Playing bagpipes on Zoom is not problem and you can get amazing sound with just a few simple tweaks to Zoom's default settings. Be sure to follow this step by step and test your setup to ensure you are ready for prime time.
9 Simple Steps:
First, create a free account by clicking here. Then, download the program as prompted, and once installed proceed with the steps below:
- Open a zoom meeting
- Join with Computer Sound
- In the lower left-hand corner, find the Microphone Icon. Then, click on the up arrow.
- Click on Audio Settings (bottom of the menu)
- UNCHECK "Automatically adjust microphone volume" and drag the slider to the FAR to the left. Set the round ball no more than 1/4 of the way up.
- Next, click on Advanced (towards the bottom right of this window)
- Change to Disable - "Suppress Persistent Background Noise".
- Change to Disable - "Suppress Intermittent Background Noise".
- Echo Cancellation should be on Auto
Ensuring you have great audio:
- Every time you open Zoom to play bagpipes, you should check the top left of the screen. There is a button that will show either "Turn On Original Sound" or "Turn Off Original Sound". You want it to display "Turn OFF Original Sound" (meaning it's on).
- Check that box every time you log on for a Zoom session.
Testing your own Audio:
When you're in your own meeting on your free account, it's easy to sound-check your bagpipes to make sure they sound good.
- Follow all steps above.
- Hit the Record button and record to your computer.
- Play your bagpipes - not too close to the microphone! If at all possible, stand 8-12 feet away while playing.
- Stop the recording and wait for it to process.
- Listen to the recording and make sure it sounds like a lovely bagpipe, without any cutting out, fading, clipping, or general audio issues. Playback should sound nice with your volume around 50 - 75% of max. Where you'd normally listen to music.
- If you experience any issues go back to Step 5 of the 9 Simple Steps and move the slider lower.
A Video Walkthrough:
When in a Dojo U Zoom class - ALWAYS wear headphones. This ensures the best experience!
When playing bagpipes in a zoom classroom - DON'T STAND TOO CLOSE TO YOUR MICROPHONE! Pretend your computer/microphone is a human - where should it sit so it gets the best overall listening experience?