Best Audio Settings for ZoomHow to Enable Original Sound for Musicians on Zoom

Your Best Practices for Zoom Audio

Zoom, the video conferencing app Lessonface uses for lessons and classes, offers settings to improve your audio for music lessons and classes. See below how to activate them on your device.

Having trouble selecting the correct microphone and speaker devices on Zoom? Check out the Zoom Test page!

A few quick observations:

• Make sure Zoom is up to date. Download and install the latest version here or on your app store, or click "Check for Updates..." on the Zoom app.

• These settings will affect the way your audio sounds to your counterpart in the meeting but does not fix what you hear from them, so feel free to share this page with your teacher/student if you believe they would benefit! Here's an easy-to-remember link: Lessonface.com/ZoomAudio


Getting Started

Choose your operating system:

Mac & Windows
iPhone, iPad & Android

Contact us with any questions.


Mac & Windows

1 - Go to the Audio Settings Panel

Audio Settings on Zoom


2 - Make These Changes to the Audio Settings

Scrolling down on the audio settings page, mark the settings as follows:

• Automatically adjust microphone volume - Unchecked

• Volume level - Medium-high

• Original sound for musicians - Selected

• High fidelity music mode - Checked

• Echo Cancellation - Checked


The Audio Settings menu:

Optimal audio settings for lessons on Lessonface


3 - Enable Original Sound

Selecting the "Original sound for musicians" option in the audio settings panel will give you the ability to enable it on the video window, but it still defaults to being switched off.

Switch it on, and you're good to go!

(It's good to keep an eye on it from time to time in case it gets switched off by itself!)

Quick note about Original sound for Musicians: if you have a fan or some kind of continuous source of noise in the room, it's good to check with other meeting participants how your audio is coming out, as the noise can be a little distracting or hindering to the clarity of your sound output. In case it is, you might want to consider switching from "Original sound for musicians" to "Zoom optimized audio" on the audio settings, and then setting the "Background noise suppression" parameter to Low or Medium.

Enabling Original Sound on Lessonface


All done! These settings should prevent Zoom from filtering out musical sounds that it might consider "background noise".

We'd love to hear your thoughts! Contact us by email or via the blue help bubble on the bottom left corner. We hope you have great lessons with great audio on Lessonface!


Important for Windows 10/11 Users: Disable "Enable Audio Enhancements"

Windows 10 and 11 has an additional audio setting that precedes Zoom, and it needs to be disabled for audio to be optimal during music lessons. The name of the setting is "Enable audio enhancements". See below how to access it and disable it.


How to Find the Audio Enhancements Setting

1 - Open Control Panel

Press the Windows key or the search box on the task bar, type Control Panel and press Enter.


2 - Hardware and Sound

Click on Hardware and Sound (in green)


3 - Manage Audio Devices

Click on Manage Audio Devices


4 - Recording Tab

On the Sound panel, open the Recording tab.


5 - Default Device and Properties

Click the device that is marked as Default Device, then Properties. In case there a re multiple and the fix doesn't work with the default device, try the other devices as well, one at a time.


6 - Advanced Tab

On the Properties panel for the device, open the Advanced tab.


7 - Uncheck Enable Audio Enhancements and Apply

On the Advanced tab, uncheck the "Enable Audio Enhancements" checkbox, then hit Apply.

Important, if you are inside a Zoom meeting, it is likely that your microphone will stop working on the Zoom meeting. To fix it, simply exit the Zoom meeting and join again.

With Enable Audio Enhancements disabled, Windows will not cut out musical sounds and allow for a better music lesson experience.


Tech Support Session

Would like to schedule a tech support session and test these audio settings with a Lessonface staff member? Book a free 15 or 30-min session here - it's just like booking a regular lesson.

• View your lesson schedule and messages by going to your Lessonface Dashboard.

• Looking for music lessons? Click here.


iPhone, iPad & Android

1 - Go to Zoom Settings

Before you join the meeting, open the Zoom app on your device, go to Settings >> Meetings, and switch on "Use Original Sound".

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2 - Join Meeting and Enable Original Sound

Join any Zoom meeting (can be your lesson or the Lessonface Video Test Room), click More... and Enable Original Sound.

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3 - You're all set!

Original Sound will be enabled and Zoom's noise reduction will be turned off. Go to the same menu to disable Original Sound, if needed.


These settings should prevent Zoom from filtering out musical sounds that it might consider "background noise".

We'd love to hear your thoughts! Contact us by email or via the blue help bubble on the bottom left corner. We hope you have great lessons with great audio on Lessonface!


Tech Support Session

Would like to schedule a tech support session and test these audio settings with a Lessonface staff member? Book a free 15 or 30-min session here - it's just like booking a regular lesson.

• View your lesson schedule and messages by going to your Lessonface Dashboard.

• Looking for music lessons? Click here.