July 5, 2020

Zoom Audio Tips – For Music Teachers and Fitness Instructors

– We have received a lot of requests to detail a little bit more effectively how to use audio in zoom calls.

For music teachers whoare looking to use zoom and use the audio functions within zoom for music instruction, for yoga for fitness instructors that wanna have music incorporated in their video conferences.

There are a variety of different settings in zoom that we can use that will optimize the audio in zoom for our purposes which arenot just talking face to face and having meetings.

So today we're gonna take a look at optimizing your audio settings in zoom.

On DottoTech.

(chill jazz intro) Steve Dotto here, how the heck you doing this fine day? And we have a whole series of videos that we've been producing on zoom as more people areusing video conferencing from the home in order tokeep their businesses going in this time of changethat we're all experiencing due to the COVID pandemic.

So I wanted to dive in today a little deeper in tozoom's audio settings.

Now, zoom as it's designed, out of the box, is designed as a meeting platform for people to have meetings and to incorporate our face, our voice, and maybe some assets from our computer, such as screen sharingor some video sharing or some presentation sharing, going back and forth.

Or maybe even devicesharing on a whiteboard, that sort of stuff.

But it's designed forbusiness applications, and the spoken word is very important as a part of it.

They recognize that you are going to be speaking in an environmentwhich might have different quality microphones, you might have differentamount of bandwidth available to you goingupstream and downstream, and you also might havedifferent speaker configurations.

Sometimes you'll have headphones in, sometimes you'll have speakers that are broadcasting the audiostraight out into the air.

And each one of those creates a different challengefor a program like zoom.

So what zoom does is they optimize the audio for the spoken word, for voice.

And how they do that is they first of all compress the audio, they make it smaller so that it will upload anddownload more effectively over questionable bandwidth.

Secondly they filter it and they process theaudio to do things like filter out background noise and extraneous noise.

And indeed, even the microphone, even your speakers, the audio coming from your speakers, making sure that doesn'tbleed into the audio that you're sending to zoom creating an echo effect.

So they do all of this audio processing to the audio to optimize it to make it work really well in a zoom meeting.

But that's at odds with itself if you're trying to dothings like music lessons.

Doesn't work well, music teachers will tellyou over and over again it doesn't do well.

So there's a variety of instances where that doesn't work well for us.

Let's show you how tooptimize your audio settings depending on the type of meeting that you're going to be doing.

And we do all of the audio settings here.

We can go into just if we click on the littlecaret next to the mute button the microphone button, you can see there that you have accessto your audio settings.

You could also get to the audio settings from the main menu, going into preferences, that'll bring up thesettings panel as well.

Now these audio settings are the basic audio settings that you use for choosing which speakers you're gonna be listeningto your sound on, which microphone you're gonna use if you have multiple microphones set up.

And a few other options.

Things like, this is really useful to be able to press and hold the spacebar to temporarily mute yourself when you're in a meeting.

All valuable, but thesearen't the audio settings that are gonna make a difference for what we're looking at today.

Those live here under the advanced button.

You can decide here, how much audio processing happens on your audio as far assuppressing background noise, suppressing intermediate background noise, and echo cancellation.

Now for two of these, for the suppressing background noise, you can leave it set to auto, which is the way most of usare going to be using it, it'll filter out that airconditioning noise, et cetera.

You can set it to moderate or aggressive if you're in a more noisy environment.

Or you can disable it completely if you're in a sound proof booth or you're in a studio type environment.

For the echo cancellation, you don't have all of those options.

You can just make it more aggressive if you have a speakerthat's really echoing badly through the microphone, or you can leave it set for the auto.

That's all you have for those settings.

Now you can play with these settings and adjust these settingsto suit you best.

But, if you're a music teacher, this isn't the settingsthat you want to do.

You want to show the in-meeting options to enable original soundfrom your microphone.

Which gives us this option here.

You see that? It says turn on original sound.

What that does is it turns off all of zoom's audio processing, and it allows whateverthe microphone is hearing.

And you can select different microphones just quickly from this popup menu on the side here.

It selects whatever thatmicrophone is hearing and it sends it through.

So if you are a piano teacher and you wanna have the piano and the voice at the same time and you want whateverthe microphone picks up to be sent through, this is the setting that you choose.

You turn on original sound and that will then send uncompressed or unprocessed, excuse me, unprocessed sound through the system.

Whatever your computer'ssound card is producing is what will go throughinto the zoom call.

That's the setting for music teachers.

Now there is anotherside of the audio setup which is what if you're a class instructor and you wanna includemusic in the background? If you're teaching a fitness class and you wanna have songs that are playing along with your workout.

How do you set that up? And for that, we go into the screen sharing option, this is very cool.

You go into the screen sharing option, and into the advanced setting.

Now you wouldn't normally thinkto look into screen sharing to just share audio, but that's where it is.

And here we have theability to share music or computer sound only.

So when you click on this, not much is gonna happen other than you are going to see that you are now sharing computer sound.

That means that whatever you hear through your speakers is gonna be sent through.

So if you have a Spotify account or iTunes or if you have Google Play or Apple Music, you can send, and you canhave a playlist playing while the regularmicrophone is still active and your video is still active.

And so let me just get it playing here.

So what you have to do, what you have to recognize here though and this is a very important fact, is that the audio level that's going out over your speakers will probably seem very loud to the people that areattending your meeting.

You adjust the audio volume, not through your speaker volume, but through the player volume.

Whatever player you're in.

So if you're in Spotify or Apple Music, I've got iTunes up here.

You wanna adjust this audio level down low and then you wanna make sure by talking to the people on the other end, when you first set it up, you wanna make sure that the audio level that's coming through is appropriate, because it's a mix that you have now.

You have your microphone, and you have the audio that'sbeing fed from your computer.

Now that music can also come from YouTube, it can be a YouTube videothat's providing the music.

As I said, a variety of different sources.

Whatever you would normallyhear on your computer speakers is now being shared as a partof the meeting into zoom.

So there you have it, you can now customize allof your audio settings within zoom to a fairly good degree to modify how zoom is used for different specialpurpose type meetings.

Now we have a whole series of videos on using zoom which are listed here, you can see some of them.

There'll be a playlistat the end of this video and it's again mentioned in our show notes if you want to see the rest of our videos on using zoom.

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Until next time, I'm Steve Dotto, have fun storming a castle.


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