[LAU] online calls with decent auido for music lessons

Will Godfrey willgodfrey at musically.me.uk
Fri Mar 19 15:46:43 CET 2021

On Mon, 15 Mar 2021 16:37:44 +0100
Lorenzo Sutton <lorenzofsutton at gmail.com> 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).
>The one used for the last LAC seemed also quite nice, but I guess that's 
>not free (as in 'gratis')? As zoom is the tool selected by the music 
>school it should also be something relatively hassle-free for the 
>teacher and cross-platform (i.e. assume they will not be on Linux, so no 
>funky stuff like having to install a Mumble server etc. :-| ... Although 
>the offers on mumble.com seem quite reasonable, but has anyone used it 
>for music?)
>I _am_ already able to set-up e.g. my Zoom H5 (the device not the 
>software) or usb audio interface via JACK to have a decent mic/input at 
>the source and then pulseaudio-jack sink for audio I/O with these apps 
>(I actually helped my son do remote drum lessons which included piping 
>smplayer via jack to him locally and his teacher as well as the e-drum 
>line out with JACK).
>But of course there's no much point in having decent quality at the 
>source if the software is doing funky stuff like noise reduction and 
>echo cancellation at the source :-|
>Any suggestion welcome.

Very interesting. Thanks for letting us know.

Will J Godfrey
Say you have a poem and I have a tune.
Exchange them and we can both have a poem, a tune, and a song.

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