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  • Virtual Open Mic question

    Posted by andy_e on July 9, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Dear all, hope you are well and enjoying your Friday! I am planning on attending my 1st VOM this late afternoon. I have a couple questions: I will use my iMac computer to join. Is it recommended to have a mic or do people often just use the mic in their computer? Is it OK to play a song from sheet music or should it be memorized? Thanks! Andy

    Marty73 replied 2 years, 10 months ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Real-Vic-G

    July 9, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Hi @andy_e . Using your iMac is fine. Using the mic on your iMac is fine too. Most people will start with their computer mic and decide from there if they wish to upgrade their equipment or not. There is no requirement at our VOM to have quality grade equipment. If anything, we only request that you have “Original Sound” turned ON on Zoom to get your best possible sound through Zoom. Check this video on how to turn ON Original Sound in Zoom (https://youtu.be/vuFzgrXTL-c).

    Regardless of how you sound today, our only concern is that you have the opportunity to share your music with us. We are a very appreciative audience.

    Whether you have memorized songs, or reading off of sheet music, it’s all acceptable. We look forward to seeing you later.

    • andy_e

      July 9, 2021 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks for the informative and helpful information, @Real-Vic-G ! Much appreciated! I am looking forward to the VOM tonight, and a bit nervous. I hope I will get more comfortable playing for others with experience.

    • andy_e

      July 10, 2021 at 10:19 am

      Vic, I really enjoyed my 1st VOM – just a lovely group of people playing music that was a pleasure to hear. I am amazed at how supportive everyone was. My computer kept on switching away from original sound. I am thinking of getting a mic for the computer. I will ask the TAC community if they have any recommendations of what equipment will work.

    • Marty73

      July 22, 2021 at 11:12 am

      Thanks @Real-Vic-G 👍👍👍😎

  • DavidScoggins

    July 9, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Andy, first of all, no problems at all in using sheet music to refer to at the VOMs, a lot of people do this. As for mics, you definitely want to use an external mic, just as with recording the difference will be massive compared to using the one built into your laptop.

    • andy_e

      July 9, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you, David, for your very helpful response!

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