How To Get Zoom High-Quality Audio For Podcast Recordings

Watch the above video or TLDR if you don’t have time:

Zoom has a somewhat new feature called “Enable Original Sound”. It is their version of high quality/high-fidelity audio. Which is just them taking off their compressors and noise reduction effects. This means much cleaner audio for the other end which then means, much better quality recordings.

Unfortunately, most people and podcasters, in general, don’t know about this. Why? Because it’s buried deep (2 layers) into the audio > advanced settings.

It’s super easy to do it though and should take you anywhere from 1 min – 3 minutes. It will be longer if you haven’t updated your Zoom in the last 6 months or so.

NOTE – This applies to a computer/laptop using the Zoom app. This technique does not apply for using Zoom through a web browser or on a mobile phone. How to do this on mobile is below or here. It’s not possible on the web browser at the time of publishing this post.

If you want to know how to make your home and office recordings sound better, please go here.

Enable Zoom App High-Quality Audio on a Computer

  1. Check for Zoom Updates
  2. Update to the latest version of Zoom
  3. Go to Settings/preferences > Audio >
  4. Change Suppress Background Sound to “Low”
  5. Go to Settings/preferences > Audio > Advanced (at bottom left)
  6. Check Show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone
  7. Change Echo Cancellation to “Auto”
  8. Check/Tick Box for High Fidelity Music Mode
  9. Exit out of Settings/preferences
  10. Go to the top left of the main video screen
  11. Click once “Turn On Original Sound”
  12. It’s on when it says “Turn Off Original Sound” (Not great UX, but I’ll take anything as an audiophile that wants better Zoom quality sound)

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Mobile app

  1. Sign in to the Zoom mobile app.
  2. Start or join a meeting.
  3. Tap More.
  4. Tap Enable Original Sound.