Re: Microphone for Zoom


Gene
 

You aren't broadcasting screen-reader speech if you mute the microphone as soon as you enter the meeting. As I said, you may want another microphone anyway, but you don't want to turn on and off a microphone when unmuted. Doing so will make loud noises as the microphone power is stopped or started. If I were using a microphone with a switch, I would always leave it on and mute myself using Zoom. Indeed, many people use microphones that there is no convenient way to mute and unmute. I use the microphone in my laptop. I mute myself in Zoom, It would be inconvenient and cumbersome to mute and unmute the microphone using Windows sound card controls. And in general, I think I can safely say that people mute themselves in Zoom rather than with the microphone itself. I use a much better solution so I don't have to worry about the microphone picking up the screen-reader. I use headphones, not the speakers while in a zoom meeting. I don't use USB headphones. I want to use my internal sound card and the microphone in my computer. So I use a set of headphones that connect using the headphone jack in the computer. If you do this, don't forget to lower play volume a lot before plugging in the headphones. There are times I want my microphone unmuted but I don't want my screen-reader to be heard. If casual conversation is occurring, and people are interjecting comments as they would in a conversation, I don't want to keep muting and unmuting the microphone. and when I talk, I don't want people to hear my screen-reader announce something like Bill has joined the meeting or announcing that Steve has sent a message. While these things don't usually happen when I'm speaking, I don't want them to.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Terrilynne Pomeroy
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2021 6:01 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Microphone for Zoom

Hi Gene,
Since it is a toggle, there is not a position that gives you any information.

Also, I don't want it on because you are then broadcastin JAWS announcements while you are tabbing through the Zoom options to get things turned off.

I just want a mic that I can tell whether it is on or off by the position of the switch.

TerriLynne

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Friday, April 9, 2021 4:57 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Microphone for Zoom

If you can't tell by the position of the button if it is on or off, make sure it is on and always leave it on. When you don't intend to speak, mute yourself using the zoom command alt a. When you want to speak, my understanding is that you can hhold the space bar to unmute yourself while you are holding it. Releasing it mutes you again. Or you can use alt a to unmute yourself, talk, then mute yourself with the same command again.

You may want another microphone anyway, but that is one way you can use the microphone you have if you want.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Terrilynne Pomeroy
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2021 5:49 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Microphone for Zoom



Hi all,

I am looking for an easy to use microphone for Zoom meetings on my desktop
computer. I have a microphone, but it has a toggle button to turn it off and
on and I am always fearful that it is on. I don’t want my JAWS transmitting
to the meeting so I want to be able to know for sure that the mic is off.



Of course, I would also desire to have good sound being transmitted.



Any ideas?



TerriLynne

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