How to Record a Podcast on Zoom [Best Audio Settings Included]

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While Zoom is a video conferencing tool, its many features make it perfect for podcasting. Plus, it’s one of the easiest methods for holding video and audio podcast interviews.

So, how can you produce studio-quality podcasts on Zoom?

Our guide takes you through 7 easy steps on how to record a podcast on Zoom. We’ve also compiled special tips for improving your Zoom’s sound quality.

TL;DR – How to Record a Podcast on Zoom

Recording a podcast on Zoom is easy. Here is a quick rundown of the 7 steps we’ll explore further in the blog.

  1. Install Zoom and create a new meeting
  2. Select your equipment
  3. Optimize your Zoom audio settings
  4. Invite guests to the meeting
  5. Start recording your podcast
  6. Download your Zoom recordings and edit them
  7. Publish your podcasts

That’s all there is to using Zoom for podcasts!

Remember, if these steps sound daunting, there’s an easy and quick solution to creating podcasts — Hello Audio.

Our platform lets you create high-quality and seamless private podcasts from your existing media files. Additionally, with just a click, you can transcribe, edit, and deliver your podcasts directly to your audience’s listening apps, like Spotify.

Start creating podcasts today with Hello Audio (it’s free to try!).

Zoom Audio Settings for the Best Output

You can improve the quality of your video or audio with some tricks and hacks.

Under the ‘Audio Settings’ menu on Zoom and tweak the following:

1. Turn On the Original Sound on Zoom

By default, Zoom enables its built-in noise reduction feature to cut out echo and interference. When using a high-quality mic, it’s best to turn off the native Zoom noise reduction feature.

A prompt with ‘Original Sound for Musicians’ will appear at the top of your screen during recording. You can toggle it on to keep your original audio.

Dark background with a green button on screen.

This setting will enhance your audio quality during recording.

2. Record Separate Audio Tracks

Recording separate audio files for each speaker can make post-production editing easier. To do so, go to the ‘Recording’ settings and select the ‘Record a separate audio file for each participant’ option.

Settings page for local meeting app. Customize notifications, privacy settings, and profile information.

3. Uncheck ‘Echo Cancellation

Still, on the same ‘Audio Profile’ tab, uncheck the box next to ‘Echo Cancellation’ because your external mic has a built-in echo cancellation feature.

Settings page for audio profile: adjust sound preferences, volume levels, and audio settings for optimal listening experience.

4. Turn On High-Fidelity Music Mode

Although this feature is specifically designed for music recording, it’s also ideal for podcasting. So, check the box next to ‘High-Fidelity Music Mode’ to produce studio-quality podcasts.

Audio profile settings page with options for volume, balance, and equalizer settings.

5. Adjust Your Mic’s Input and Output Volume

You can adjust your microphone’s volume if it’s too loud or low. So, head to the ‘Microphone’ tab, then move the ‘Input Volume’ slider to your preferred level.

In addition, you can adjust your guests’ volume by clicking the ‘Speaker’ tab and moving the ‘Output Volume’ slider to your desired level.

Settings menu for sound settings in the app: adjust volume, choose sound effects, and customize audio preferences.

Try using these 5 tips to improve your recorded audio quality. Also, invest in simple podcasting equipment, which we shall cover in the next section.

Basic Zoom Recording Equipment You Need

You might be tempted to use your phone’s and computer’s built-in speakers and microphone, but don’t!

Consider these essential recording gear to get high-end audio and video.

Dedicated Podcasting Mic

Investing in a dedicated podcast mic is one of the most impactful ways to improve your Zoom meeting audio.

When shopping for an external mic, consider the audio quality, compact design, noise-cancellation features, and compatibility with Zoom.

You can start your search with simple, easy-to-use USB mics like the Blue Yeti X or XLR microphones like the Shure SM58S.

Video Conferencing Camera

You need a stand-alone webcam to capture high-quality videos. When shopping for a Zoom camera, consider features like full UHD or UHD resolution, auto-tracking, and auto-focus.

Pick standard webcams like the Nexigo 1080p HD Web Camera or the Logitech C920x HD Pro.


Headphones ensure crystal-clear Zoom meetings. They also prevent your mics from picking up echoes and feedback during recording. Plus, you can monitor your sound to improve your audio levels.

Consider a pair of headphones designed for comfort that offer impressive audio quality and have noise cancellation features.

Some of the best headphones for Zoom include Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.

To improve your Zoom podcasts further, consider additional equipment like an audio interface, a mic stand, and a pop filter.

In the next section, we’ll show you how to record a podcast on Zoom.

Close-up of a high-fidelity headphone lying on a wooden surface.

How to Record a Podcast on Zoom

Do you want to use Zoom for your podcast interviews? 

Follow these 7 steps to record podcasts on Zoom.

1. Install Zoom and Create a New Meeting

If you don’t have a Zoom account, create and install the free Zoom app at

Remember, the basic tier limits your call to 40 minutes. So, if you plan to host longer recordings, upgrade to the higher plans.

Once you’ve set up your Zoom account, select ‘New Meeting.’

Some other basic prepping tips to do in this stage include:

  • Settle for a good time and date for you and your attendees
  • Plug your device directly into the router for a stable internet connection
  • Brief your guests about the podcast questions

2. Select Your Equipment

Although Zoom allows you to use its built-in mics, it prompts you to select your external mic and camera. So, open the Zoom settings and choose your video and audio equipment.

Check your sound quality from here by selecting ‘Test Speaker and Microphone.’

3. Optimize Your Zoom Audio Settings 

You can adjust some Zoom settings to produce high-quality audio.

To recap what we discussed above, open the ‘Audio Settings’ tab then:

  • Enable ‘Original Sound’
  • Check the ‘Record a separate audio file for each participant.’
  • Uncheck the ‘Echo Cancellation’
  • Turn on ‘High-Fidelity Music Mode’
  • Adjust Your Mic’s Input and Output Volume

4. Invite Guests to the Meeting

Zoom lets you invite guests to your call through these two ways:

  • Press ‘Copy Invite Link’ and send it to your guests so they can join the meeting with a click.
  • Go to the Participants tab and click ‘Invite.’

Remember, you can also create a scheduled recording by selecting ‘Schedule.’ Then, send the attendees the link.

Alternatively, set the meeting for a later date directly from Google Calendar or Zoom for Google Workspace add-on.

Happy podcast duo wearing headphones at a studio desk.

5. Start Recording Your Podcast

Once your guests have joined your Zoom meeting, hit the ‘Record’ button. Remember, if you’re on the basic tier, you’ll only have 40 minutes to record.

Keep your conversation free-flowing and natural. When you are ready to end the meeting, click ‘Stop Recording.’

6. Download Your Zoom Recordings and Edit them

Once you’re done recording, Zoom will prompt you to save one M4A audio file for each separate track and an MP4 video file.

Plenty of editing software, like Audacity, Adobe Audition, and Garageband, are available for editing podcasts. You can download your recordings, upload them to your program, and polish them.

7. Publish Your Podcasts

The last step is to publish your recordings. If you want to host and distribute your podcasts to your exclusive audience, use Hello Audio.

It automatically generates RSS feeds and distributes your private podcasts on streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple, and Google Podcasts.

You can then grant access and share the podcast links with your listeners.

If you’re ready, start our free trial today — no credit card required.

Pros and Cons of Using Zoom to Record a Podcast

While Zoom is an easy choice, you should weigh its pros and cons for podcast recording.

Here’s a breakdown below:

Convenient and easy to useOnly offers up to 40 minutes of recording time for the basic tier
Allows multi-track recordingCompressed video and audio files
Lets you record podcasts remotelyThere’s a risk of disconnection or audio lags with a poor internet connection
Plenty of features like screen sharing and virtual backgrounds enhance Zoom meetingsNot reliable for professional-quality video and audio
Multiple attendees can join the recording

Overall, Zoom is not a dedicated podcast recording app. 

So, if you’re unhappy with the disadvantages we’ve listed above, check out our pick for the best Zoom alternatives in the next section.

Top Zoom Alternatives for Podcasters

Are you tired of Zoom limitations like the 40-minute call limit or the low video quality?

Check out our picks for the best Zoom alternatives.

Hello Audio

HelloAudio Homepage

If you’re looking for a private podcast platform, Hello Audio should be your top pick.

Here’s why:

  • Lets you convert video and audio files, including TikTok videos, meeting recordings, and courses, into private podcasts
  • Delivers your podcast directly to your preferred listening app like Overcast, Podcast Addict, and Apple Podcasts
  • Guarantees outstanding podcasts
  • Integrations with other tools like Zapier, ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, and more

Watch our instant demo and see how Hello Audio works.


SquadCast Homepage

SquadCast is another podcasting tool you can use instead of Zoom. Its free plan supports 1080 remote recordings. Additionally, if you or your guests have an internet disconnection, SquadCast has a Progressive Uploads feature to capture recordings until that point.

As you’ve seen, you can find a suitable Zoom alternative that is perfect for podcasting.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you still have questions about how to record a podcast over Zoom?

Here are the answers to two common questions.

Can You Edit a Zoom Recording?

Absolutely yes!

You can edit a recorded Zoom meeting using the pre-loaded editing tools in the Zoom app. Alternatively, download the recording and upload it to an editing program like Audacy to make the edits.

Generally, Zoom editing involves adding logos and captions, cleaning up the audio and video, and trimming and enhancing the recordings.

How Can I Convert Zoom Audio to WAV Files?

Some editing software like Audacity can help you convert Zoom M4A audio to WAV files.

A quick reminder — you can upload MP3, M4A, MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, and WAV files with Hello Audio. The files will be converted to MP3 and automatically delivered to your listeners.


To record Zoom podcast interviews, create a new Zoom meeting. Then, select your video and audio equipment and adjust your Zoom settings.

From here, you can invite your attendees and start recording your podcast. Lastly, edit and publish your podcasts.

While creating podcasts using Zoom is possible, consider Hello Audio to create and distribute private feeds on listening apps.

Our platform lets you turn your preexisting video and audio content into private podcasts. Plus, you won’t have to figure out how to record podcasts on Zoom.

Try Hello Audio today for free and experience a simple, powerful, and fun way to create podcasts.

Nora Sudduth - Hello Audio Co-Founder

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