Click on the link to the left and set up Jam Kazam and play guitar live online with others. Try the free version of Jam Kazam and see if you like it, or sign up for a minimal monthly cost of $4.99 per month. Play guitar live online anytime with anyone who is connected as well. Want to play along with me, send me an email, we’ll set up a playlist and time to play. The ability to play guitar live online with others makes it much more fun and will help you grow as a musician.

What Gear Do I Need to Play Guitar on JamKazam?

Equipment may vary but each musician needs the following gear to play on Jamkazam.

Jamkazam will help you connect your instrument to your computer so that you can play guitar live online. Here is the required equipment you will need to connect and start jamming with others.

Computer

To use JamKazam to play guitar live online you will need a computer. The JamKazam application does not run on Chromebooks, Linux, iOS, or Android devices so you will need a computer running with Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

Personally, I prefer Macs, but if you are a Windows person you will have fun too.

Audio Interface

You will need an audio interface to connect your guitar to your computer because the audio interface digitizes the audio from your instrument and/or vocals into a format that your computer can process. A decent audio interface is your most important purchase decision and a must to have if you want to play guitar live online with other musicians. Make sure you choose an interface with enough ports for your voice and instruments. You will need at least two jacks, one for your microphone and one for your instrument.

Here are a few recommendations based on their performance with Jamkazam.

Audio Interface Name

Device Latency

Price

Features Description

Motu 2 2×2 USB-C Audio Interface

3 to 4 ms Amazon
  • 2-in/2-out USB-C Audio Interface with 2 Microphone Preamps
  • 6+GB of Free Content – Mac/PC/iOS
  • Hardware Monitoring
  • LCD Screen
  • Loopback

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB-C Audio Interface

5 ms

Amazon

$169

  • Two of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable air Mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound. Two high-headroom instrument inputs to plug in your guitar or bass.
  • Two balanced line inputs, suitable for connecting line-level sources.
  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/ 192kHz.

Presonus  Studio  24c USB Audio Interface

7ms

Amazon

$160

  • 2 pristine award-winning XMAX-L solid-state mic preamps to capture every detail and make getting a great sound a breeze
  • 2 high-headroom instrument/line inputs to record guitar, bass, and your favorite line-level devices
  • DAW Recording Software – Studio One Artist and Ableton Live Lite
  • Over $1,000 of computer recording software and plug-ins – Studio Magic Software Suite
  • Studio-grade converters for 24-bit/192 kHz recording and playback.

Steinberg UR22C 2×2 USB 3.0 Audio Interface

7ms

Amazon

$189

  • Industry-leading converters providing up to 32-bit/192 kHz audio resolution
  • Super speed USB 3. 1 Gen 1 with USB-C for fast and reliable connectivity to Mac, PC, and iOS devices
  • Class-a D-PRE mic preamps to capture all the subtleties and expressiveness of any audio source
  • Dspmixfx application for zero-latency monitoring with effects for every DAW
  • Compatible with all major audio software, supports: ASIO, core audio, or WDM

Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD, 2 Channel

10ms

Amazon

$118

  • 2×2 USB 2.0 audio interface for recording microphones and instruments
  • Audiophile 24-Bit/192 kHz resolution for professional audio quality
  • Compatible with popular recording software including Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, etc.
  • Streams 2 inputs / 2 outputs with ultra-low latency to your computer, supporting Mac OS X and Windows XP or higher
  • 2 state-of-the-art, MIDAS designed Mic Preamplifiers with +48 V phantom power

Headphones

JamKazam recommends using headphones for your sessions so you can hear yourself and everyone else in the session. The headphones get plugged into your audio interface, using a full-sized 1/4″ headphone jack. If you don’t have a pair of headphones with the larger 1/4″ headphone jack, you’ll need to get a pair of these. However, you can get an adapter for the jack and that will work. You will also want to consider the length of the cord that connects to your headphones.

I recommend Studio Monitor headphones. I also recommend wired rather than wireless to avoid any latency. Here are some I like.

Headphone Brand Price Features
Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

Amazon

$149

  • Critically acclaimed sonic performance praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers
  • Proprietary 45-millimeter large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range with deep accurate bass response
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • 90 degree swiveling earcups for easy one-ear monitoring and professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort
     

Ethernet Port And Cable

It is strongly advised that you need to connect your computer to your home router using an Ethernet cable. The reason why is that it gives you a wired connection from your computer to your home Internet service. A wired connection will perform very well and very reliably, while a WiFi/wireless connection will create major latency problems in your sessions.

First, you need an Ethernet cable. You plug one end of the Ethernet cable into one of the ports on your home router. Second, you plug the other end of the cable into an Ethernet port on your computer. You can buy 100-foot Ethernet cables for about $10 to run from your router to other rooms in your house.

Some computers don’t have a built-in Ethernet port, therefore, you’ll need to buy an Ethernet adapter. These typically cost about $20.

Ethernet adapters

Ethernet cables

Broadband Internet Service

You need to have access to broadband Internet service at home. Typical cable broadband and fiber broadband that is available to most households work fine.

Different Bandwidths:

  • In a session with just 2 musicians, while using both audio and video, you’ll need about 1Mbps both down and up.
  • To play in a session with 5 musicians using just audio, you’ll need about 1Mbps both down and up.
  • For a session with 5 musicians using both audio and video, you’ll need about 3Mbps both down and up.

Also, it’s important to understand that more bandwidth does not mean lower latency. These two things have nothing to do with each other. Bandwidth can affect the quality of the audio and video in your session if you have very little bandwidth. But buying a ton of bandwidth won’t lower latency in your sessions.

Microphone With XLR Cable And Mic Stand

Those who are playing an acoustic instrument like a violin, trumpet, or acoustic guitar, will need a microphone to capture the sound of your instrument in order to play guitar online live with others. If you sing, you will definitely need a microphone to capture the sound of your vocals. In addition, a mic stand will also be a great thing to have so that you can rest the mic safely on a stand.

You will also use a mic for talking with other musicians in your session, or you can use the mic built into your computer to chat with others in sessions.

If you play a larger instrument like a piano or an acoustic drum kit, you will need two microphones – one for the instrument and one for your voice to talk with others in sessions – because you can’t effectively use the mic built into your computer for chatting with these types of instruments. Therefore, get at least one good microphone.

 

Webcam

You can use the webcam that is built into your computer, or you can use an external webcam.

In conclusion, this gives you all the basics of what you’ll need. For more in-depth explanations of gear based on different instruments, you can refer to Jamkazams gear requirements by instrument help docs.

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