Written by: Sarah Sparks | Troy University Music Industry Major | Muscle Shoals Song Rooms Intern 2020
September 18th, 2020
Since March 2020, the web conferencing platform “Zoom” has become increasingly popular among work, educational, and recreational virtual meetings. Here at the Muscle Shoals Song Rooms, it is our virtual meeting venue of choice, and we use Zoom for our events including Co-Writers Corner, Pitch to Publisher Sessions, and Virtual Open Mic Nights.
However, sound quality is sometimes hindered when performing or listening to music during virtual meetings. But no need to worry! We’ve decided to give some tips on how to access Zoom’s Music Mode and allow a more quality experience while attending our events, even if you are only working with your devices built in microphone and speakers!
Download Zoom Client for Meetings
Do this on your desktop or laptop by visiting zoom.us/download#client_4meeting. You’ll want to position your computer as close to your wireless router as possible or connect directly with an ethernet cable in order to get the best internet connection possible. It’s also a good idea to go ahead and shut down any open applications before your meeting.
Access Zoom Settings
Once you open the Zoom Client for Meetings app, click on the gear icon on the homepage to open your default settings.
Unselect Automatic Volume Adjustment
In the left bar of your settings, select Audio. Then, find and uncheck the box next to “Automatically adjust microphone volume”. You’ll also want to click the drop-down box next to “Suppress background noise” and select “Low”.
Select Enable Original Sound
Under Advanced Settings, check the box next to “Show in-meeting option to ‘Enable Original Sound’ from microphone”. Then, check the boxes next to “Disable echo cancellation” and “High fidelity music mode”.
Accessing from a cell phone? No problem! You can still use Original Sound to turn off Zoom’s audio enhancements. Just click the Settings icon, select Meetings, scroll down and select Use Original Sound. That’s it!
I hope that you find these tips helpful in reducing sound cut-outs and interruptions while attending and performing in our events. Happy writing!