If you are taking online lessons using Zoom, the following settings will help your flute playing sound better so that I can give you better guidance.
Use the App
- Use the Zoom app rather than the website. You can create a free account, and the app allows you to update settings that are not available in the web browser.
- Sign in to your Zoom account in the Zoom app.
- On the Zoom home screen, click the Settings button.
Update Audio Settings
- On the Settings page, select Audio in the left column.
- In the Microphone section, do the following:
- Check the Automatically adjust volume box – this allows the microphone to adjust between your voice and flute.
- Use the Test Mic button and play your flute instead of talking. Adjust the volume so that the Input Level is as high as possible but still sounds good without distortion.
Update Advanced Audio Settings
Update: Starting with Zoom 5.2.2, there is a new advanced setting designed for music. See the Update Zoom section for instructions on how to update to the latest version.
- Click the Advanced button at the bottom right corner.
- Click the Show in-meeting option to enable “Original Sound” checkbox.
- Once this is selected, when you join the Zoom meeting for your lesson there will be a drop down at the top left corner of your Zoom meeting. It should say “Turn off original sound” (meaning that you have original sound turned on).
- Check the High fidelity music mode box (this is the new Zoom update).
- I also uncheck the Echo cancellation box – you should only do that if you use a high quality microphone and headphones.
These settings will make your microphone very sensitive, but they remove the build in settings that specialize Zoom for our speaking voices and allow Zoom to better transmit the sound of an instrument.
Zoom puts out updates that improves sound quality. To update your Zoom application:
- Launch the Zoom app
- Click your profile icon (your picture at the top right corner)
- Select Check for Updates from the menu