If so, then it is very important that you get the audio settings right. In this step-by-step guide you will learn exactly how to put Zoom in Music Mode. Perfectly optimised audio settings for streaming audio. This guide accompanies the video below.
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Zoom in Music Mode – Step-by-Step
Time needed: 10 minutes.
These are the steps you need to follow to optimise the audio settings in Zoom Conference Software
- Install the Zoom Client For Meetings Software (or Mobile App)
If possible, use your desktop computer or laptop and install the Zoom software – available from the download section on zoom.us. Alternatively, or additionally, you can install the Zoom Mobile App on iOS or Android
- Internet Connection
Position yourself as close as possible to your router for best Wi-Fi, or even better, connect to your router with an ethernet cable
- Shut Down Background Apps
Shut down all other apps and disable notifications to avoid distractions. This will also allow Zoom to run as efficiently as possible
- Connect Up Your Microphone/Interface
- Access Zoom Settings
Start up the Zoom Client on your desktop, and then open up the settings by clicking the gear icon.
- Choose Audio
Click on the Audio Tab
- Select the correct Speaker and Microphone
The microphone is the device you will be speaking and playing into, the speaker is where you will hear the sound of your student or collaborator.
- Get Control of Your Volume
Uncheck the ‘Automatically adjust microphone volume’ so that you can control the volume of your microphone.
- Access Advanced Audio Settings
Click the ‘Advanced’ Button to access the additional audio settings.
- Enable Original Sound
Make sure you enable ‘Show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone. This will turn off what Zoom calls ‘enhancements’ such as noise suppression and echo cancellation. These so-called enhancements are good for conference situations where you may have unwanted noise from air conditioning fans, chairs scraping etc, but when you are trying to play music, they make your audio signal chop in and out.
- Disable Background Noise
I also like to disable both the background noise options rather than leave them on Auto.
- Use Computer Audio
When you begin a new meeting choose ‘Join with Computer Audio’
- Check You Are Using Original Sound
You should see a message in top left that says “Turn Off Original Sound”. This actually means that you ARE using your original sound. You can click the down arrow to check which device you are using.
- You Can Check Audio Settings From Within Meeting
At any point during your Meeting you can check out the audio settings by clicking the up arrow next to the mic. You can check which devices you are using, you can test the audio, and you can access the Audio Settings.
- Zoom Mobile App Settings
If you are using a mobile device, Open up the Zoom app, click the Settings gear icon.
- Select Meetings
Select the Meetings … option from the Settings pop-up window
- Scroll Down to ‘Use Original Sound’
Scroll down through the Meeting Settings to the option to “Use Original Sound”, and slide on to activate. The mobile device will then turn off the noise cancellation settings that disrupt audio.
- Tell Your Students/Collaborators
Make sure your students or music collaborators know about the audio set-up in Zoom too!
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Follow the instructions above, and your digital audio stream will be the best it can be. Enjoy.