OK, you did it – you sang your first song on ZOOMAROKE! Now it’s time to learn important details we left out to make your first song easier…
THE HARDEST PART OF ZOOMAROKE!
When you’re in the audience, and a singer is finishing their song, your biggest challenge is this:
1) BEFORE CHEERING, UNMUTE YOURSELF!
2) BEFORE CHEERING, WAIT FOR THE SINGER TO “JOIN AUDIO”!
3) DON’T CLAP – MAKE VOCAL SOUNDS – WHOOP & HOLLER!
When someone finishes singing, they can’t hear you until they “Join Audio” on their computer. They also can’t hear you until you “Unmute” yourself. And finally – they can’t hear clapping either! Only your “WHOOP”s, hollers and other vocal expressions of appreciation!
When the singer finishes their last note, click your “Unmute” button in the bottom left corner:
…THEN WAIT for the singer to “Join Audio” on their computer! Watch their window for a message that says, “connected to audio”, or just wait for DJ Purple to say, “MAKE SOME NOISE!”
BUT WAIT AGAIN! NO CLAPPING!!! NO ONE CAN HEAR YOUR CLAPS! GO “WHOOP! WHOOP!” INSTEAD!
Zoom interprets clapping as “background noise” and filters it out so NO ONE CAN HEAR YOUR CLAPPING! INSTEAD, GO “WHOOP! WHOOP!” Make enthusiastic whooping, hollering or other encouraging animal noises to show your appreciation for the singer!
(If you happen to see someone else clapping and you can hear it… there are special Zoom settings to re-enable clapping, but there is a price to be paid for these dark secrets…)
MORE WAYS TO BE A GREAT AUDIENCE!
1) Pay attention! Simply watching the singer and reacting to their performance goes a long way!
2) Get fancy! Dress up! Looking out and seeing a crowd of fine, fancy people will inspire everyone to bring their A-game and make a great show!
3) Virtual Backgrounds! If your computer is capable, adding a lively background helps turn ZOOMAROKE into a real nightclub!
4) Real backgrounds! Decorate your wall, dim the lights!
5) Dancing is the best! This is Dance Karaoke after all!
PAUSE YOUR MUSIC & LYRICS PLAYER WHEN NOT SINGING!
After you sing your first song, and before the next singer starts, you need to pause your music & lyrics player. Otherwise you’ll hear the music doubled and out of time for all the other singers:
Go to your music & lyrics player window, move your mouse over the bottom left corner, and click the pause button:
USE “THEATER MODE” FOR THE MUSIC & LYRICS PLAYER
We recommend using “Theater Mode” to hide all the extra buttons, badges and clutter on Twitch. The “Theater Mode” control is in the bottom right area of the music & lyrics player window:
HOW TO FIX ANNOYING INTERNET SOUND/TIMING “GLITCHES”
Getting a good sound for your voice in ZOOMAROKE is hard! In general, faster internet service and newer routers get the best results, but even with these, other mysterious factors sometimes cause interference, like timing delays or glitches. Fortunately, if needed, we have a solution for these!
If DJ Purple lets you know there are excessive timing delays happening on your songs, go back to the welcome message in the Zoom chat, and find the “Google Voice number for timing issues.”
When your next turn to sing comes up, call this number on your phone – you’ll be singing on the phone call. Usually this fixes timing delays! The sound quality is lower than the Zoom audio connection on your phone, so we only use this alternative when necessary.
ABOUT THE ZOOM TEXT “CHAT” FEATURE
If you arrive at the show in between songs, when everyone is unmuted, first make sure that you yourself are unmuted, then speak up and say hello to everyone! However, if you happen to arrive during a song when everyone is muted, use the ZOOM TEXT CHAT to say hello and be sociable!
***IMPORTANT – DJ Purple is not available on the Zoom chat. If you have a question, please speak up and ask between songs, or ask “Everyone” in the chat!
When you join the Zoom “Microphone Room” with your phone, make sure to provide the same name you’re using in the main session
This will help DJ Purple find your phone when it’s your turn to sing!
You are now ZOOMAROKE Master, Level 2!
To become an ULTIMATE MASTER of ZOOMAROKE, check out ZOOMAROKE PART 3, which covers troubleshooting and making your voice sound the absolute best possible when you sing!