While online music collaboration is becoming a trend, working remotely in real-time is still challenging. Luckily, Sessionwire, the tool we will review in this article, addresses several obstacles artists and engineers face when working remotely.
Without further ado, let us find out what this tool is about, how it works, and how it helps music professionals in the age of online projects and remote collaboration.
What Is Sessionwire?
In a nutshell, Sessionwire is an online music collaboration tool that provides real-time audio communication, file transfer, and screen sharing.
How Does Sessionwire Work?
The app runs simultaneously, in parallel to the DAW of each user, handling video and audio comms, file sharing, and contacts.
An artist (paid) account can drop files, such as a stereo cue mix-minus vocals, to a creator (free) account for the latter to import into their DAW session to record into. The resulting overdubs can then be dropped back to the artist so they can import them back into their session.
The tool uses peer-to-peer networking to minimize latency between participants. On the other hand, transferring files is as simple as dragging and dropping assets directly onto the recipient’s window.
Source and destination audio hardware is selectable for each and can be used with or without the Sessionwire plugins in a DAW. In other words, Sessionwire can be used standalone at one or both ends for mix reviews or other simple tasks.
An auto-muting Talkback feature is available and can be engaged in either the standalone app or from within a DAW via the Sessionwire plugin.
Not to mention that Sessionwire can also generate URLs for a session, allowing remote users to participate via a web browser without using the application.
Should You Consider Seassionwire?
Although you can use a combination of free software such as Zoom and Dropbox or video chats and file transfer, Sessionwire wraps these features into a seamless and secure experience.
Through its encrypted peer-to-peer connections and ability to provide high-quality, real-time audio for virtually any recording session activity, Sessionwire makes online music projects feel smooth and enjoyable.
Sessionwire offers three types of accounts, including a free creator account that is perfect for testing and collaborators’ access. The free account gives you access to some of Sessionwire features, such as encrypted audio and video communications, encrypted drag and drop file transfer, a full-featured public personalized profile, and tag-based member search.
You can sign up for an artist account for $15 a month or $150 paid annually. This account offers a dedicated two-way, live HQ audio streaming, the Sessionwire plugin suite, studio-style talkback with auto-mute, browser-based listening sessions, high-resolution screen sharing, and live one-on-one tech support.
Alternatively, a $7 session pass that gives you 72-hour access is also available for those who do not collaborate remotely on a regular basis but still can benefit from Sessionwire occasionally.
Sessionwire aims to offer solutions to the problems that musicians face when collaborating on online projects. With its encrypted, drag-and-drop file transfer system and its hi-res screen sharing, this tool makes remote collaboration to create music much like making a Facetime call.
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