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Zoom Audio Settings

Maximizing Zoom audio settings:

1. Update to the latest version of Zoom. Versions before 5.3.0 do not have high fidelity audio options"

2. Start or join a new meeting.

3. Click on "up arrow" next to "Mute" (bottom left of screen). Select  "Audio Settings" (bottom option).

4. On the audio setting page; Near the top, under Speaker section-adjust output volume nearer the highest level. 

5. About halfway down the page in “Microphone” section- uncheck the "Automatically adjust microphone volume" option. (Just above that checkbox is an Input Volume adjuster that can be used if the signal is distorting or is too soft.) Selecting this means you must monitor the LED level lights and set your own input signal level. This also depends on what types of microphones you are using. I find setting the input level at about 20% usually works with external mics and even some onboard laptop mics.

6. Just under that, for "Suppress background noise," select "Low.

7. Just under that, in Music and Professional Audio section, check all boxes:

     –Check - Show in-meeting opall the boxes.

     –Check  - "High fidelity music mode”

     –Check -  Echo Cancellation

     –Check - Stereo Audio" 

8. Go to bottom of page and select “Advanced”, select “Auto” option in the "Echo Cancellation" box 

9. Go to the meeting window, and click on "Turn on Original Sound" (after clicking on it, it will then read "Turn off Original Sound"); you may have reset this at the beginning of each new meeting session. Or try clicking the arrow next to "Turn off Original Sound" and place a checkmark in the drop-down menu next to the name of the microphone you will be using. 

10. If you have a USB microphone, try it, as the sound quality will likely be better than the built-in laptop microphone.

11. Use of high quality speakers or headphones is advised. 

12. Avoid bluetooth (wireless) headphones or microphones as these introduce latency (delay) in the audio signal

13. Use a webcam whenever possible.

14. Place your room lighting source behind the camera so as to not white-out your image.

15. Frame your image so I can see all of you and your instrument from the playing surface upwards.

 

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