Elk has announced it has launched a native app version of its software which connects musicians online for live, real-time jamming over the Internet with ultra-low latency.

Elk LIVE for the Mac OS desktop requires nothing more than a standard audio interface and an internet connection.

With Elk LIVE, musicians can come together in its online virtual studio for real-time remote jamming, rehearsing, and collaborating ideas for songwriting – in perfect sync and with high fidelity, studio-quality audio as if they were in the same room.

The new Elk LIVE native app for Mac OS is also ideal for delivering live online music lessons; now that Elk LIVE is available as a software-only download, students can easily download the software and connect with their teachers online for a low-latency, real-time lesson.

Elk LIVE features

  • Up to 5 Player Sessions: Elk LIVE lets you connect up to five people and play like you are in the same room.
  • Mixer: The onboard mixer gives you total control of Elk LIVE and lets you send two channels of audio and receive the same from each player.
  • Video Chat: Visually connect with each other to see important queues and communicate with your bandmates. Elk LIVE uses the camera and microphone on your computer for chatting – much like a Zoom call – so as not to interfere with the real-time live audio from your jam session.

Elk will offer Elk LIVE for Mac OS for free during an initial launch period, after which a freemium model will be adopted. Details of the new pricing models will be announced at that time. An Elk LIVE for Windows native app is in development and will be released soon.

For those musicians who want the Elk LIVE experience, but prefer a dedicated hardware solution or who do not own a Mac OS device, Elk will continue to offer the Elk Bridge. The Elk Bridge is an industry-first hardware device that connects to the Internet via a standard router and features onboard A/D and D/A converters for outstanding high-fidelity studio-quality audio.

The Bridge effectively functions like a standard class-compliant USB audio interface, making it the perfect tool for both online and offline musical projects. USB-C out enables musicians to record directly from the Bridge into their favorite DAW The Elk LIVE Bridge also lets them access Elk LIVE via a web browser, and works with any computer, and on multiple platforms (Mac OS, Windows, iOS, Android).

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