A presentation to the Concord Band on June 15, 2020 by Bryce Denney
This covers ways for instrumental musicians to play together safely, in person and remotely. We talked about Zoom and what DOES work, applications such as JamKazam and Soundtrap that are designed for musicians, then went deep into how to organize and produce a virtual choir or virtual ensemble project. I emphasized that a virtual ensemble video is a very technology-intensive project, and there are many simpler alternatives that allow you to spend more of your time actually playing music.
0:58 ways to play together, in person 2:04 play in person, outdoors 3:23 play in person, indoors 4:03 in different rooms, with mic & headphones 5:14 in plastic bubbles??? 6:12 video conferencing apps 11:39 band could play along with recording 13:41 music collaboration apps 13:50 jamkazam and jamulus. show what an audio interface looks like 17:58 soundtrap 22:42 soundtrap questions 26:03 virtual ensembles 27:17 virtual ensembles: players 28:45 choosing music 29:42 guide track 32:10 example of a guide track 33:45 guide track choices, simple to complex 35:43 recording yourself 38:50 video editing demo using WeVideo 41:00 lining up the tracks 44:53 fade out a player when they have rests 47:26 split tracks and change the layout 48:30 show levels and change the volume for one section 50:45 how do you get files from my computer into wevideo 51:20 import something from google drive into wevideo 53:44 I use Cyberlink PowerDirector for some more advanced things, like masking out part of a video 55:15 can you make a video slide across the screen? not in wevideo. in more advanced video editors, you can do that 56:40 audio editing 57:28 audacity example. lining up 3 tracks 59:55 how did you extract the audio from the video? audacity can just read the video file 1:01:05 does everyone's cell phone output the same format? no. 1:02:40 cubase: tour of a 36-voice virtual choir project 1:03:30 automation track can adjust the volume 1:05:39 go edit the waveforms, to fix a final consonant 1:07:16 conclusion 1:09:25 Q&A 1:11:45 wonder how to get better quality audio 1:13:00 iRig lets you connect better microphones to a phone 1:15:13 is soundtrap free? I know it's possible to use it free 1:16:35 virtual choir recording instructions, details