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
Check for Zoom Updates
Update to the latest version of Zoom
Go to Settings/preferences > Audio >
Change Suppress Background Sound to “Low”
Go to Settings/preferences > Audio > Advanced (at bottom left)
Check Show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone
Change Echo Cancellation to “Auto”
Check/Tick Box for High Fidelity Music Mode
Exit out of Settings/preferences
Go to the top left of the main video screen
Click once “Turn On Original Sound”
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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Congratulations, you’ve been booked to be on a podcast. What you do before the interview will go a long way and only takes a few minutes of prep and mental energy.
There are four simple steps to being amazing;
Step 1 – Be Prepared : Content
Step 2 – Be Prepared: Technical
Step 3 – Be The Best You
Step 4- Be Cool: Relax and Have Fun
The below should help you be the best guest you can be, feel comfortable and have a hopefully good time.
1 – Be Prepared: Content
It seems obvious that being prepared is a key point in being a great guest, but yet common sense is actually not that common. Most podcasters will provide you with the questions in advance. If not, then all you have to do is ask. Asking will show your professionalism and that you are serious about being a podcast guest. Practise and review your talking points and this will go a long way.
2 – Be Prepared: Technical
Being prepared also means setting up your environment and equipment so that you can get the best quality audio. It would be such a waste if you prepared all your content and presented it in the interview to perfection and none of it was captured because your microphone was not set up properly. So make sure to be in a quiet place in your house with strong internet connection and good lighting. Set up your microphone and webcam for Zoom so that it works and is comfortable for you. Do a quick test run on everything to check it is working smoothly and will not be an interruption during the interview.
3 – Be The Best You
No one is more you than you. You were chosen to be a guest because you have knowledge and expert opinions on the subject you know. That’s what the audience wants to hear. Understand your strengths, what you have achieved and what you are interested in. Ultimately understand who you are because no one can bring your voice into the interview better than yourself.
4 – Be Cool: Relax and Have Fun
Take a deep breath and smile. An interview is simply a conversation. There’s no need to over-complicate anything and the host is there to help bring out the best in you. You are well prepared and ready to go. So just have fun with it. Speak as you normally would while talking with a friend and let the conversation flow naturally.
There you have it. In just four super simple steps you will end up being the best guest for listeners and your podcast host. Who knows, maybe you have a career being a guest on podcasts and this is just the start!