[Athen] [EXTERNAL] - Re: [EXT]Re: Zoom question

Hayman, Douglass dhayman at olympic.edu
Tue Oct 6 10:23:55 PDT 2020


Did you see my reply yesterday? Sent it to Robert as I’d lost the full conversational thread.

Have you tried bringing up the advanced sound settings in Windows 10? In there is the ability to adjust the sound level of each of the various apps so you could for example have NVDA at 80 percent and something else at 100 percent.

If you enter “sound” in Windows search field then pick Advanced Sound Options there is the app-by-app mixer levels from zero to 100 percent.

Doug Hayman
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Information Technology
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I’ve now managed to make the screen reader softer than my voice, but that’s even worse. I adjusted the volume of JAWS with voice profiles and with NVDA using its speech settings. I then used original sound in the Zoom settings to boost my mic level. Now my voice is loud and the synthesizer is soft.

I am still trying to find a way they can both be normalized – at the same volume. I do know how to adjust volume mixer settings for individual programs. The problem is zoom has its own ideas about adjusting volume.


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This is a good try, but it doesn’t work. I just tried it again on my system at work (I have tried it on my laptop at home) and the JAWS volume did not change as I took the slider down while in a Zoom meeting. I took it all the way down to 10%. JAWS is still much louder than my voice.

When I use this slider outside of a Zoom meeting, it does change the volume of JAWS just fine. Maybe I’m missing something (which is possible since this is a crazy Monday morning).

Any other ideas?

Robert Lee Beach
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I've never had my screen reader being louder than my voice on zoom calls before. Interesting problem. If you're on a PC, have you tried the volume mixer? When JAWS or NVDA is running, they will show up in the list of applications that are running. If you're a keyboard user, the Windows+B shortcut will move your focus to the bottom right taskbar that shows your clock and speaker settings. You can arrow right to the speaker icon then press the context menu button (if you have one of those on your keyboard, usually to the right of the spacebar, sometimes between the Windows key and the Ctrl key) and choose "Open Volume Mixer". If you're a mouse user, then you can right click on the speaker icon. Or you can hit the Windows key and start typing "volume" and select "Adjust system volume".

Anyway, once that dialog is up, try adjusting the volume for the screen reader. Whatever you set it to should be remembered the next time you run the screen reader.

On Mon, Oct 5, 2020 at 10:32 AM Deborah Armstrong <armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu<mailto:armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu>> wrote:
So I want to do some videos in zoom demonstrating how to accomplish some online learning tasks using a screen reader.

When I share my screen and include sound, the screen reader is louder than my voice. I’ve tried adjusting the volume of the screen reader’s voice, and I’ve tried adjusting my microphone volume, but it takes a lot of tweaking and is not perfect. I have to do a test, record, listen, do another test.

There is a setting “use original sound” and I’ve tried it too – yet more tweaking.

Does anyone have a more foolproof method for making sure the computer sound is at a lower volume than the microphone sound? I’d like to reduce the amount of time it takes to get all the audio levels perfect. The video seems to be OK.


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