Elk Announces Mac OS Version Of Its Real-time Collaboration Tool For Musicians

Elk has launched a native app version of Elk LIVE for Mac OS desktop, an application that lets musicians jam over the Internet, with ultra-low latency.


  • Up to 5 Player Sessions: Elk LIVE lets you connect up to five people and play like you are in the same room.
  • Mixer: The onboard mixer gives you total control of Elk LIVE and lets you send two channels of audio and receive the same from each player.
  • Video Chat: Visually connect with each other to see important queues and communicate with your bandmates. Elk LIVE uses the camera and microphone on your computer for chatting – much like a Zoom call – so as not to interfere with the real-time live audio from your jam session.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“With Elk LIVE, musicians can come together in its online virtual studio for real-time remote jamming, rehearsing, and collaborating ideas for songwriting – in perfect sync and with high fidelity, studio-quality audio as if they were in the same room. The new Elk LIVE native app for Mac OS is also ideal for delivering live online music lessons; now that Elk LIVE is available as a software-only download, students can easily download the software and connect with their teachers online for a low-latency, real-time lesson.”

The Elk LIVE native app for Mac OS is available now as a free download at https://www.elk.live/. There are no restrictions and anyone with a Mac OS system can download the software, create an account with no financial credentials required, and begin jamming online immediately.

Pricing and Availability

Elk LIVE for Mac OS is available now as a free download. The service is currently in beta and is free. Details on pricing are to be announced.

4 thoughts on “Elk Announces Mac OS Version Of Its Real-time Collaboration Tool For Musicians

  1. Since the FSOL’s ISDN album, I’ve always wondered about latency in these apps. I had a frame relay link once, it could still pretty laggy at times.

  2. They declare “15-20ms of latency over 1000km (621 miles) on a fiber connection”.
    Can’t find the specs about codec used

    1. thx Max! that latency would be great for many types of music. even my weird plucky funk tango stuff, …as if anyone else would like to play it *with* me :0)

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