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Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« on: March 31, 2020, 12:26:30 PM »
With most of the US self isolating and video conferencing into work meetings from home, I know that some of you have figured out ways to use real mics instead of the horrible mics on the webcams. Especially since there are no more live events and our poor, expensive mics are sitting there looking at us with sad puppy eyes.

My work is late to the game and we will be doing our first Zoom meeting today, so I have to confess I've been thinking about setting up a Zoom vid con station here.

I'm thinking about Schoeps MK5 (omni) > SD USBPre 2 > computer to keep it simple.

Anyone else thinking on the same lines? How did you set it up? Bonus points if you are using a real video cam instead of the shitty camera on laptops or phones.
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2020, 02:52:28 PM »
Talk of this is Zooming about, and not having seen it I still keep thinking "audio recorder".. then in talking with my elderly parents today they asked for assistance in getting their built-in cams working on Ipad and WinComp for the virtual Zoom to church next weekend.  Apparently they got it to work and participated last Sunday, only without the self-reflective eye upon themselves.
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2020, 04:15:40 PM »
I am curious if Zoom is really secure, and if folks should be running business and govt' meetings on it. It IS HQ'd in China.
They admit it's not HIPAA compliant.


On topic, I have my Sound Devices MixPre6 set up on my Mac via USB and it's weird. When I wake the Mac from sleep, I have to take the SD out of USB AUDIO mode and set it briefly to USB POWER ONLY before switching it back in order to make the Mac see it as an audio device.
Then. I tried using the Y cable it came with, which enables it to run on full power from 2 USB-A plugs, but when it's left plugged in to the POWER one, it does not wake up at all from sleep.
I guess the Mixpre6 is ABLE to be used as a USB interface, but it's not designed for it.
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2020, 05:46:20 PM »
I think you're looking at the wrong Zoom! Zoom Video (NASDAQ: ZM) is based in Silicon Valley. The other Zoom is a company that used to make cheap modems and networking gear, and they are in China. It's funny, stock traders have been mixing up the ticker symbols, and those who want to invest in ZM accidentally invest in ZOOM. The latter is thinly traded and was a penny stock, but with this new interest, owners of ZOOM shares experienced a huge appreciation!

They are new and this pandemic basically accelerated their plans to scale, so these privacy concerns may be something real.

I am curious if Zoom is really secure, and if folks should be running business and govt' meetings on it. It IS HQ'd in China.
They admit it's not HIPAA compliant.


On topic, I have my Sound Devices MixPre6 set up on my Mac via USB and it's weird. When I wake the Mac from sleep, I have to take the SD out of USB AUDIO mode and set it briefly to USB POWER ONLY before switching it back in order to make the Mac see it as an audio device.
Then. I tried using the Y cable it came with, which enables it to run on full power from 2 USB-A plugs, but when it's left plugged in to the POWER one, it does not wake up at all from sleep.
I guess the Mixpre6 is ABLE to be used as a USB interface, but it's not designed for it.
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2020, 05:57:10 PM »
I am curious if Zoom is really secure, and if folks should be running business and govt' meetings on it. It IS HQ'd in China.
They admit it's not HIPAA compliant.


On topic, I have my Sound Devices MixPre6 set up on my Mac via USB and it's weird. When I wake the Mac from sleep, I have to take the SD out of USB AUDIO mode and set it briefly to USB POWER ONLY before switching it back in order to make the Mac see it as an audio device.
Then. I tried using the Y cable it came with, which enables it to run on full power from 2 USB-A plugs, but when it's left plugged in to the POWER one, it does not wake up at all from sleep.
I guess the Mixpre6 is ABLE to be used as a USB interface, but it's not designed for it.

That's strange. I've been running my MP6 as a desktop interface for a few weeks and it's been working perfectly with my Mac using USB-C to USB-C. I'm mostly using it as a headphone amp but have ran mics through it a few times.
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2020, 06:24:48 PM »
I don't do anything special. Just a pair of apple headphones (but I've been using zoom for work for years.) I have run a few streams through it using dante via straight out of a 24 fader soundcraft board. That was kinda fun
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2020, 07:10:31 PM »
The other Zoom is a company that used to make cheap modems and networking gear, and they are in China.

Thanks for reminding me of my old POS 14.4kbps modem I had from them.  US Robotics for the win!  :P

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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2020, 08:26:46 PM »
That's strange. I've been running my MP6 as a desktop interface for a few weeks and it's been working perfectly with my Mac using USB-C to USB-C.
My Mac is old and doesn't have USB-C, in fact it's only got USB-2. I've been running the SD via USB-3.0 on a thunderbolt hub, perhaps it would behave differently if I plugged it into one of the original 2.0's and used a brick on the power side of the Y cable.

Oh good point about the two ZOOMs thing. I think I was confused too.
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2020, 11:16:01 PM »
The Zoom security issues are absolutely real:

https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/31/zoom-at-your-own-risk/

Also check out the Zoom app wiki page.

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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2020, 06:25:16 AM »
Sennheiser e614 > Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 > USB > ThinkPad

I could care less about the security issues when I am having a smoother chat with Zoom than with Hangouts.
A few of my tech buddies suggest using a feature where anyone joining the room has to be approved for entry as a last step.
(I didn't read the thread much, just posted my setup after scanning down quickly)
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2020, 01:08:26 PM »
The Zoom security issues are absolutely real:
https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/31/zoom-at-your-own-risk/
Thanks. I had read headlines and tweets but could not find documentation of what I had heard.
I could care less about the security issues when I am having a smoother chat with Zoom than with Hangouts.

That's a dangerous attitude to take for granted.
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2020, 01:29:37 PM »
The Zoom security issues are absolutely real:
https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/31/zoom-at-your-own-risk/
Thanks. I had read headlines and tweets but could not find documentation of what I had heard.
I could care less about the security issues when I am having a smoother chat with Zoom than with Hangouts.

That's a dangerous attitude to take for granted.


Idk. I kinda just assume nothing on the internet is really secure.
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2020, 05:24:13 PM »
I record medical school lectures for a living, and we went to all-online in mid-March. We've been running lectures over Zoom, and I've been originating them from my family room:


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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2020, 10:08:58 AM »
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As to more secure web conferencing, I have been reading great things from the infosec-minded crowd about Jitsi Meet.  It's not like I'm going to convince my employer to use it, but I might try it out with friends.  For one thing, the meeting controls are really good.  It's also open-source, so you can roll your own version of it.  You can also host your own instance on your own server for full control of where everyone's data is going.

https://jitsi.org/jitsi-meet/
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2020, 07:26:16 PM »

Bruce Schneier weighs in...
https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/2020/0415.html#cg15
"In general, Zoom's problems fall into three broad buckets: (1) bad privacy practices, (2) bad security practices, and (3) bad user configurations."
"In the meantime, you should either lock Zoom down as best you can, or -- better yet -- abandon the platform altogether. Jitsi is a distributed, free, and open-source alternative."
"New York City has banned Zoom from its schools."


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Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of over one dozen books--including his latest, Click Here to Kill Everybody
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2020, 09:48:57 AM »
There is a significant "fight for territory" going on right now in this business segment - the stakes are huge. Best not forming firm opinions unless one knows the alliances of the sources.

I got a Jabra headset from my employer. Zoom isn't capable of great sound in the first place, but this headset sounds as good as it gets.
However, I dislike it's bulkiness. It is not that big, but it quickly feels heavy, especially when doing many back to back meetings, And it it doesn't look pretty on video.
I have had success with a RØDE SmartLav+ into a RØDE SC6 adapter and a pair of discrete earbuds. Sounds as good, easier to wear and looks better.
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2020, 07:36:12 PM »
Finally broke out my rig today for a weekly taper group zoom chat. I don't know that I sounded any better, but it felt good to power up the mics and get my nerd on.

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Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2020, 12:15:51 PM »
I've been just using my laptop but just bought a cheap webcam for my desktop.  Happy hour yesterday was my first time using it. I was told the audio sucked! So Rory inspired me to figure out how to use the mixpre as a USB interface. Easy as hell!  m20s dina > mixpre 6 II....

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Microtech Gefell M20 or M21 > Nbob actives > Naiant PFA > Sound Devices MixPre-6 II

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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2020, 11:00:58 AM »
Nerds!
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2020, 05:42:15 PM »
Nerds!

nice to be able to use some gear!!
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2020, 09:11:54 PM »
nice to be able to use some gear!!
Did you set Channels 1-2 to LINKED, so that you have a single volume knob, and Ch2 is for Pan?
That's what I've been listening back to for the past several weeks, and I love it.
I set my Stereo Out Gain to -20 and turned my home integrated amp up to high noon on the volume knob!
Everything sounds better with the amp more open, and now I can control the volume in the middle of the Ch1 knob (not just the far left bits) since I am backed off -20dB at the output.
I don't usually need to boost versus the computer's USB output (which is my source) but I can certainly do so with a twist of the knob!
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« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2020, 11:08:51 AM »
channels linked, never messed with pan....
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2020, 01:30:54 PM »
Nerds!

nice to be able to use some gear!!

Very true.  I've been considering the same thing
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Re: Describe your Zoom Video Chat setup!
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2020, 01:52:47 AM »
More Zoom issues, unless you are so uncompromisable that you don't mind being blatantly surveilled...
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"Corporate clients will get access to Zoom’s end-to-end encryption service now being developed, but Yuan said free users won’t enjoy that level of privacy, which makes it impossible for third parties to decipher communications.
“Free users for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose,” Yuan said on the call."
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-02/zoom-transforms-hype-into-huge-jump-in-sales-customers
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