Have you ever played music during a Zoom video conference and been frustrated about the terrible sound quality? If so, read on and let’s get the problem fixed…
If your music is not being transmitted properly through Zoom, it is likely because Zoom is forcing unwanted effects processing on your sound. The effects are perfect for people speaking, but terrible for musicians.
Bansuri Bliss Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger plays an afternoon raga in Death Valley National Park, California, April 4th, 2021.
Zoom Settings For Playing And Teaching Music
Laptop & Desktop
These instructions should work on most laptops and desktops. Depending on your Zoom version, you may see something different, so be sure to update your Zoom software if needed.
- Click the arrow at bottom left of your screen beside the Mute button
- Choose Audio Settings (bottom choice)
- Under Music and Professional Audio you need to CHECK the “Show In-Meeting Option To Enable Original Sound”
- Stereo Audio should also be checked (unless you have low bandwidth)
- High Fidelity should NOT be checked (though feel free to experiment with it at a later time)
- Echo Cancellation should NOT be checked.
- Now close the settings panel
- At top left of your screen you should now see “Turn on original sound” or “Turn off original sound”
- Do what you need to do so that it displays “TURN OFF ORIGINAL SOUND”
- This is Zoom’s confusing manner of informing you that you are now using original sound, implying their effects processors have been turned off, which is what we want.
- Now play music and enjoy yourself 🙂
Mobile & Tablet
On iOS, click the “More” option. A choice should appear to “Enable Original Sound”. Click that so that the original sound gets enabled.
To confirm everything is correct:
- Exit the settings window
- Click “More”
- You should now see the option to “Disable Original Sound”. Do NOT click it.
- Exit out of the settings area and play music, which should now come through clearly.
- If you don’t see the Enable or Disable Original Sound options in your settings, try updating your app; if the issue persists, it is likely that Zoom simply doesn’t allow you the option, in which case contact Zoom support for assistance.
What to do when you have no internet connection…
Now That Your Zoom Settings Are Correct
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Bansuri Bliss Members Lessons
Twice a week (and sometimes more often) you can join in on a Bansuri Bliss Members Lesson, hosted on Zoom. Learn ragas (melodies) and talas (rhythms), as well as tips and tricks for how to go from frustration to bliss when you play.
Private Bansuri Lessons
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Dr. Kerry Kriger plays Bhimpalasi in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.