FarPlay Quick Start

1. Download FarPlay

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

2. Open FarPlay

After download, FarPlay should be in your Downloads folder. Open it, and on the welcome screen, enter a name so FarPlay can identify you to the other participants.

3. Create a session, or join an existing one

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.

4. Choose your audio devices

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

By default, FarPlay uses channel 1 on your interface if you're sending mono, and channels 1-2 if you're using stereo. If you have a multichannel interface, you can change this to other input channels in the FarPlay Preferences, which you'll find under "FarPlay" in the menu.

5. 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.

Below this, under the other participant's sound level, you'll see another slider labeled Monitor. Here, you can set the level of the other participant in your headphones.

6. Set your buffer

The Buffer slider allows you to set the maximum amount of buffering used by FarPlay. Set it too low, and you'll hear artifacts in the sound. Set it too high, and you may end up with too much latency. The green bar above the slider gives you a suggested range that should work well given your connection. We suggest starting by moving the slider all the way to the left, then gradually moving it to the right until the sound from your session partner is clear. If you want to achieve the lowest latency possible, you may even want to go a little lower, so that their sound has artifacts but is still clear enough to hear what they're doing.

7. That's it!

Have fun.


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