The JackTrip Foundation is organized to support the continuing development of two key pieces of core technology that help musicians collaborate remotely:
JackTrip is a software application that enables live performance of music over the Internet by dramatically reducing the audio latency that is common in other online collaboration solutions. It was developed at Stanford University by Professor Chris Chafe’s team in 2000-2007. It was published under an MIT open source license in 2007 (copyrighted by Juan-Pablo Caceres and Chris Chafe at Stanford University) and has since built a large community of many advocates and over a dozen contributors.
JackTrip is unique in that it supports both peer-to-peer (P2P) and client-server deployment models. Synthetic testing has demonstrated that a single JackTrip server can scale to handle up to 500 concurrent performers, which is an order of magnitude larger than the next best solution available. This makes it the only viable solution for larger groups, such as choruses and symphonies.
In an effort to make JackTrip's core technology easier to use for a broad audience, Mike Dickey developed a web application that automates the configuration, deployment and management of the JackTrip software over the Internet. He also built plug-and-play boxes using Raspberry Pi computers with custom images that enable them to be fully managed via the same web application. This hardware and software combination makes it easy for groups of any size to quickly get up and running with JackTrip without requiring deep technology skills.
JackTrip Virtual Studio - Coming Soon!
To fulfill its mission of driving continued innovation in, and widespread usage of, the JackTrip technology, the Foundation will offer a wide array of technology, education, community-building and performance services, such as: