Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I play Wave?

The beta version of Wave is available on Steam and Oculus!

What equipment do I need to play Wave?

You'll need a supported virtual reality headset and a computer with the following minimum specifications:

  • OS: Windows 10

  • Processor: 3GHz Multicore

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD R9 290

  • Storage: 17 GB available space

What are the supported headsets?

We currently offer full support for the following headsets:

  • HTC Vive

  • Oculus Rift

We currently have experimental compatibility with the following headsets:

  • Windows Mixed Reality headset family

Any unlisted PC-based headsets are unsupported and may not be able to deliver our designed experience.

How do I stream my own music in Wave?

In VR, just tap the Stream PC Audio button, and ensure that you have read and agree to Wave’s Terms of Service. You can now stream your own music and audio; however, please ensure that the content is in fact yours to transmit and that you follow all applicable laws. You are responsible for whatever you transmit while using Wave. If you are found to be in violation of our policy, Wave may take action including banning you from the Wave. This policy is fully described in our Terms of Service.

Can I stream my own music without VR?

Currently, you must have VR to use this feature. Desktop support is coming soon!

What is the Resident DJ Program? How is it different than streaming personal music?

Resident DJs must adhere to a strict set of guidelines in order to participate in the Resident DJ Program. They also have access to advanced DJ tools that allow them to play custom music using the VR DJ decks, as opposed to simply streaming audio from Windows or an external source.

If you would like to apply to be a Resident DJ, please see this page [[LINK]]. Before applying, it is recommended that you show the community what you can do by hosting your own Waves, making your own scenes, and using the music features available to all users.

How does personal music streaming work?

When streaming is turned on, all DJ controls are disabled, and whatever audio is playing on your Windows PC will be transmitted directly to other users in your Wave. In other words, if you can hear it in your headphones, so can they!

Note this includes notification beeps, Skype calls, etc., so close or mute anything that may generate unwanted noise!

Because this would also include incoming voice chat within Wave, other users’ voices are muted as long as you have streaming enabled.

How can I talk to the people in my Wave while I’m streaming?

If you want to talk, (or sing, or rap!) directly to attendees at your Wave, grab the DJ mic and hold the trigger on your controller to transmit your PC microphone audio along with your Windows audio.

How do I stream from an external source / line-in, such as CDJs, mixing board, mic’d guitar amp, etc.?

As long as the line-in audio from your external source is playing via Windows, it will be transmitted to other users in your Wave. This means you need to use audio software to enable live monitoring for your external source.

Many programs exist that can do this, but Audacity and VLC Media Player are open source and free!

Why is my Audio delayed before sending to other users?

In order to ensure that your attendees see and hear your actions and audio input in correct alignment, your input (including audio, VJ inputs, and avatar movements) is buffered by about 3 seconds to compensate for Internet latency.

Help! I hear audio in my headphones, but no one else is receiving it!

  • Ensure that your guests have their Music volume slider (in the settings menu) turned up.

  • Ensure your Windows audio is playing at an audible volume, and/or try turning up the volume on your PC.

  • If you are using an Oculus Rift headset, ensure that you are using the built-in headphones for audio. This is a limitation of the current system that we plan to correct in a future update!

Why can't I chat with other users?

Make sure your Windows sound settings are set up correctly. Your default playback device should be the VR device's headphones (or the speakers you intend to use), and the default recording device should be the VR device's microphone.

Right click the speaker icon in your system tray to access the Windows sound settings.

When is the next show?

Launch Wave and go to the The Expanse to see when the next show is (or if there's a show currently happening!) Or follow us on Twitter @TheWaveXR for the latest updates.