Gear checklist for Building Your Own Virtual Studio Device
This guide assumes you want to build your own Virtual studio Device. If you're not sure whether you'd like to buy a pre-built device or build your own, return to Step 0: What is the JackTrip Virtual Studio?
For more information about building your own Virtual Studio device, see "Building Your Own Virtual Studio Device: An In-depth Guide".
1. Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, with 2GB of RAM
You can buy this for $35, from one of the vendors listed on raspberrypi.org.
2. Raspberry Pi Case
3. Power Supply
The Virtual Studio needs power. This part is important to get right, in order for the device to perform well and to avoid damaging any of the internal circuitry. You can't use your phone charger!
You need a USB-C power supply appropriate for your region, which provides 3 amps of current. Some Options:
- Raspberry Pi's official 4B power supply ($8 - PiShop)
- CanaKit's power supply is another good option ($9.99 - Amazon)
- For an extra $1, you can buy CanaKit's power supply with switch ($10.99 - Amazon)
4. Micro SD Card
We sell Micro SD cards pre-loaded with the JackTrip Virtual Studio software, which you can buy from Amazon.
5. USB Audio Interface with compatible Microphone and Headphones
Sabrent Audio Adapter, AKA "External Sound Card"
Presonus USB Interface
Blue Yeti USB Microphone with Headphone Port
There are a ton of USB audio interfaces out there! They range from $10 - $10,000. Some have microphones, some don't. We couldn't possibly test them all.
When choosing a USB audio interface, the most important thing is to make sure it supports using a microphone AND headphones. Some USB microphones, for instance, do not allow plugging in headphones.
Here is a short list of Tested Sound Cards for some ideas about interfaces that have been used with the VS successfully. We'll show a couple of examples of USB interfaces in Step 2.
Whatever audio interface you choose, make sure you know how to plug in your desired microphone and headphones into it!
6. Ethernet cable
The Virtual Studio doesn't work over WiFi. Unfortunately, wifi is just too slow. For this reason, the device doesn't even come with a wifi adapter; you'll need an Ethernet cable instead.
You need a Cat5E or better Ethernet cable. Here are a few options known to work well on Amazon:
- 5ft Cat6 Ethernet Cable ($2.49 - Sweetwater)
- 10ft Cat6 Ethernet Cable ($6.67 - Amazon)
- Cable Matters 10ft Cat6 10-pack ($28.99 - Amazon)
- If you need multiple ethernet cables
- Cat 6 Ethernet Cable 75 ft Flat with Clips ($21.99 - Amazon)
- If you need a LONG ethernet cable to reach your route
- Monoprice sells quality Ethernet cables with a lifetime guarantee in many lengths, for very reasonable prices.
You should now have all the right gear! You're ready for Step 2 (DIY Virtual Studio): Plugging it all in