Another app question--group hangout for a performance but not Google?
Trying to work out the bugs in my distance teaching (which so far has gone better than expected!) We had to cancel our "performance day" (on non-recital quarters, we have mini performances where students get together and play for each other and get to share/encourage/etc.) Anyway, I am trying to figure out if there's a way to still make that work online. Zoom seems to be decent functionality for multiple people, but I have one family who doesn't have a Google account and doesn't want to (which I respect). I may not be able to bend over backward for them, but I want to at least check other recommendations. I've also used Hangouts, WhatsApp, and Skype, but Hangouts is also Google-based, and my experience with the other two on group calls is that they're somewhat chaotic...
Bonus points: Is there a platform that will enable duets? I've heard that you can't overcome lag time, but also seeing things of ensembles performing across their living rooms...
I think you're heading into a situation where "one family doesn't want to" translates into
I agree with Paul. This is a snowflake response that's entirely unreasonable.
As for ensembles playing together in their living rooms: they're not playing together. They all record their parts separately, using either a metronome or a click track on their headphones, and then someone puts all the videos together.
You can't overcome lag. The ensembles are what Andrew said. I just recorded the 2nd violin part to Nimrod this evening, in my living room, with the metronome set on 50 coming through an earbud.
Adding for even more clarity: You need a Zoom account to host a meeting, not to attend a meeting that someone else has created. Also, even though Zoom allows "federated" identity via Google and Facebook, you still have the option of creating your account in Zoom itself.
Thanks for your replies. Sounds like we should be able to make zoom work. I am not techy and would have probably taken a long time to figure that out (for some reason I thought it was essentially a Google based platform, oh well), so appreciate your knowledge! Also thanks for clarification on ensembles.
In normal times I wouldn't consider it a snowflake response either. But everybody needs to give a little right now.
For several years I've been rehearsing with a friend in Japan. To overcome the crosstalk problem, where sound can only move in one direction, we use two accounts each, two devices each, and two simultaneous connections, with sound muted for each of us on one connection. We wear headphones to avoid feedback issues. Latency is still a problem, though. We tried Zoom recently since it supposedly handles the crosstalk issue better, but audio was really breaky. Perhaps we'll try again with some settings adjustment.