Deja vu, anyone? The same day that plasq has released their solution for sending audio over a network, Wormhole2, the new Tiger-ready version of Jack is out. Unlike Wormhole, Jack is Open Source, though it’s also Mac- (and Linux-) only; no Windows. Mac users, you don’t have to choose between the two: Jack is great for connecting audio apps to one another, not just computers, so you might use Jack for inter-app audio and Wormhole2 for network audio, if, like me, you’ve got a PC around, too. Jack developer Dan Nigrin writes that the new Jack is “compatible with Tiger, including its distributed audio devices feature… and including audio-over-network capabilities as before.” Read more for full specs (and a call for developers!).
“There’s a few additional bug fixes, as well as the ability to now use Tiger’s “Aggregate Audio Devices” – this is helpful if you had a previously incompatible USB Audio device – please see the documentation for details.”
“I’d like to acknowledge the beta testing team that helped us in
testing this version, as well as to recognize the efforts of
StÃƒÂ©phane Letz, who is now essentially single-handedly updating the
Jack OS X code! (If you are a developer willing and able to assist
on future versions, please contact us!).”
Stay tuned as I look at the various network-audio / MIDI solutions available. So far, this is a bit apples-to-oranges: Wormhole has Windows support, Jack does not; Jack does app connections, Wormhole does not; Wormhole looks easier to configure for network audio. You may want both. More soon.