portal?
What is the Maximum Number of People That Can be in a Webcam Room at the Same Time?
We support up to 500 participants per room. The server side is designed to scale and properly handle the number of people in your room.
However, there may be limitations with each user's computer and internet connection. For example, a mobile device might start to have problems with just 50 in the same room, a low-spec laptop might be fine up to 100-200, and a higher-spec laptop or desktop all the way up to 500. Or your internet connection could be having a bad day or is limited in bandwidth.
We built our product to help with low or bad internet connections. For example, if Webcam detects a bad or low-end connection then Webcam will automatically downgrade resolution or even disable some video feeds to make the best use of the available bandwidth. We’ve also designed it to prioritize the video from the people who are speaking now or have spoken most recently when making these choices.
It’s impossible to provide a fixed number of max participants in a room because it’s completely dependent on the performance of the specific user’s device and internet connection. Each user will have a different experience depending on their own device and connection’s capabilities.
We run load tests on our platform weekly, to verify our scaling mechanisms and ensure our thresholds are tuned correctly.
Tip: One way to maximize the number of active participants in a room is to mute users’ cameras or microphones (especially cameras as video feeds take much more bandwidth). You can adjust room settings to mute microphone and camera feeds by default when users enter, or you can mute mic and camera feeds individually or in bulk once they’ve already entered.
Why Do I Hear Echoing?
When you turn on Music Mode a common audio feature called echo canceling is turned off. When this is turned off you will hear echoing. There are technical reasons why echo canceling needs to be turned off for Music Mode to work. To fix this, everyone on the call needs to wear a headset.
With Music Mode turned on the audio quality changes from a web conferencing type sound to more of a stereo, higher quality sound. Though the sound is much much better, this way is for making music, the downside is that (without echo cancellation) it's not uncommon to get an echo unless both users wear headphones. Without headphones, we'd suggest not using music mode and turning the speaker volume down so it doesn't feed back into the mic.
Do you think I can save the Recording to Dropbox or Someplace Else?
Yes, you can. When you end the recording, you are given the option to download it to your computer. Once downloaded to your computer, you are free to do what you wish with your recording.
The recordings you make in your room are stored and can be located on your dashboard. Navigate to your Dashboard and then select "My Recordings". You will see a list that shows you all of the recordings that were made in the room. You can download or share these recordings. The recordings will remain stored in this list until you delete them.
What happens if my ethernet cable is too short?
MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance)
MoCA adapters are networking devices that allow you to create a wired network connection using your home's existing coaxial cable infrastructure. These adapters can be used to extend your network's coverage throughout your home without the need for additional wiring or drilling.
MoCA adapters work by transmitting data signals over the same coaxial cables that are used for your TV signal. The adapters have two ports: one for the coaxial cable and another for Ethernet. You simply connect one adapter to your modem or router using Ethernet and then connect the other adapter to the coaxial cable in another room where you want to extend your network's coverage. The data signals are then transmitted through the coaxial cable to the other adapter, which converts the signal back to Ethernet and connects to your device.
One of the benefits of using MoCA adapters is that they offer faster and more reliable network speeds than Wi-Fi extenders or powerline adapters, which can suffer from interference and signal loss. MoCA adapters use a dedicated bandwidth and have built-in security features that help prevent unauthorized access to your network.
Another advantage of MoCA adapters is that they are compatible with most cable TV systems, including those with digital video recorders (DVRs) and cable modems. However, if you have satellite TV, fiber-optic, or DSL service, MoCA adapters may not be compatible.
It's important to note that MoCA adapters require coaxial cable splitters to work properly. You may need to purchase additional splitters to ensure that your TV and internet signals are not interrupted or degraded.
If you are interested in purchasing a MoCA adapter we recommend this kit: MoCA 2.5 (2 Pack) Starter Kit
Ethernet Powerline Adapters (also known as Powerline Ethernet Adapters)
Ethernet Powerline adapters use the electrical wiring in your home to transmit data between devices. This means that instead of running an Ethernet cable from your modem or router to your device, you can use your home’s existing electrical wiring to connect your devices to your network.
The concept behind Ethernet Power Line Adapters is simple. You plug one adapter into a power outlet near your modem or router and connect it to your network using an Ethernet cable. Then, you plug another adapter into a power outlet near the device you want to connect and use another Ethernet cable to connect the device to the adapter. The two adapters communicate with each other over your home’s electrical wiring to create a wired connection between the two devices.
Ethernet Power Line Adapters are a great solution for homes that have weak wireless signals or for devices that require a wired connection, such as gaming consoles or smart TVs. They are also useful for homes with multiple floors or thick walls that can interfere with a wireless signal. With Ethernet Power Line Adapters, you can easily extend your network to any room in your home without the need for additional wiring.
There are several benefits to using Ethernet Power Line Adapters. One of the biggest advantages is convenience. Ethernet Power Line Adapters are easy to install and set up, requiring only a few minutes of your time. You don’t have to worry about drilling holes or running wires throughout your house. Additionally, Ethernet Power Line Adapters offer fast and reliable speeds, often on par with wired Ethernet connections. This means that you can enjoy high-quality low-latency jamming, streaming, and gaming without the worry of buffering or lag.
Ethernet Power Line Adapters do have some limitations, however. The quality of your electrical wiring can impact the speed and reliability of your connection. Additionally, Ethernet Power Line Adapters can be affected by other electrical devices in your home, such as power tools or appliances, which can cause interference. Finally, Ethernet Power Line Adapters may not be compatible with older homes that have outdated electrical wiring.
If you are interested in purchasing an Ethernet Powerline adapter, we recommend this starter kit: TP-Link Powerline Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit
How do you compare with Elk Audio and JackTrip Labs?
|Max Group Size
|Range In Miles
|Plug & Play
|Fully Featured Webcam
|Individual track recording
|Music and Other Tools*
|*Music and Other Tools include:
The major difference in our tech is our approach to the customer experience.
- Elk (fully) and JackTrip Labs (mainly) use peer-to-peer. This often requires the user to add complicated special port forwarding settings in their router or to create and pay for 3rd party servers using other providers and sites. Users are not usually tech-savvy or interested enough in computer science to learn these things. RealTime Audio requires none of this. RealTime Audio is fully plug-and-play.
- RealTime Audio uses both our own proprietary “self-host” architecture and also RealTime Audio servers. The AI system will automatically shift between them to optimize for the lowest latency.
Larger jam sizes.
- The bandwidth and processing strain of peer-to-peer architecture means that ELK jam sizes are limited to around five musicians.
- RealTime Audio’s “self-host” option allows for larger group sizes of up to 8-10 members.
- RealTime Audio servers allow for up to 150 simultaneous users, by automatically moving from self-host to RealTime Audio server mode.
A Fully Functional Social Network
- The RealTime Audio web conferencing app is combined with the RealTime Audio social network. Much like the Facebook social network integrates the Facetime web conferencing function.
- Use the embedded RealTime Audio social app to find like-minded musicians by filtering:
- Instruments played
- Genres preferred
- Level of skill
- Who’s online now and within jamming range
- Once you find others to jam with, you can rehearse together, write songs, record those songs, and stream live performances to your fan base – all without leaving the app or your house. Most things you can do on Facebook, you can do on the RealTime Audio integrated social network.
|Current RealTime Audio Social Network features: