How To Improve Online Meetings With Better Audio

The entire world has turn to online living, and the grand majority is now using some type of video conference software that works remarkably well.

One issue that everyone has regardless if you are a professional or not, is sound, your audio, everyone has very bad sound quality (unless they are using their headphones with built in microphone).

The main reason is that the software of your device is trying to "fight" between the voices in the room that you are in and your voice, trying to distinguish which is which to be able to "cancel the noise" and the farther you are from your device the harder the device has to work.

That is why your first option of fixing the problem is to use the headset that probably came with your phone with a built in microphone, but that leads into the next set of problems and their solution.

In a previous post, I wrote how to improve your meetings on Zoom, it also applies to any video conferencing software.

On this post we are going to just deal with microphone setup when you want to share audio with more people on the same room.

So the main problem is that there are more people with you at the meeting that want to hear too, so the first thing you do is share one side of your headset, you have to stay close, but eventually is annoying.

 

Speaker with AUX input

Here I will show you how to plug in the microphone on your device so IT WORKS!

Maybe you already have a separate mic and a separate speaker. Make sure your speaker has an AUX input to be able to receive the audio signal from your device.

First determine what type of plug does the device you are using for the video conferencing has and what plug does your new microphone has?

 

STEP 1 - What type of input does your device have?

To determine your device connection type is simple, does it have 1 plug for both headphone and microphone? or 2 plugs, one for headphones and one fro microphone?

Microphone jack with a TRRS TRS plug

Option 1 - Single Jack Port

Most likely phones, iPads and new laptops have 1 single plug for both. In this case your device accepts a TRRS plug. For these type of connection you will need the splitter shown below as (1.A)

Option 2 - 2 jack ports, 1 Headphones 1 Microphone

And Older computers and laptops will have 2 separate plugs, one for headphone and one for microphone

STEP 2 - Now what type of microphone plug do you have

With TRS Microphone

Microphone jack with a TRS plug

The first possibility is that your microphone has 3 connectors, TRS.

In this case, the microphone line is stereo and is the TIP and RING right and left microphone signals

With TRRS Microphone

Headset jack with a TRRS plug and Mic line

The second possibility is that your microphone has 4 connectors, TRRS, like a headset.

In this case, the microphone line is mono and is the SLEEVE.

Option 1.1 - Single port and TRS Microphone plug

For Option 1 devices with a single port you will need an audio/mic splitter(1.A) that splitter will separate the speaker signal and the microphone signal.

All product links are at the end

1.A

Option 1.2 - Single port and TRRS Microphone plug

For Option 1 devices with a single port you will need a audio/mic splitter(1.A) that will separate the headphone signal and the microphone signal.

And with a TRRS microphone you need a TRRS to TRS adapter some microphones comes with it. like 2.A, if not, is linked below the 2.B

2.A

Option 2.1 - With 2 ports and TRRS microphone

For Option 2 devices, you don't need the splitter, but you will need the TRRS to TRS adapter like 2.B

The microphone shown here (2.A) comes with the adapter already.

All product links are at the end

2.A

Option 2.2 - With 2 ports and TRS microphone

For Option 2 devices, you don't need the splitter.

Microphone 1.B shows in amazon as having the TRRS plug, but mine arrived with TRS, and had to buy the adapter separately.

Also this is the connection in most cameras that have a mic input. Like the Sony A6400 and A6600

1.B

Products Links

1.A

1.B

1.C

1.D

2.A

Note: this mic comes with the TRRS to TRS adapter already

2.B

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