The physics of network communications just really work against us here, if you are trying to get people to all sing at the same time.
Even a lag of five hundreths of a second, which is pretty good, is just terrible for group singing,
All theses beautiful videos we see of a dozen or more singers singing at the same time is a bit of magic, wherein each has recorded themselves and then it was edited together to be amazing. This blog entry explains it in detail
It might be possible using land lines ... not on speaker mode (which changes it from synchronous to async) ... but then you need some equipment to record it, and a service to have 30 people call a number, and all 30 to have a landline and and ...
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Hi Melinda. I share your frustration. I'm trying to rehearse Into the Woods over Zoom but have had no luck doing group vocal rehearsals. The lag and varied WiFi connections make it impossible. I have had success with solos only by having the actor use their rehearse score app singing with it. My MD tried playing piano and having them sing but same issue! Didn't work. Saturday I'm supposed to do a virtual run through... I think I'm going to make it more of a line /scene rehearsal and skip the music! This is very challenging. Any ideas or suggestions would be welcomed! Hang in there! Uncharted territory for us all.Amy
JAMKAZAM indicates that you CANNOT be on WIFI.
It has Windows and Mac versions, but nothing for a portable device like phones and tablets.
It doesn't look like it supports Chromebooks either.
The setup is indicated in this video from them
Everyone has to find that which they are comfortable with, but having read several news articles from around the world, guidelines for ZOOM use published by USC, and of course the FBI notice, it is my considered opinion that this software is no worse or better than any others. We continue to use it but have (before we even started) followed the guidelines: password protect every meeting, don't enable file sharing, don't enable recording, don't enable screen sharing, and turn off private chat between participants. Only I have an account, none of the students have to have an account, and I actively discourage it.
It's less insidious than Facebook and TikTok and Instagram and Tellonym and ....
Here's two good links