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Performing Music Online

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we get our music has changed drastically, throughout the world. This virus makes it hazardous to everyone’s health to gather in groups, especially indoors in places like bars, restaraunts and concert halls.

As a result, music performances, live and otherwise, are now finding their audiences online, on platforms like Facebook and YouTube Live, and especially on the leader, online meeting giant Zoom.

Performing Music Online in ‘Zoom’ meetings

Since we are almost all performing music in Zoom meetings, and we all want the best sound quality Zoom can deliver, and so we should all regularly update our Zoom clients.

On September 1, 2020, Zoom released the 5.2.2 version of it’s Windows and MacOS clients. As of Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the latest release is version 5.2.3. Both releases include the new ‘High fidelity music mode’ feature which will be greatly appreciated by musicians! Smartphones, tablets, etc. are a different matter, and as of September 4th, 2020, the iOS and Android versions which include the new ‘High fidelity music mode’ feature were not yet released. (If you are performing in one of my live Zoom shows, and intend to use your iPhone etc. to perform on September 17th, please send me an email, Tony Becker, and I’ll work with you directly.)

Windows and MacOS: If you already have the Zoom client installed on your Windows and MacOS computer, just click the Zoom desktop icon to start Zoom, then click your small profile picture in the upper right corner, then select ‘then click Check for Updates.’ If not, you can also find the latest version of the Zoom client on the Zoom website here: Zoom Windows and MacOS updates.

Apple iOS and Android: You can check for the latest updates for on the Apple or Google Store or on the Zoom website
Zoom iOS updates
, or Zoom Android updates

Enabling the Zoom ‘High fidelity music mode’ on Windows and MacOS

Remember, you must update your Zoom client to the new version, (5.2.2 for Mac’s and PCs) before these features will be available to you, but once installed, you can follow this pictorial guide to enabling the new ‘High fidelity music mode’ on your Mac or PC computer.  The look of these is nearly the same on either platform.

Step 1. Open your Zoom 5.2.2 client.  (If you are NOT already logged into a Zoom meeting, just click the ‘Settings’ icon (the little gear) and you can skip ahead to Step 2.)


Begin by clicking opening the Audio menu (the little ^ next to the microphone icon) and select ‘Audio Settings’.

Step 2. Now you are in the ‘Audio Settings’ dialog box.


Uncheck the ‘Automatically adjust microphone volume’ checkbox, the click on the ‘Advanced’ link (on PCs, this is a button in the lower right corner)

Step 3. Now click on Audio Settings>Advanced. In order to see the High Fidelity music mode, you must select the ‘Show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone’ if you have not done so already. While you are in this ‘Advanced Audio Settings’ dialog box.

Check both these checkboxes’

  1. ‘Show in-meeting option to ‘Enable Original Sound’ from microphone’.
  2. ‘High fidelity music mode’.

Close these dialog boxes, but remember, these new features can’t be ‘enabled’ here – the next step MUST be taken while you are in a Zoom Meeting. 

Step 4.  While in a Zoom meeting, you can turn these features on by clicking on the ‘Enable Original Sound’ button! For PCs, you can see this in the illustration in Step 1 above, but it looks a bit different on the Mac…


In this Macbook screen shot, ‘Original Sound is ON’!!!

From now on, when you click the ‘Turn On Original Sound’ button, your sample rate will increase from 24 KHz to 48 KHz, and all noise suppression will be switched off.

There is a cost, however. This higher sample rate will use more of your Internet connection bandwidth, and so a wired Ethernet is even more important than before. This ‘High fidelity music mode’ turns off the low level expander, so you will need to be in a very quiet, ‘sound studio’ quality space, and as always, to avoid feedback it is HIGHLY recommended that you wear headphones!


AmeriCeltic YouTube

The AmeriCeltic YouTube Channel

Finding and Selecting Local Performers

If you are looking for existing performances, check out our online Calendar, https://www.americeltic.net/events, but sometimes we want to hire someone to perform at a party and are looking for samples of their work or maybe just checking out a particular artist’s style. For these times, AmeriCeltic maintains the AmeriCeltic YouTube Channel. On the AmeriCeltic YouTube Channel you will find hundreds of videos organized into playlists for dozens of West Coast Celtic artists and Bands and a description and contact point for each.

These bands and individuals are actively performing LIVE at our regional venues and festivals, and almost all are available for special events. CHECK IT OUT! The AmeriCeltic YouTube Channel.


Resources for Music Performers

If you are a musician looking to learn some Celtic songs and/or tunes, here are some downloadable resources for you!
Collections of Celtic Tunes and Songs
The King Street Sessions Tunebook This legendary work contains music scores and chords for 1006 Celtic, Old Time, and other Traditional tunes and songs. Thank Mike D. Long, mike(at)m-d-long.com.
jTunes.zip Legendary Scottish fiddler John Taylor’s collection of his lifework of 58 compositions. 60 pages in PDF format, with accompanying MP3 recordings and abc files. Thank John Taylor, john.taylor.sj(at)gmail.com.
MostlyCelticTunebook.pdf Music scores and chords for 150 Celtic, Old Time, and other Traditional tunes. Thank Dave Barton, fiddlerdave(at)BartonReading.com.

MostlyCelticSongbook.pdf
Lyrics and chords in Nashville notation for 150 songs. Thanks to Jim Raymond, now deceased.
The Kings Head Tunebook Music scores and chords for 101 Traditional Celtic tunes. Thank Paul Magnussen, majjick(at)aol.com.

If your printer can do it, these books are designed to be printed double-sided, if not, you will just get twice as many pages. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the document. If you don’t already have it, you can download it free from the Acrobat Reader link on the
Adobe Website.