Music mode is a new setting that enables musicians to sound their best when they perform on Clubhouse. When activated, it reconfigures the app to optimize for music rather than voice capture, including support for stereo audio. This results in a broadcast of similar quality to a studio recording. It also allows for the use of pro audio equipment, e.g., external USB microphones or mixing boards.
Note: Music mode is currently available on iOS.
To activate music mode
- Simply tap the three-dots menu when in a room
- Select the “Audio Quality” item from the menu
- Choose the “Music” option from the quality selector. You can switch back to Normal mode at any time.
The following configurations are supported:
- iPhone stereo microphone (e.g., Shure MV88) connected via Lightning port
- USB stereo microphone (e.g., Blue Yeti) connected via Apple Lightning-to-USB adapter
- USB external input (e.g., iRig HD 2) connected via Apple Lightning-to-USB adapter
- USB external sound board connected via Lightning-to-USB adapter
- iPhone built-in mics (requires iPhone 11 or later). Note that when using the built-in mics with wired headphones, it’s important that the headphones NOT have their own internal mic, as this will cause that mic (which is mono) to be used instead of the phone’s stereo mics. Wired headphones without a mic will work correctly.
Note that headphone jack (AKA TRRS) connections such as the iRig and iRig 2 are not stereo-capable. While such connections will work with music mode, they will not produce the same quality as the supported configurations above.
Headphones are required in all cases to avoid creating echo when others speak.
Have fun with music mode - looking forward to hearing more great music on Clubhouse!
- Broadcast encoding: Opus, 2 channels, 48KHz sampling rate, 128 kbps bit rate
- Recording encoding: AAC, 2 channels, 48KHz sampling rate, 128 kbps bit rate