Using and preserving original sound in a meeting in zoom App

Zoom’s Original Sound feature allows you to preserve the sound from your microphone without using its echo cancellation and audio enhancement functions. You do not need this enhancement if your microphone or sound equipment already includes these features.

In the Zoom desktop client, after you enable the feature to preserve original sound, you can also enable:

  • Zoom audio is optimized for highest quality in high fidelity music mode.
  • Zoom’s echo cancellation algorithms minimize background noise. Default settings enable this feature.
  • The default setting for stereo audio is to enable it to enhance your listening experience.

By enabling the feature to preserve original sound in the client, you can turn it on and off as needed during meetings.

Please refer to the sharing computer audio article if you need to share audio during screen sharing, either mono or stereo.

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Prerequisites for preserving original sound

  • A basic account with a credit card, a pro account, a business account, or an API partner account
  • with admin privileges
  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.4.7 (59784.1220) or higher
    • macOS: 5.4.7 (59780.1220) or higher
  • Zoom mobile app
    • Android: 5.4.7 (946) or higher
    • iOS: 5.4.7 (59782.1220) or higher

How to enable the in-meeting option for original sound

Desktop client

  1. Log in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click on your profile picture, then click Settings.
  3. Select Audio from the navigation menu.
  4. To enable “Original Sound”, select the Show in-meeting option under Music and Professional Audio.
    Your meeting will display the Original Sound setting in the top left corner.
  5. Check the High fidelity music box (optional).
  6. Check the Echo cancellation box (optional).
  7. Select the Stereo audio checkbox (optional).
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Mobile app

  1. Log in to the Zoom mobile app.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Meetings.
  4. Toggle the Use Original Audio option under Audio.

How to preserve original sound in a meeting

You can preserve original sound during a meeting after enabling the in-meeting option for original sound. Follow the instructions below.

Desktop client

  1. Log in to Zoom’s desktop client.
  2. Join or start a meeting.
  3. In the top-left corner, click Original Sound.
  4. Choosing a microphone that automatically uses original sound can be done by clicking the down arrow to the right of Original Sound.

Mobile app

  1. Log in to Zoom on your mobile device.
  2. Join or start a meeting.
  3. Click More….
  4. To enable the original sound, tap Enable Original Sound.