Technology Needs for YWC and Vivo Chorus

Updated November 17, 2020

We’re excited that we will using a new technology for YWC and Vivo Chorus virtual rehearsals very soon. Here are our recommendations regarding technology, devices, and home rehearsal setup in order for Vivo and YWC choristers to benefit from this experience.

Main device for rehearsals:
We will still be using Zoom for part of our rehearsals. If possible, we recommend a laptop or desktop computer (Mac or Windows). Choristers have reported challenges and inconsistencies when using Zoom on phones, tablets, and Chromebooks, so we do not recommend them as a main device.

Internet connection:
We recommend a high-speed internet connection, preferably fiber. (See below for Virtual Studio internet requirements.)

Rehearsal space:
As always, we recommend a quiet room free from distractions where your daughter can sing loudly without disrupting your family. This will be especially important for using our Virtual Studio consoles. During rehearsal, your chorister should either stand, or sit at a table.

Virtual Studio requirements:

We’re working with experts in JackTrip technology www.jacktrip.org  to set up YWCP’s Virtual Studio. This technology improves audio quality and reduces latency so that we can hear each other and sing together in real time.

When using the Virtual Studio device, we will recommend the following:

High-speed internet: Fast internet (preferably a fiber connection) with upload and download speeds of at least 5 Mbps. (Check your internet speed at speedtest.net.)

Wired internet connection: The JackTrip consoles do not have WiFi, and you will need to connect it directly to your modem with a cat.5 or higher ethernet cable. Please measure the distance from your computer to the modem and purchase an ethernet cable online or in a electronics store. Here are a few options of ethernet cables known to work well 5ft Cat6 Ethernet Cable ($2.49 – Sweetwater) and 10ft Cat6 Ethernet Cable ($6.67 – Amazon).

Headphones: The console requires wired (not Bluetooth) headphones with a 3.5 mm jack. We recommend headphones without a built-in microphone. For best results, consider on-ear, open-back headphones, which allow in sound from the room (including your chorister’s voice). Grado SR60e headphones are a relatively high-end example of open-back headphones, Koss Porta Pro are also a great option, but you can find lower-priced ones like the Philips SHP2000. It’s also fine to try less expensive headphones (though they need to be on-ear headphones rather than earbuds).

Microphone stand: We will provide a microphone and table stand.

Questions? Please email us.