How to Improve the Sound Quality of Your Audio Video Conference Call
Audio video conference call is a fact of modern business life, but sound quality remains elusive — and frustrating — for many
Choose Your Service Provider Wisely
Test the services you are considering, paying close attention to audio quality. Starting with a high-quality service provider will help ensure that pops, low volume levels, echoes, and other distracting line noises don’t interfere with your audio or call-in video conference.
Set Up Your Environment and Minimize Distractions for your Audio Video Conference Call
Choose an appropriate environment, ideally a private, quiet area where you won’t be overheard and where the other participants won’t have to hear distracting background noises. Turn off phone ringers, audible alerts, and other potential noise makers such as fans, fountains, radios, and appliances. If you’ll be participating from home, instruct family members to stay out of the room. Pets are another concern when calling from home.
Use the mute function when not speaking. When dialing in using a telephone, the keypad command is *6. When using computer audio, click the microphone button to turn your audio on and off. All participants should be familiar with muting and unmuting their lines. If you’re hosting the conference call, you also have the ability to mute the lines of other participants.
Get a Microphone
Use a good quality cardioid microphone or headset. Cardioid microphones pick up audio from directly in front of the microphone rather than in a 360 degree field. Thus, when you speak into the microphone, your voice will be picked up but noise from behind the microphone (such as a computer fan running) won’t be picked up. If you used an omnidirectional mic, it would pick up everything. You could also use a standard headset typically used for phone calls.
Not only do headphones help you to better hear other call participants, they’ll reduce the likelihood of audio feedback (make sure to turn off your computer’s speakers). Feedback occurs when a microphone picks up its output such as when you have the speakers turned up too high. Bypassing your speakers and wearing a headset will eliminate that problem.
Test Audio Video Conference Call Gear
It’s smart to join audio and video conferences a few minutes early to make sure that you have plenty of time to test your microphone, speakers/headset, and webcam.
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