Every individual’s sound needs and setup will be very different, and the input methods/interface will also vary slightly between streaming services, so it’s important to get familiar with your own equipment and run a sound test before putting on your first online show!

The Audio section of this tutorial outlines a few potential setup options. If you’re unsure of what audio solutions would work best for you, we’d recommend reaching out directly to an audio engineer or sound person - StreamTuneUp.com is our preferred option, but really any professional will do! Please note that Side Door does not offer tech setup consultations.

A few important things to take care of if you’re using Zoom for your show:

(the following material is also found in the Appendix of the above tutorial)

Original Sound

“Original Sound” is crucial in order to produce a high fidelity audio experience for your audience. By default, Zoom uses audio processing to eliminate echo and feedback during meetings. In a musical setting, these are not helpful, and can potentially ruin the show.

  1. Log in at https://zoom.us/

  2. Navigate to My Account

  3. Navigate to Personal / Settings

  4. Navigate to “In Meeting (Advanced)”

  5. Ensure “Allow users to select original sound in their client settings” is enabled

Once “Original Sound” has been enabled in your account settings and in-app @ Advanced Audio Settings (more below), you’ll see the option at the top left of every meeting window.

  1. Click “Turn on Original Sound”

  2. Button should now read “Turn off Original Sound” - This means Original Sound is currently ON

  3. Click the arrowhead to the right of the button

  4. Select your audio input to be set to “Original Sound” by default

Optimize Audio Settings

The audio settings for your show are set within the Zoom Application itself, rather than within your account settings.

  1. Download Zoom Application at https://zoom.us/download

  2. Navigate to Preferences / Audio

  3. Assign the Speaker to your desired audio output (most likely your audio interface/DAW)

  4. Assign the Microphone to your desired audio input (either your DAW or an audio routing application like Loopback)

  5. Make sure “Automatically adjust microphone volume” is disengaged

  6. Move on to “Advanced”

  7. In “Advanced” audio settings, make sure that “Show in-meeting option to ‘Enable Original Sound’ from microphone” is ENABLED.

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