Advanced Audio Settings on Zoom

Zoom Meetings, the video conferencing app we use for lessons and classes, released an update that brings in some exciting new audio features.

In this version, users now have access to the Advanced audio settings panel, and we worked a configuration that can improve the audio in your music lessons.

Important to note that these settings are not required in order to use the system and users can leave their settings as-is.

We recommend these settings to users if their audio was cutting off when playing over backing tracks, when playing in the higher or lower registers, or when playing sustained or percussive sounds.

Interested in trying these settings out?

A few quick observations:

• Make sure your Zoom Client for Meetings is up-to-date. Download and install the latest version here or on your App Store, or click "Check for Updates..." on the Zoom Client.
• These settings will affect the way your audio is sent to your peers in the meeting, but not the other way around, so feel free to share this page with your teacher/student if you believe they would benefit from them! Here's an easy-to-remember link:

Below are simple steps to get set up.
As always, contact us with any questions.

Choose the operating system:

Mac & Windows
iOS (iPhone/iPad) & Android

Mac & Windows

1 - Finding the Advanced Audio Settings Panel

The advanced panel is inside Zoom's audio settings.

Advanced Audio Settings on Zoom

2 - Optimal Settings for Music Lessons

In the advanced panel, mark the settings as follows:

• Show in-meeting option to "Enable Original Sound" from microphone - Checked*
• Supress Persistent Background Noise - Disabled
• Supress Intermittent Background Noise - Disabled
• Echo Cancellation - Auto

* in addition to being enabled, Original Sound needs to be switched on in the video window, explained in the 3rd step below.

Optimal settings for lessons on Lessonface

3 - Enabling Original Sound

Checking the box for Original Sound in the advanced settings panel will give you the ability to enable it on the video window, but it comes 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 switches off by itself)

Important note about Original Sound: 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. Having only step 2 above enabled and leaving Original Sound disabled is okay too! We want the natural sound of the room to be transferred, but not too much of it!

Enabling Original Sound on Lessonface

iOS & Android

1 - Zoom Settings

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

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2 - Join Meeting and Enable Original Sound

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


3 - You're all set!

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 as "background noise".

We'd love to hear your thoughts! Contact us by email or via the chat bubble on the bottom left corner.

Would like to schedule a tech-support session and go over these settings together? Book a free 15 or 30-min session here - just like a normal lesson.


HI there,

I went through all the instructions - but did not see the last step "enabling original sound".  I am in a choir group where I play music on my bose speaker from my computer and everyone sings along.  I mute everyone except for my music.  After applying these settings hopefully it will be clearer.  Does everyone have to do the same to their settings?

Elijah Bogdanov

It's very good to save the time of lessons by showing this page to your students or your teacher. Thank you very much!

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