FarPlay Quick Start

1. Get ready

• Download FarPlay

Download FarPlay for free here. We support Mac, Windows and Linux.

• Open FarPlay

After download, FarPlay should be in your Downloads folder. Open it. Depending on your platform, FarPlay will ask you to grant it access to your microphone. Click yes. On the welcome screen, enter a name so FarPlay can identify you to the other participants.

• Test your audio

Before connecting to anyone else, it's a good idea to test your audio locally. Click New Session, then Enter Session. This will take you to the main FarPlay window.
Start with the simplest case: under Devices, choose your computer's internal mic as the microphone, and your built-in headphone output as the headphones. When you make a sound, you should now see movement in the volume meter under Your Sound at the top of the window (if not, make sure you've granted FarPlay mic permissions). If you're on Windows, click here for extra help.
To test your headphones, move the Monitor slider under the volume meter to the right. You should now hear your own voice in your headphones as you talk. Click Leave Session to return to the FarPlay welcome screen.

2. Connect!

• Create a session, or join an existing one

Now you're ready to connect to someone else. First, make sure that you're connected to Ethernet and that your WiFi is off. If you're creating a session, click New Session, then copy the Session ID so you can share it with the other participant (by email or text, for example). Otherwise, click Join Session and enter the Session ID you've been given. Then, click Enter Session.

• Choose your audio devices

Once you've entered the session, you can choose the audio devices for input and output under Devices. Remember to use headphones, or you may experience feedback.

If you have more than one input channel on your audio device, the Channels dropdown under Your Sound allows you to choose whether to use Mono (one channel), Stereo (two channels) or Mono Mix (two channels mixed down to one). You can even choose specifically which audio channels to use, which is useful, for example, if your mic is plugged into channel 3 of your interface.

• Set your monitoring level

Under Your sound, you'll see a slider labeled Monitor. This allows you to set how much of your own sound you'll hear in your headphones. Some people prefer to rely entirely on the acoustic sound they're producing in the room to hear themselves; if that's your case, you'll want this muted.

Under the other participant's sound level, you'll see a second slider labeled Monitor. Here, you can set the level of the other participant in your headphones.

• Set your latency

Under the other participant's Monitor slider, you'll find the Latency slider. This allows you to choose a compromise between audio quality and latency. If you don't touch it, FarPlay will set it automatically, which should work well for most purposes. If you want to adjust it, the green bar above the slider gives you a suggested range that should work well for your connection.

• Have fun!


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