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Zoom Tips for MCCM Online Events


If you prefer learning by video, most of what you need to know is in this 5-minute video

Students using Zoom for the first time 

  • You will get a link in an email or calendar invite from us--click it.

  • When you join the meeting, you get the option download and run the zoom app OR run in browser (download the app is preferable but running in browser is OK)

  • by clicking the link, you probably don't have to log in or use a password

  • "Join with Computer Audio" 

  • The mic in the bottom left will flash green as you speak, indicating that your mic is working


Get the best sound by adjusting settings in Zoom

  • In the meeting, lower left, see microphone icon.  Click up-arrow next to it, lowest menu item on pop-up is Audio Settings

  • In Audio Settings, unclick "automatically adjust volume"

  • Set input level volume high [don't let the meter go to the top, aim for "lingering" in the middle zone]

  • Set external mic to correct device

  • Under Music and Professional Audio CHECK "Show in-meeting option to enable 'Original Sound' from microphone" 

  • Suppress persistent background noise [Disable]

  • Suppress Intermittent Background Noise [Disable]

  • Echo cancellation [auto]

  • Close the menus

  • Click "Original Sound Off" in the top-left corner so that it now says "Original sound On"


Extra Hardware/Software tips (Mostly for teachers, but cool for students who want the best experience)

  • Connect to the Internet by hardwire if at all possible

  • Make sure device is fully charged or plugged in (video chat takes a lot of battery)

Desktop has the most features.  You can apply the settings in your account, using desktop version, those settings will apply to all your devices

  • Invest in external mic 

  • Use a separate device with an external speaker to play background music, so as not to compete with i/o settings for Zoom

  • Close all apps or tabs when recording or using video, to avoid taking up your device's RAM


Greg in the Box (more for an attendee)

Health Sounds Music (more for a host)


[Thanks for the pointers, Mikey Evans!]


Useful Keystrokes

For everyone:

Space: Temporarily unmute audio

Alt+A: Mute/unmute audio

Alt+V: Start/Stop Video

Alt+H: Display Chat panel

Alt+Y: Raise/lower hand

Alt: Turn on/off "Always show meeting control toolbar"


For large groups:

PageUp: View previous 25 video stream in gallery view

PageDown: View next 25 video stream in gallery view


For hosts:

Alt+M: Mute/unmute audio for everyone (except host)

Alt+M+A: Mute/unmute audio for everyone (including host) 

Alt+P: Pause or resume recording

Alt+U: Display Participants panel


More hotkeys here


Special Notes for Jam Hosts

Best to have three people helping with each song:

A Zoom host who controls muting and unmuting everyone (bonus points if you can unmute the room right before the end of the last chord).

A Page Turner, who shares screens and scrolls the music/turns pages for everyone (please note there is a timing lag, so always have the screen a second or so ahead of what you would normally do).

A song leader, who will be the only person unmuted for each song

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