Optimizing your Audio 

for live music on

Many of us are using Zoom for online gatherings and meetings. Some of us are also using Zoom for corporate worship services. In its default settings, Zoom is optimized to provide great quality audio for speech. When we get into playing live music on a Zoom call, we can have a more difficult time getting the same quality output.


This is due to the compression and noise reduction that Zoom puts on your audio after it comes into the microphone. As mentioned earlier, the default settings are for speech but they can be changed to make a big difference to how your live music sounds.


In the bottom left of your Zoom call feed is the audio option. Click on the arrow next to the microphone and select Audio Settings.


Then make sure the Automatically Adjust Volume is NOT checked.


You can now select how much signal comes into the Zoom call when you are playing music. You want to make sure there is not too much input signal coming into the computer or it will distort. You can use the slider marked input volume below the indicator bar to manage your gain but make sure you test this before you start playing.

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Then go to the bottom right of the Audio Settings box and select Advanced. When you have selected Advanced, you will do three things: 

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1. Make sure the Show in Meeting option is checked.

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2. In the box next to Suppress Persistent Background Noise, click the down arrow and select Disable.

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3. In the box next to Suppress Intermittent Background Noise, click on the down arrow and select Disable.

With these settings, you should be able to get a more true sound from your microphone and not have the internal processing that Zoom applies to optimize speech.