How to fix audio recording quality problems

Last update on Dec. 24, 2015.

There are several common audio quality problems that are easy to fall into if it's your first time recording your instrument on your computer.  This post explains how to identify problems and fix them so your audio recordings are good quality.

When using jammr to jam together online it's important to have good quality audio without background noise that can distract other musicians.  Luckily the sources of poor audio quality fall into a few common causes that can be easily diagnosed.

Noisy single-coil guitar pickups

Single-coil guitar pickups such as those found in Stratocaster guitars can be susceptible ...

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Announcing jammr premium

Last update on Jan. 28, 2015.

We're excited to announce that jammr is leaving beta and launching premium accounts soon.

We are introducing jammr premium accounts for musicians that need more online
jamming features.

Subscribe to jammr premium for $9.95 or €9.99 or £7.99 per month to get full
access to:
1. Private jam sessions (your own invite-only jams)
2. Download individual instrument tracks for remixing recorded jams
3. Support jammr's mission to help musicians jam together online

Or you can stay on the free account which allows you to play public jams with
musicians around the world.

If you have ...

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Weekly soundclips (and how we make them)

Last update on Jan. 6, 2015.

Each week there are official community jam sessions on Friday & Saturday at 19:00 UTC.  We have a blast bringing together jammr users and playing online.  Of course you can jam any time you want on jammr, but the weekly jam sessions are a great way for both beginners and regular jammr users to play meaningful jam sessions with musicians from around the world.

Listen to soundclips from the weekly jam

After the weekly jam session we post soundclips with the highlights from hours of jamming.  You can watch the full playlist or subscribe to our YouTube Channel here.

How ...

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Website update: See if people are online to jam with

Last update on Aug. 7, 2014.

Just a small update for those of you looking for people to jam with.  The website landing page at http://jammr.net/ now displays the number of users jamming so you can check if anyone is online to play with:

Landing page shows number of users online

Look at the top right corner of the landing page.  If no users are online then no message is displayed.  You don't need to be logged in to see the message.

Remember that you can announce jam sessions in the Jam Sessions sub-forum.  Announce 1 or 2 days in advance so that people have a chance to read your ...

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How to fill virtual space in jam sessions

Last update on May 4, 2014.

Both in recorded music and live jam sessions there is a concept of "space".  The space can be virtual like when you are jamming together online using jammr or because tracks were recorded separately in a studio.  The final mix sounds best when each instrument is placed somewhere in the space.  If all instruments are playing on top of each other it's hard to tell them apart.

So how does this idea help make jam sessions better?  It sounds best when each instrument takes up the right amount of space.  If a jam is too crowded then the result ...

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Private jam sessions: how to jam with just your friends

Last update on Jan. 8, 2014.

jammr lets musicians jam together online.  This means no more dragging around music gear, renting practice rooms, etc.  It means less hassle and more playing.

By default jam sessions are public so anyone can join.  You can jam with people from all over the world.  This is a really fun way to broaden not just your musical horizons but find buddies to jam with around the clock.

But what do you do when you'd like to get the band together or play with just a select group of people?

jammr's private jams are jam sessions that only people ...

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Announcing recorded jams

Last update on Aug. 4, 2013.

We just launched a great new feature called recorded jams.  jammr now records jam sessions so you can listen to them afterwards.

Try it with the weekly jam session here.

You can listen to and share jam sessions with your friends.  You can even download jams to your phone or tablet so you can listen to them on the go.

jammr saves recorded jams and notifies you by email when your jam session is available for listening.

You can play back your jams right here in your web browser or download them to your computer or mobile device.  It's ...

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Why every musician should learn to jam

Last update on July 28, 2013.

Even the greatest song gets boring if you listen to it on repeat.  As you become familiar with all the details some of the magic disappears.  The same is true for practicing a musical instrument.

Many people primarily play sheet music or play along with their favorite songs.  Eventually this gets boring, like listening to the same song on repeat for too long.  There is no spontaneity and it is at this stage where people lose interest in playing an instrument.

There is a solution to getting stuck playing the same music over and over - it's called improvisation.  Learning ...

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5 best free VST plugins to spice up your sound

Last update on Jan. 11, 2016.

What is a VST plugin?

VST plugins are audio effects or software instruments that can be used when jamming with other musicians over the internet using jammr.  They are like little apps that change your sound!

They are especially useful if you want to enhance the sound of an accoustic instrument or vocals, for example, by adding a reverb to give the feel of a concert hall.  What's best is that many companies sell high-quality VST plugins and there is a rich choice of free ones too.

In this post I will share some of the best free VST ...

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Overcoming fear of wrong notes when jamming

Last update on July 6, 2013.

Learning to play songs does not prepare you for improvisation.  Although you know how to play chord progressions, beats, or solos, you haven't learned how to find notes that fit onto new music.  The result is that you may feel paralyzed by fear of wrong notes.

In this blog post I will explain how to overcome fear of wrong notes.  This will help you jam more fluently and unlock the skill of playing on the spot.

Disable "Send" when experimenting

Before you've got your bearings in a jam it may be necessary to experiment.  This will allow you ...

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