How to set up an external Microphone on Zoom

How to set up external microphone on Zoom

How to set up an external Microphone on Zoom, and some great, inexpensive Mics and to choose from.

Zoom much? Probably, or you wouldn’t be here trying to figure out how to hook up an external microphone for your Zoom room, or Zoom conference call. Whether you are just using headphones with an in-line mic, or a special USB microphone that you bought for specifically for Zoom, we’ve got your audio guidelines covered. Also, after we teach you how to set up your Zoom audio, we’ve included some great wireless and UBS microphones that will work perfectly for your next Zoom broadcast.


  • Microphone, such as the built in microphone, a USB microphone or an inline microphone on headphones
  • Speakers or headphones

Testing Audio Before Joining a Meeting Using Audio Settings

If you haven’t enabled the setting to automatically join by computer audio, you can test your speaker and microphone before joining a meeting.

Before a meeting

  1. Plug in your USB Microphone to your computer, or your headphones with an inline mic.
  2. Log in to the Zoom client on your computer.
  3. Click your profile picture, then click Settings.
  4. Click the Audio tab.
  5. Follow the sections below to test your speaker or microphone.


During a Meeting

You can access your audio settings and test your audio when you are already in a meeting.

  1. In the meeting controls, click the arrow next to Mute/Unmute.
  2. Click Audio Options. This will open your audio settings.

Testing your Speaker

  1. Click Test Speaker to play a test tone.
  2. If you cannot hear it, select a different speaker from the menu or adjust the Volume.

Testing your Microphone

  1. In the Microphone section, you will see the green Input Level bar move when Zoom is picking up audio.
  2. Click Test Mic to test your microphone.
  3. Your audio will start recording. Click Recording when you are done and it will play back. You can select another microphone from the menu or adjust the input level.
  4. Check Automatically adjust microphone settings if you want Zoom to adjust the input volume automatically.

If you need more information, you can always check the Zoom website for more instructions and troubleshooting. Also, here is a video for more explanation: Joining and Configuring Audio and Video for Zoom

Here are some great external microphones and wireless options to use for your Zoom broadcast, interview or party room

iRig Mic 2 Handheld USB/iOS Condenser MicrophoneIK Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2 Handheld iOS/USB Microphone $99 US

A great USB condenser mic for Zoom broadcasts – IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic HD 2 offers high-definition 24-bit recording with up to 96kHz sampling rate in a convenient handheld design. The iRig Mic HD 2 has a built-in headphone output and volume control for capturing vocals and music, broadcasting, podcasting, live streaming, and more. The headphone output is great for monitoring Zoom, Skype, YouTube and other live streaming situations.  Recording is easy, thanks to this mic’s simple plug-and-play operation. And thanks to the inclusion of Lightning and USB cables, as well as a mic clip, travel pouch, and tabletop tripod, this microphone is ready for all travel and desktop recording situations.

iRig Mic StudioIK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio Large-Diaphragm Condenser USB Microphone $149 US

Want higher quality audio for your Zoom room? The iRig Mic Studio has a 1-inch diaphragm capsule to capture the most sensitive vocals. Compatible with everything, use the IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio with your Mac, PC, Android, or iOS device to make great-sounding recordings whenever inspiration strikes you! Monitor your performance with the convenient headphone output while you capture your music or vocals with 24-bit/up-to-48kHz audio quality. Easy to use, plug in the iRig Mic Studio and start recording vocals to your favorite apps. Includes a tripod tabletop stand, plus a mic clamp for use with a standard mic stand. The iRig Mic Studio is an inexpensive, studio-quality, desktop recording setup for every situation.

Hooke Verse 3D recording mic systemHooke Audio’s Hooke Verse 3D Microphone System $159

Need a wireless setup that works with your iOS or Android device for Zoom? The Hooke Verse is a portable, wireless mic system that allows you to record binaural audio for your podcast or voice-over without any fancy equipment. The wireless headphones/microphones connect via Bluetooth (although they have a USB cable that converts to 1/8” if needed). You can wear the Verse, monitor while you are recording using the headphones, and use your own head as the binaural centerpiece to make your very own 3D audio recordings. The Hooke Verse microphone system is compatible with iPhone, Android, GoPro, DSLR camera and Mac/PC.

Apple AirPods Pro Apple AirPods Pro $249 US

The AirPods Pro Bluetooth mic system fits securely into your ears and works perfectly in a situation needed for movement while teaching – without any extra clips or wires. The customizable silicone tips fit your ears comfortably to create a perfect seal, Designed to keep up with you, AirPods Pro are sweat and water resistant. The mics are located on the inside and the outside of the enclosures, so that teachers can speak and also hear what’s going on in the classroom.  The Apple-designed H1 chip employs 10 audio cores, creating incredibly low audio processing latency that enables real-time noise cancellation as well. Great for virtual group exercise classes.


iRig Mic Lav 2 pakIK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Lav 2-pak $79 US

Have a friend or colleague with you on your Zoom conference? Record in-person with the iRig Mic Lav 2-pak and your computer, or any 1/8 inch microphone or recording input. The iRig Mic Lavs are omni-directional lavalier mics that clip on to your shirt and can be used separately, or together, as great microphones to record YouTube videos, Zoom calls, Skype conferences and more. The iRig Mic Lavs can be daisy-chained together, so you only need to use one 1/8 inch recording input into your computer or recording device.

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