How to Send Sound Effects into Zoom

Written by on March 22, 2021

We’ve all been there. It’s a boring zoom meeting and we want to break the ice with a hilarious sound. You know, like a clown horn, or maybe something more subtle like the sound of a babbling brook. However you plan on using virtual sound effects in your Zoom meetings, this video and blog post can help.


It’s not that easy to route audio from OBS to Zoom

So everybody gets the urge to send sound effects into Zoom at some time or another, right? The problem is that there is no feature like this built into zoom, so sending custom audio effects into Zoom isn’t going to be easy for everyone. It requires you to use virtual audio cables to do it right and you need to download them from the internet. I suggest getting them for your Mac or PC from VB-Audio cables. Luckily, once you have those virtual audio cables installed, you can watch this video to see exactly how you can use them to play any audio you would like into Zoom.

In the above video, you can see how to play any sound effect, music or even video effect with audio into your Zoom meetings using OBS. You can also use a bunch of other great video production software like Wirecast or vMix but OBS is by far the most popular.

Send sound effects in Zoom meetings

By the way: Many of you may have seen popular videos about how to connect OBS and Zoom. That is going to be the core of conversation today except you are only going to learn about audio and audio effects. If you want to see the entire process for video and audio check out the links below.

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Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Download and install OBS
  2. Download the Audio Monitor Plugin
  3. Download and install a Virtual Audio Cable
  4. Launch Zoom
  5. Connect your microphone and load your audio clips into OBS
  6. Set up your virtual audio cable as your microphone input



Assuming that you have watched the included video, you should have a pretty good idea of how to connect OBS audio into Zoom. You can play super cool pump up music for your Zumba classes, or whatever you really want to use it for! Be sure to tune in for our next live show. You can get the live show notification emails at the link below. Cheers.


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  • Learn why you should use OBS to record your Zoom meetings here
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