[LAU] online calls with decent auido for music lessons

Brandon Hale bthaleproductions at gmail.com
Fri Mar 19 14:51:11 CET 2021

Hey Lorenzo,

As far as the Jamulus stuff, you can totally run a private server on 
your main machine. The person connecting would just enter your ip and 
port number the server is on and can connect to you directly. You have 
to run the server from the shell to customize the options, but you can 
use this command to do it:

Jamulus -s -n -o "*Server-Name*;*Location-name*;*area-code**(see documentation about this)*" -w"*Server name*"

Just fill out the text that is in bold and you can run a private server.

Brandon Hale

On 3/19/21 8:53 AM, Lorenzo Sutton wrote:
> On 16/03/21 09:14, Lorenzo Sutton wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> Thank you so much for all the interesting insight and suggestions :-)
>> Sorry if I can't answer individually for now, but I did real all the 
>> emails, greatly appreciated. This mailing list rocks as usual ;-)
>> I'll try and test some of the proposed solutions trying to factor in 
>> all of the elements and the fact that I need to try and not to 
>> overcomplicate things for my teacher who - I imagine - is having to 
>> set-up all of the lessons, re-schedule etc. (I'm the student 
>> here...). I'll report back after my first remote lesson ;)
> For anyone interested, it is a bit long, but hopefully interesting / 
> useful for other :)
> For our first lesson yesterday we used Zoom for the sake of simplicity 
> (especially for my teacher and to facilitate their schedule). Audio 
> quality was decent on both ends), playing together was out of question 
> (but expected with any similar platform due to latency). My teacher 
> did point out that 'original audio' feature could improve audio 
> quality even more... Unfortunately, as said, it doesn't seem to be 
> available on Linux... Which is weird as you'd think that all of the 
> funky 'noise reduction' / 'echo cancellation' stuff should be 
> 'additions' and easy to 'turn off', not the reverse... I tried 
> contacting Zoom but I assume they will never answer.
> In the meantime I did some tests (alone, using two laptops, see some 
> specs at the end) with:
> - Discord [1]: sound quality was pretty good, especially after 
> removing all of the noise reduction, and 'auto' features and lowering 
> to the minimum 'voice activation' - and it does use Opus. It was not 
> stereo (which for bass is ok, but would be nice to have e.g. if 
> playing a backing track etc.). The nice thing was that video is 
> included. I think that in order to have more fine-grained control over 
> audio you need to download the client (so not using the web one), 
> which does exist for Linux. Both parties need to have a registered 
> account to use this, which might be a bit of a hassle for the other 
> party who have to a) register and create yet another account b) 
> install yet another application. Also log-in seems to require captcha 
> and device verification (I guess due to abuse); but this makes the 
> sign-up process and first star quite cumbersome. Audio is pulseaudio 
> of course, which means pulseaudio sink for jack. A 'mobile App' exists.
> - Jami [2]: This is a P2P calling system and uses Opus. A bonus is 
> that it supports Jack directly. It worked ok and included video, but I 
> did notice a few dropouts and high CPU usage, and one end did crash at 
> an instance. All in all, it didn't seem the quality was much higher 
> than Discord. Also mono-only. But I think that's expected as this is 
> probably and evolution of SIP 'softphone0' clients (e.g. like Egika?). 
> Account creation is easy as you really just enter a name and username 
> (no central email registration etc. needed). It does require both 
> parties having an installed client. Again this last point might prove 
> a bit of an additional hassle. A 'mobile App' exists.
> - Cleanfeed [3]: audio-only, web-only, freemium. Primarily aimed at 
> online broadcasting / podcasting / news. Considering that this works 
> out of the browser (Chrom* ones (including -ium) only officially 
> supported but they try to make it work also on Firefox), I was quite 
> impressed by the audio quality of the 'Music' setting available with 
> the free account (they offer even higher bitrates with the paid ones. 
> As a bonus 'music' is in stereo. I contacted support with a couple of 
> questions and they were very friendly and helpful and seem also quite 
> knowledgeable about Linux. The interesting feature here is that you 
> just provide a link to the other party who join through a browser. 
> This being browser-based also means you need pulseaudio and the sink 
> if using jack (like in all my tests). No video means setting up some 
> other (muted) video service for that. The browser-only link thing 
> could make this relatively easy to propose by just sending the link to 
> my teacher once we start the zoom call and having them use it for 
> audio and mute their zoom, we shall see. They are also quite 
> straightforward in saying that this is not primarily intended for 
> online 'jamming'.
> - Jamulus [4]: audio-only, realtime online jamming-oriented with 
> public 'servers', jack-native. This was actually real fun to test and 
> play with. I tried some close-by servers and jammed a bit in the 
> central one. With 128 frames set in JACK and using Jamulus' own direct 
> monitoring latency was definitely acceptable and the audio quality 
> pretty good. Audio-quality and music-friendliness wise this is 
> probably the nicest to use. Only thing for a teaching setting is the 
> public-only servers (the documentation mentions 'private' ones, but I 
> haven't looked into if this is possible without actually 'hosting' a 
> server), there is a workaround via soloing or muting others, but I 
> don't think most teachers (nor students) would feel comfortable with 
> anyone possibly coming in and listening to the lesson. Also video 
> should be provided via some other tool and, of course, all parties 
> need to have the software installed.
> That said this software is really well made and fun to use.
> (aside note there were a couple of 'troll' events in one of the public 
> servers, and although they say don't feed the trolls 'audio trolling' 
> can hurt your ears... Not sure how this could be solved, maybe some 
> 'reputation' system like on Stack overflow or similar.. but that does 
> have its flaws.. and it's another topic :-)
> In all tests my set-up was the following:
> Hardware:
> - Bass -> cheap Bass DI [balanced out] -> ZOOM H5 in | [H5 also 
> providing microphone input via the included X/Y mics (so in 4-track mode]
> In all cases the Laptop I hooked the ZOOM H5 to was connected via 
> network cable to the router. I'm also using (since about 1 week) an 
> FTTH connection. With the exception of Jamulus, I also tried 
> connecting the other test laptop via thetering 4G just to test what 
> the other user would potentially hear, and the results were always 
> pretty good (I did not however test the reverse).
> Software:
> - Jack
> - Zoom H5 shows 4 inputs in jack: the L/R mics and the inputs 1 and 2
> - Where Jack was natively supported mic1+2 and input 3 were sent to 
> the application
> -  Where Jack was not supported I added the pulseaudio sink (I always 
> start that manually via a script I have since ages), with similar 
> routing.
> - All of the software (with the exception of Cleanfeed which is 
> web-based), I was able to find packaged for Manjaro either in the 
> official repositories or in AUR.
> Things I'd like to try but din't have the chance to, yet:
> - SonoBus [5]
> - SoundJack [6]
> - JackTrip [7]
> [1]: https://discord.com/
> [2]: https://jami.net/
> [3]: https://cleanfeed.net/
> [4]: https://jamulus.io/
> [5]: https://sonobus.net/
> [6]: https://www.soundjack.eu/
> [7]: https://ccrma.stanford.edu/groups/soundwire/software/jacktrip/
> _______________________________________________
> Linux-audio-user mailing list
> Linux-audio-user at lists.linuxaudio.org
> https://lists.linuxaudio.org/listinfo/linux-audio-user
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://lists.linuxaudio.org/archives/linux-audio-user/attachments/20210319/67b9dec0/attachment.html>

More information about the Linux-audio-user mailing list