How to Play Music on Zoom

How to Play Music on Zoom

On this occasion I will present how to play music in Zoom Meeting. For many, the word Zoom has to be one of their most spoken words this year. Whether it’s an office meeting, an online class, a chill session with the homies, or a massive virtual party (because it’s this year), Zoom is the place to be.

If you want to play a song on Zoom or you are a professional who needs to play an instrument, knowing how to do it right is important for satisfactory results. Or if you’re having a party, dance lesson, or maybe a practice session on Zoom, trying to play music on Zoom in the background can give a lot of people a headache.

It’s all because of you playing music on Zoom in a wrong way. If you play music in the background and let your microphone record it manually for a meeting, it will definitely cause problems. Trying to find the right balance so participants can hear you as well as the music itself clearly will drive you crazy.

But all that pales in comparison to the troubles Zoom’s audio enhancement feature will create for you. Zoom will detect music playing in the background as noise and try to suppress it as much as possible. So the music that other participants will hear will be choppy and unclear.

There are too many variables to play music in the background. That’s why you need to do it the right way!

Everyone knows that you can share your screen in Zoom. Most of you also know that you can also share your computer audio with the screen, this is what allows you to watch movies and videos together. But there is another aspect of screen sharing that not everyone is aware of – you can also share just computer sound or audio without sharing your screen.

Zoom has a built-in feature for sharing music so you can play music in meetings. But many people don’t realize it because it belongs to the screen sharing domain. Though, in reality, you will not share the screen at all. So, it’s actually not your fault for being negligent of its existence.

How to Play Music on Zoom

Open the meeting toolbar in a meeting, and click the ‘Share Screen‘.

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The screen sharing window will open. Navigate to tab’Advanced‘.

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There, you will find the option ‘Music or Computer Sound only‘. Click to select it.

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Then, click the button ‘Share‘ in the lower right corner of the window.

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Next you will see the message “You are sharing computer sound‘ at the top of your meeting window, just like when you share your screen. Click the ‘ buttonStop sharing‘ at any time to stop sharing music.

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Now, you can play music from your computer as you like, from streaming services, downloads, even CDs. Participants will be able to hear all sounds from your computer, including the music. And the whole experience will be much better and smoother than you doing it manually.

This way, even if you mute the microphone during a meeting, it will not affect the background music at all.

You can even easily control the music volume from the music player. Open the volume options in the music player and adjust the volume from there. If you change the volume for your system or speakers, it will only change the volume for you and not the whole meeting.

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You can make the experience even better by using headphones. This will ensure that there is no echo or feedback in the meeting made by your microphone picking up the music and playing it back when you are not in mute mode.

PS: You can only share computer sound when using desktop client. The option to Share sound is also not available when multiple users share the screen.

Doing Live Music with Zoom

Now, people who want to play music in the background for parties, dance classes, or gym sessions can do so easily with Zoom’s in-house feature. But for musicians looking to practice while socializing, holding concerts or holding music classes via Zoom, things can be a lot more complicated, especially when instruments are involved.

That’s because Zoom’s audio settings are configured for speech by default. It makes the default audio quality completely unsuitable for playing music. However you can change this setting to make sure that playing the instrument via Zoom is not too much of a headache.

open Zoom Settings from the desktop client.

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From the navigation menu that appears on the left, go to ‘Audio‘.

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The audio settings will open. First, disable the option for ‘Automatically adjust microphone volume‘. Automatically adjust microphone volume is great for talking; even preferable. But for music, it’s just going to be flat there’s no dynamic variation.

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But once you disable this option, it is important to make sure that the volume is not too high. Try your instrument with the settings still open. You will see a blue bar to the right of the option ‘Input Level‘ which varies by sound. Make sure it doesn’t go up too high. If so, adjust the volume slider for the microphone below the input level. The ideal volume setting is when the stem only reaches somewhere between the middle and the end, and not completely.

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Now, go to options’Suppress background noise‘ and click the drop-down menu next to it. Previously, you could disable it completely. But now, there is no such option, and this can confuse a lot of users. Select option ‘Low‘ to optimize your audio for music.

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Lastly, to the last setting that you need to configure. Click the button ‘Advanced‘ at the bottom of the screen.

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Advanced audio settings will open. Check the option for ‘Enable original sound‘ from microphone‘.

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Enabling this option will add ‘Enable Original Sound’ to your meeting. Click the button in the meeting whenever you want to play music.

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Moreover, as soon as you tick the option to show the button to enable the original sound, a few more options will appear. If you have some professional grade equipment, this option will help you improve your audio game better. But if not, don’t worry. Changes to the previous settings will make your experience much better.

For those of you who have a professional audio interface, microphone, and headphones, enable the option to ‘High fidelity music mode‘. This will optimize your Zoom audio for the highest music quality. However, keep in mind that enabling this setting can increase CPU usage and bandwidth consumption. Zoom advises you to use this setting on an ethernet connection instead of Wi-Fi, if you can.

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Playing music virtually can be a challenge, and Zoom has various settings to help you out. Considering that Zoom only used to be a product used by businesses until last year, it’s adapted and escalated to somewhat dramatic occasions, accommodating a variety of settings to help everyone out.