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June 2, 2024

What is Zoom Audio Device?

When you host or join a Zoom virtual meeting it asks if you want to use your computer audio device for audio output and input. If you check the box on this initial prompt it will automatically use your computer sound devices for all subsequent meetings. This may cause the issue where you are unable to hear or be heard inside of the Zoom meeting.

You can try to resolve the issue by changing your zoom audio device back to your normal sound input and output settings. This should resolve the issue. You can also make sure that the mic and speakers are at a safe distance from each other to prevent an audio feedback loop from happening.

Zoom Audio Settings when Not in a Meeting

When you are not on a Zoom meeting you can access your zoom audio device settings by clicking the gear icon present on the top right of your screen. This will open a menu where you can manage your sound settings and adjust your microphone sensitivity. Alternatively, you can create a test meeting where you can play around with your Zoom audio settings. The test meeting will allow you to alter all of the audio and video settings while you are not on a real Zoom call.

This is an excellent way to test your Zoom audio and video settings in a real-life scenario. This will also give you the opportunity to practice your screen sharing skills and content sharing options without having a real Zoom meeting on hand. You can find a link to the test meeting on this page of the Zoom website.

If you are not able to solve the problem of hearing your own voice during a Zoom meeting, it may be a result of a high level of background noise. This can be caused by your location or the type of mic you are using. The best solution to this is to host the Zoom meeting in a soundproof room or use a less sensitive microphone.

You can use the gain controls on your audio interface to manage the levels for all of the software and hardware inputs used by Zoom. However, this will affect the levels for all of your other applications when streaming or recording. A more effective solution is to create a custom mix for Zoom in your DAW (digital audio workstation). This will allow you to control the mix for Zoom separately from the other inputs to your system.

Creating a custom mix for Zoom in your DAW can be done by opening Focusrite Control and navigating to the Output Routing section. Then, under OUTPUTS select the source for Loopback 1-2 and set it to a custom mix. You can then adjust the faders, pans, solos, and mutes to tailor your mix for Zoom. Alternatively, you can create a new aggregate device in Pro Tools and add both your interface and ZoomAudioDevice as outputs to the aggregate. This will ensure that the sample rate of your Pro Tools session matches the sample rate of ZoomAudioDevice and avoid any issues with timing.