I'm a music teacher and am currently teaching two students over Skype each week. One is a few hundred miles away - I'm near NYC - and the other about 7,000 miles away.
For both students, I have problems using my iPad2 and playing duets with my students. It sounds as if Skype works much like a speaker phone that decides which is louder and only lets that sound go through. I cannot hear my student if I play at all loudly.
I'd like to know if this is a limitation of Skype on the iPad2, Skype in all circumstances and on all computers, something that could be fixed by, e.g., using the Camera Connection Kit for the iPad2 and a separate mic, using headphones instead of the built-in speaker - or what. I confess to having no idea where and how to start trying to solve this problem.
Thanks very much.
May I ask whether you resolved this? I'd like to try something similar musically, but all indications from my Skype expereience are that the louder sound takes over, as you say.
02-04-2013 22:05 - last edited on 03-04-2013 04:12 by Mike
hello, I am a music teacher as well. I came on looking for an answer to this very question. Could you email me at xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx if you have any answers? By the way, what instrument do you teach and where are you? I am a cellist out of NYC. All the best, peter lewy
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This topic is of great interest to me as well. I've tried playing duets with a bassoonist friend who lives in Oregon, and she cuts out when ever I start playing. I'd love an answer to this one.
Using headphones instead of iPads small speaker would be the best solution.
If answer was helpful please give Kudos and if issue is resolved mark it with solution for other users. Thanks!
I have the same problem trying to play guitar duets and teach guitar over skype. Only one person can be heard at a time. We tried adding a plug-in mic at either or both ends, thinking the different circuitry might avoid a conflict. Didn't work. Tried various combinations of earphones and mics to no avail.
We also noticed a time delay that would be significant enough to cause problems for a duet even if the sound blocking problem was fixed.
I suppose the sound blocking could be intended by the programmers to stop feedback, since sound from computer A comes out of speakers on computer B and could be picked up by computer B's microphone and sent back to computer A's speaker, which would be picked up by A's mic and rebroadcast ad infinitum. Seems like clever programmers could fix that, though, if both ends used earphones rather than speakers.
The time delay might be inherent in the distance the signals have to travel. They can't really be totally in synch, but the delay might be minimized enough to be unnoticeable with enough bandwidth.
I hope Skype can fix this -- or at least address it in their FAQs