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Monday, 2020-12-21

Playing music into a Zoom meeting

Filed under: Gaming,Music,Podcast,The Internet — bblackmoor @ 18:48

Here is how I play music (MP3 files) into a Zoom meeting.

Hardware

  • Windows 10 desktop
  • Wireless headset with over-the-ear type headphones (I use a Logitech G935 Gaming Headset)

Software

Setup

  1. Install “Audio Repeater Pro (64 bit)” and “VB Cable A+B”. Don’t mess with the settings. Just install them.
  2. Run “Audio Repeater Pro (64 bit)”. Use these settings:
    • Input Device: Microphone (Logitech G935 Gaming Headset)
    • Output Device: CABLE-B Input
    • Stream Format: Processing Format (default)
    • Stream Buffer: 40 milliseconds (default)
    • Process Audio: (not checked)
    • Stream Gain: 100%
    • Stream FX: FX Chain (default)
    • Bypass FX Chain: (not checked)
    • Click “Start”.
  3. Open the Control Panel, and click “Sound”.
    1. Click the “Recording” tab.
    2. Right-click Microphone (Logitech G935 Gaming Headset), and select “Set as Default Device”.
    3. Right-click Microphone (Logitech G935 Gaming Headset), and select “Properties”.
      • On the “Listen” tab, set to UN-check “Listen to this device”.
      • On the “Levels” tab, set to 70.
      • Click OK.
    4. Right-click CABLE-B Output, and select “Properties”.
      • On the “Listen” tab, CHECK “Listen to this device”.
      • On the “Levels” tab, set both to 100.
      • Click OK.
  4. In the “Playback” tab of the Sound application.
    • Right-click the headset, and select “Set as Default Communication Device”.
  5. Run Zoom.
  6. In Zoom’s audio settings:
    1. Set “Speaker” to Logitech G935 Gaming Headset.
    2. Set “Microphone” to Cable-B Output.
    3. Un-check “Automatically adjust microphone volume”.
  7. In Zoom’s video settings:
    1. Set “Camera” to Logitech HD Pro Webcam.
    2. Check “Original ratio”.
    3. Check “HD”.
    4. Un-check “Mirror my video”.
  8. Open VLC Media Player.
    1. Add songs to the playlist.
    2. In the Audio menu, select Audio >> Audio Device >> CABLE B Input
  9. Play songs in VLC. Other people in the Zoom meeting will hear them. To avoid drowning myself out, I set the VLC output level to about 60%.

Recording

Here are the settings I used to record in Flashback Express.

  1. In the Tools >> Options menu, look in the Sound section.
  2. Under Sound Source, select “PC Speakers (what you hear)”.
  3. In the drop-down under “PC Speakers (what you hear)”, select the headset.
  4. Now, when recording in Flashback Express…
    1. Under “Record”, select “Window”.
    2. Check “Record Sound”.
  5. Still in Flashback Express, in the sound section, check “Record Sound”, and for the source select “Speakers (Logitech G935 Gaming Headset)”.

When done with the Zoom meeting

  1. End the meeting and close the Zoom client.
  2. Click “Stop” in “Audio Repeater Pro (64 bit)”, and close it.
  3. Close VLC Media Player.