If you're completely new to JamSpace then this introduction will give you the basics to get you started. The following will assume that you have a basic familiarity with the recording process but does not required advanced knowledge or familiarity with any particular audio software.
Membership types (who gets to do what)
Jamspace has three leves of membership, each higher level adds additional features. The levels from lowest to highest follow.
This is the lowest level of membership and is available to everyone. As a guest user you are welcome to use the Jamspace Studio in its test mode. In test mode the studio functionality is rather limited, it's primary purpose is to test the capability of your device's audio (record and playback).
As a studio guest:
- Record multiple tracks but record time is limited to short snippets.
- Open any existing project and edit, mix or rearrange it, though you won't be able to save any changes.
- Export an audio file as a souvenir.
- Cannot create multiple scenes.
- Cannot upload audio or MIDI files or create synthesized tracks.
Again, the main idea here is to see how your device and browser work with Jamspace. If all goes well then you'll probably want to sign up for a free account or better yet become a subscriber to enjoy the full benefits of Jamspace.
After signing up for a free Jamspace account you can use extra features. As a registered user you can do everything a guest user can do plus
- Record audio tracks direct from your browser. Record time is limited to about three minutes per track.
- Create synthesized tracks based on the General MIDI specification.
- Import audio and MIDI files into your project.
- Start fresh or combine all of this with one or more existing projects.
This is the full demo version of Jamspace. All of the studio features are available except that projects cannot be stored. As with guest users, you may save a snapshot of the project as an audio (MP3, Ogg/Vorbis or FLAC) file.
As a Jamspace Subscriber you have all of the above privileges and more. You can save your projects so that you can come back to them later, or from another computer. You may also create bands and add band members.
The really cool thing about JamSpace is that it is designed to work with a typical computer, tablet or smartphone using only resources that you almost certainly already have. As such the requirements are very easy to meet.
Absolute gotta haves
These are the bare minimum requirements to use JamSpace.
- Some kind of computing device. It can be a desktop computer, a tablet, smartphone, any device that can connect to the Internet and has the ability to produce sound. The ability to record sound is a plus but you can still mix and arrange songs without having the ability to record. Chances are very good that whatever device you're reading this page on will be capable of using JamSpace
- Up-to-date web browser. Your web browser must support HTML5 and the Web Audio API. If you don't know what this means don't worry. If your browser is up to date then it probably meets these requirements. Some of the Web Audio features are still being ironed out, and there will be differences in how well they work with JamSpace. Our browser compatibility guide will go into greater detail.
- Internet connection. The browser is just your interface to JamSpace, the real work is done by our server so you must be online in order to use JamSpace. A fast connection is preferable but JamSpace can adapt to slower connections without sacrificing features or audio quality. For more information about connection speeds see the network topic.
Nice to have
The above minimum requirements are likely to be met by almost any current computer, tablet or smartphone. There are also a few common items that can improve your JamSpace experience.
- Audio recording interface. Most devices come equipped with the ability to reproduce and record sound. The sound quality will vary but will generally be good enough to make a quality recording. For better quality or more control over the recording process an external sound device such as a USB microphone or audio interface can be had fairly inexpensively. More information about recording hardware and techniques can be found under the recording information topic.
- Audio files. JamSpace will allow you to upload audio files in many common formats such as MP3, Ogg/Vorbis, WMA and FLAC. Uploading an audio file is a great way to get started and is also a fun way to learn to play a song by looping and playing along.
- MIDI files. JamSpace will allow you to upload standard MIDI files, these are usually files that end with a .mid extensions. This is a great way to import a drum track, bass line or other foundation to get your project started