Thought Leadership

Yale-led effort yields Zoom upgrades 

 published on the Zoom website, the new functionality allows users “to disable echo cancellation and post-processing and get rid of compression” and increases the “audio codec quality from 22kHz to 48kHz, 96Kbps mono/192Kbps stereo for professional audio transmission in music education and performance applications.” 

“The biggest change,” Anderson said, “was to run the Opus codec at a higher bit rate.”

“We got pretty close to what we were after,” LeFevre said. “The audio quality took a huge jump forward. They got rid of the filters that were negatively impacting live music.”

LeFevre invited Berman to beta-test the enhanced functionality. 

“I found it substantially better than what Zoom used to offer up until now,” Berman said. 

 Metcalfe reached out to a skeptical colleague in the Annapolis area who tested the beta product with a saxophone student in Baltimore. “He went in very skeptical,” Metcalfe said. “By the end of it, he was sold.” Others who did beta testing in and around Peabody “were impressed,” he said. For users who may not be as technologically savvy as he and LeFevre are, using the new functionality is a matter of “clicking a couple of preference settings.” 

The enhanced functionality “is, of course, a positive step in the right direction,” Berman said, a useful tool for teachers and students who are adapting to the moment while looking forward to a return to in-person music-making.