Applies to: All current Focusrite audio interfaces
This article will explain how to set your Focusrite audio interface Zoom's audio device which will allow you to get audio from your microphone/instrument and computer audio into your calls.
Please see the following article if you are on a Windows computer: How to set up your Focusrite audio interface with Zoom on Windows
Requirements: We recommend creating a Zoom account and downloading/installing the Zoom Client for Meetings desktop application from the Zoom website here, as the web client has limited features.
Setting the audio interface as the audio device
With your audio interface connected, please navigate to Zoom.us > Preferences > Audio and set your microphone input to the audio interface you would like to use.
When you speak into the microphone connected to the audio interface you will be able to see feedback on the input level meter which indicates an audio signal is being received. Please ensure 48V phantom power is enabled on your interface if you are using a condenser microphone.
To confirm the quality of your incoming audio signal, you can create a test recording and listen back.
Sharing audio from your computer
As well as receiving the input from any microphone/instrument that has been connected to your audio interface, Zoom also allows you to share any audio that is playing locally on your computer. To enable this feature, select the Share Screen button whilst on a call.
Then, click on the Advanced tab and select Music or Computer Sound Only. Of course, you can choose to share the images from your screen in addition if you wish.
At this stage, you will be asked to install the Zoom audio device which is needed to share the computer's audio. Enter your Mac's password to allow the installation. After it has installed, it will automatically be selected as your Mac's output device.
If you wish to set up separate mixes of audio for what you hear in your headphones/speakers and what the Zoom caller(s) is hearing, the method described in the below articles would be best to use, however, this works better with our larger audio interfaces where you have spare outputs/inputs you can utilise.
Focusrite Interfaces that use Focusrite Control: How to create a Mix suitable for Video Calls, Conferencing and Lesson Calls/ for Scarlett 2nd/3rd Gen or Clarett
Focusrite interfaces that use Scarlett/Saffire Mix Control: How to create a Mix suitable for Video Calls, Conferencing and Lesson Calls/ for 1st Gen Scarlett or Saffire