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APB’s David Pogue Explains How to Make Your Virtual Jam Session Sound—and Look—Good

06 Jul 2020

APB’s David Pogue Explains How to Make Your Virtual Jam Session Sound—and Look—Good

By now you have seen those videos of musicians in their living rooms appearing in a grid, Zoom style, singing together in perfect sync. CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and New York Times bestselling author David Pogue explains how it’s done. 

Pogue shares with Wired the different steps to take for everyone to be in sync. The first is to prepare the guide track for each person to follow. After that, you can collect the videos, edit the audio and then edit the video before placing it on the grid. As for the future of virtual musicals, “You have to really want it,” says Mary-Mitchell Campbell. Creating her online Sondheim concert, she says, “was like being dragged by a train and being struck by lightning at the same time.”

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When the world began staying at home, it became immediately apparent how this pandemic would be different from the 1918 flu pandemic: this time, we have the Internet. Video chat apps like Zoom make possible virtual versions of every conceivable gathering: meetings, school classes, music and theater performances, religious services, exercise classes, game nights, and even weddings. In his presentations, David Pogue takes us on a deep dive into these changes and offers insights with clarity and humor.  

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