[LAU] online calls with decent auido for music lessons

Dave Phillips dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Mon Mar 15 18:57:10 CET 2021

On 3/15/21 11:37 AM, Lorenzo Sutton wrote:
> Hi LAU,
> As we're entering a 'tighter' lock-down in my area this week I will 
> need to attend online music lessons (bass). The suggested tool is zoom 
> with 'original sound' option selected, but it seems this is not 
> available on Linux (nor in a web (chrome?) client) [1].
> In the past setting the 'noise reduction' (or maybe it's echo 
> cancellation) to low seemed to work OK, but I'm wondering if anyone 
> knows of any work-arounds.
> Or any other platform (Discord seems to use Opus which sounds promising).
> ...
> Any suggestion welcome.
> Lorenzo.

Hi Lorenzo,

FWIW, I've been teaching online since last March, using Skype on Ubuntu 
18.04. It has not been a flawless experience, due less to any particular 
shortcomings with Skype and more to do with inevitable circumstances 
beyond my control. The audio on my end varies from student to student - 
each has a unique hardware condition - but I use a decent USB microphone 
to ensure the audio quality coming from the studio.

The variables can be intensely frustrating. I teach a student living two 
hundred miles away who typically gets a better connection than another 
student only two miles from my home. I'm glad for the precautions, but 
I'm looking forward to teaching mostly in the studio again.

Best regards,

Dave Phillips

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