Encore is excited to announce the January 2021 implementation of new technology, developed by a nonprofit organization at Stanford University, that will enable our singers to rehearse online while hearing each other sing in real-time. JackTrip Virtual Studio is a tool for musicians that enables them to produce music together over common Internet connections. It delivers high-quality sound with a 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. The Virtual Studio service was originally developed for a chorus of over 200 members. While proper scalability testing is ongoing, initial tests indicate that it can support hundreds of musicians performing together.
Encore intends to use JackTrip Virtual Studio in conjunction with our normal Zoom rehearsals. Participants will see each other on Zoom, as normal, but sound will be transmitted via JackTrip. Participants will be required to purchase a Virtual Studio device from the JackTrip Foundation for $150. Participants will also need certain peripheral devices listed here and must be able to connect the Virtual Studio device to the internet using a standard ethernet cable (the Virtual Studio device will not work on WiFi).
If you think you may be interested, please do not take any action at this time. Encore will be scheduling an orientation session soon to provide prospective participants with a more detailed overview and instructions. Meanwhile, you may review JackTrip Frequently Asked Questions HERE.
We emphasize this will be entirely optional. We will continue to conduct rehearsals and classes as we have been.