Performing music in Zoom on laptop or mobile phone

Playing music in a Zoom meeting doesn’t always work out because Zoom is optimised for conversation and suppresses what it thinks is background noise, sometimes including your acoustic guitar between each vocal line – or worse. The whole thing breaks up.


To override these settings and play the original unprocessed sound on a desktop go to Audio settings> advanced settings and enable the in meeting option for original sound.

When you are in the meeting look for the Turn on Original Sound option on the top left corner of the screen. Select this option before playing music and switch it back when going back to conversation. (You may need to hover your mouse over that area to make the option visible)

Mobile App

The process for mobile apps is similar. (These screen shots are from an Android app). First log into the app – you don’t need to join a meeting for this step. Go to Settings>meeting

Within meeting settings select Use original sound.

You are almost done. When you next join a meeting on your mobile, before you play music, put your finger on the screen to bring up the menus and options. Select More>enable Original Sound. When you are done playing to optimise for conversation again repeat the process and select disable original sound.

Videos and photos

Your performance at the Auckland Bluegrass Club will be photographed or videoed and excepts may be used by the Auckland Bluegrass Club for publicity purposes on various platforms.  Don’t worry, we will not use material where you look funny because you were singing with your mouth wide open, or videos where you fluff your words.

You may also be photographed or videoed as part of the audience, or at one of our social events.

If you don’t want your image to be used by the Auckland Bluegrass Club please advise the MC or photographer, and if you want an image taken down email

Individuals attending Auckland Bluegrass club events may also pull out a mobile or camera at an event. In this case approach the individual concerned.