Covid-19 and the related lockdowns have forced everyone to adapt to new personal and working conditions. A huge number of people have taken to using Zoom as a communication platform, both for work meetings and for personal calls. Occasionally you may need to or want to record a call that you’re on. While you may be happy to record a straight copy of what you see or hear, you may also want to perform some more advanced editing too for a higher quality end result. This editing is particularly important if you’re producing professional content from your recordings.
If you want to edit the audio of a Zoom call, having everyone’s audio all recorded on the one audio track makes that a bit difficult. The ideal solution is to have a separate audio track for each user as this lets you specifically edit everyone’s audio independently. Thankfully for professional content producers, Zoom includes functionality to record a separate audio track for each user who speaks through a meeting.
If you want to enable the setting to separate everyone’s audio into distinct audio tracks, you can do so in Zoom’s settings. To access the settings, click on your user icon in the top-right corner, then click on “Settings”.
Once in the settings, switch to the “Recording” tab. To enable the setting, tick the checkbox labelled “Record a separate audio file for each participant who speaks”, which can be found second from the top.
Tip: Audio files can take up a fair amount of disk space, not as much as video, but certainly not a small amount either. Recording a separate audio track for each user will increase the space required on your computer to save the recording, so make sure you have enough free space, especially if you’re making a long recording.