Using audio from your DAW in a video conference call
Forward: Requires a hardware audio interface and a DAW like Logic X, ProTools or Reaper.
So you want to run a session in your DAW and share it via zoom? No problem. All you need is a free app called SoundFlower. On mac the installation is a bit tricky but if you follow the directions in the link you should be able to get it to successfully install. It took me a few tries so don’t get discouraged.
The long and short of it is this app allows you to set the output of your DAW to something that Zoom and other apps will recognize.It opens up a huge pallet of tools to mix and process great sounding audio with your favorite DAW and broadcast it simply inside a conferencing app. You are of course still at the mercy of Zoom’s audio compression and dithering algorithms. And the limitations of your internet connection.
The other thing to keep in mind is latency. You can limit the issue by lowering your DAW’s buffer side but it will ask a lot of your computer’s CPU. 128 samples per second is a standard benchmark. One good strategy to hear yourself with no latency and still broadcast the high quality audio is to use the output of your DAW for the broadcast and the software that comes with your interface to create your headphone mix. This concept will take some switching back and forth and making a few recordings to reference while you set it up and get it dialed in will really help. This would be referred to as direct monitoring vs. software monitoring.
Exploring buffer size
Exploring concepts with the Focusrite Control Software. These concepts should translate to most hardware/ software combinations.
Implementing software in Logic X.