How can I share high-quality audio via Zoom?


If you collaborate on music remotely via Zoom, the preferred option is to ensure maximum audio quality to create the highest productivity and effective collaboration. Below we will walk you through how to use Audiomovers’ industry-standard plugin LISTENTO in conjunction with Zoom to enable your remote music collaborations to reach that next level of excellence and mimic the standards achieved during in-person recording sessions. 

First, let’s ensure you have everything you need for the remote recording session.

  • A stable internet connection
  • The most up-to-date version of Zoom 
  • The DAW of your choice 
  • The LISTENTO plugin (or desktop application) 

In order to get the best audio quality possible for your remote sessions, the person transmitting audio will need to have an active LISTENTO license. Don’t fret if you don’t have one, you can grab a free 2-day trial to test this setup and see how it works for you before committing to the paid subscription. 

Setting up your session

Step 1: Start your video call 

Your video call will be your main form of communication during remote sessions. We recommend starting with this step to ensure you can easily communicate with each other during the next steps. 

When using Zoom you can see the latency of your video call by going into Settings, the Statistics and clicking across to Video. You can then match your latency preferences in LISTENTO. 

Step 2: Setting up your DAW

Now that you can freely communicate with each other, you can now begin setting up the session within your DAW.  Open your DAW of choice and insert an instance of the LISTENTO plugin on the master bus of the project that you are collaborating on. 

Launch the plugin and enter your Audiomovers username/email and password and click ‘login’. Once logged in, the ‘Start Transmission’ button will become available and you can begin streaming your audio.

3. Prepare your stream and name it

Set your session name, go with the default, or select a random session name. Bear in mind that if you wish to run multiple sessions and use the same session name, anyone with the link will still be able to listen in to your stream. 

This is great if you’re collaborating with the same people over a number of days or weeks, but if you’re jumping from project, you should use a session name that relates to the project, or use the random session name generator and share new links each time. 

Click “Copy Link” to copy a stream session link to your clipboard.

4. Getting started and testing your stream

Press “Start Transmission” to begin streaming. You can send your session link to anyone you want to share your stream with. 

Before you share the link, you’ll likely want to test that it’s working. You can copy the stream link, and test it yourself. Simply hit ‘thru mute’ to mute the audio from the DAW, and test that the stream is audible by pasting the link in your own web browser or mobile app. NB. 

LISTENTO streaming links have been heavily tested in multiple web browsers, but we recommend Google Chrome for optimum performance.

Factors that affect audio quality when collaborating via Zoom 

When collaborating on music remotely via Zoom, there are several factors that can affect audio quality. Firstly, the quality of the internet connection can have a significant impact on the clarity and consistency of the audio. Poor internet connection can lead to drop outs, high latency, and other distortions in the sound. 

Secondly, the type and quality of microphones being used by the collaborators can also affect the audio quality. Low-quality microphones may produce muffled or distorted sound, while high-quality microphones can capture the nuances of the music accurately. 

Additionally, the software and equipment used to record and mix the music can also have an impact on the final sound quality. It is essential to ensure that all collaborators are using compatible software and hardware, and that the recording and mixing processes are carried out carefully to produce the best possible sound. 

Overall, careful consideration of these factors can help ensure that remote music collaborations over Zoom result in high-quality audio output.

What is Zoom’s High Fidelity audio feature? And why should I still opt for LISTENTO? 

Zoom’s High Fidelity Audio feature is an advanced audio codec that is designed to improve the audio quality of Zoom meetings. This feature uses a new audio codec called Opus, which provides high-quality, low-latency audio for real-time communication. 

The High Fidelity Audio feature is particularly useful for remote music collaborations or other situations where high-quality audio is essential. It supports sample rates of up to 48 kHz and a bit depth of up to 96 bits, which allows for high-resolution audio transmission. 

Although Zoom’s High Fidelity Audio feature is useful for remote music collaboration, it does not trump the power, accessibility, and versatility of LISTENTO. 

LISTENTO creates a remote streaming and recording experience that reflects many of the benefits of the in-person studio experience. With LISTENTO you can stream uncompressed, lossless audio in real-time to anyone, anywhere in the world, allowing you to collaborate on projects in real-time, symbiotically prioritizing audio quality and user experience in tandem. It’s easy to use and is compatible with most DAW’s, you can collaborate seamlessly with your team regardless of their location.  

For faultless remote audio recording, Audiomovers easily outshines other remote audio collaboration tools on the market, supporting lossless multichannel audio, delivering up to 7.1.4 surround sound, and offers stability and the unique ability to adjust latency and bit rate. 

Turning your DAW into an online recording studio and allowing you to stream lossless audio with as low as 0.1 latency.