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Chris Bauer

Nashville, TN USA
Post Posted 28 Nov 2016 7:58 am     Reply with quote

I'm sure there must be threads on this already but I can't seem to find them...

I've been asked to add some tracks via Skype and, for the life of me, I can't figure out how to do it with adequate sound quality and without latency issues.

Even though I hear about this being done, I have no clue how to do it right. (To be clear, I've used Skype to 'talk along' during recordings and it's great for that. I just can't figure out how you'd actually record with any kind of sonic quality.)

Any of you have experience with this?
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Bryan Daste

Portland, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 28 Nov 2016 11:04 am     Reply with quote

I don't think it would be useable for high fidelity recording. The quality isn't great to begin with, and the delay or 'lag,' plus dropouts, would be a big problem. I would suggest just getting a rough mix, recording against it on your end (maybe with Skype running as a way to communicate with the producer), and then sending the file when it's done.
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Howard Parker

Clarksburg,MD USA
Post Posted 28 Nov 2016 12:59 pm     Reply with quote

Agreeing with Bryan. Anything recorded with Skype would be "AM radio" quality.

I wonder what the producer has in mind.

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Bob Hoffnar

Austin, Tx
Post Posted 29 Nov 2016 1:41 pm     Reply with quote

Did you miss understand the producer ? Is the producer not familiar with the internet ?
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werner althaus

lincoln, NE
Post Posted 30 Nov 2016 10:59 pm     Reply with quote

It can't be done on skype because of latency issues, just try to clap in time with someone you're skyping with, it doesn't work, but the idea isn't without merit.
Charly Steinberg, of Steinberg Research, has developed this concept years ago, not sure if it ever caught on, but the idea is to play together via medium-fi streaming in real time and record files locally at hi res to be shared after the fact.
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Rick Schacter

Portland, Or.
Post Posted 1 Dec 2016 6:31 pm     Reply with quote

Skype won't work.
Does the recording need to be done in real time?
If not, get yourself a account and transfer files that way.

Maybe you could use Skype to comunicate your ideas to each other, but playing together while using Skype is a nightmare.
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Godfrey Arthur

Post Posted 22 Jan 2017 6:12 am     Reply with quote

Steinberg makes VST Connect Pro:

You can be on the other side of the planet, so the claim and do video face-to-face with webcams.

I think they've made it easier today for more common internet lines.

Pro Tools had started on something similar "virtual glass" and back then you needed a special internet hookup. Don't think it's had much ground.
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