In most FaceTime calls, you’ll probably want to cancel background noise to make sure you can be heard clearly. But it’s actually the opposite of what you need if you’re trying to share the sounds around you on your call, whether it’s a noisy AC unit or a beautiful bird outside the window.

FaceTime, Apple’s built-in video and audio calling platform, allows you to do just that with its wide spectrum feature. Here’s how you can use it on your Mac.

What is Wide Spectrum on FaceTime?

Wide Spectrum is a FaceTime audio feature that Apple released with the launch of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. This is one of the new mic modes available on FaceTime with voice isolation.

Unlike voice isolation, which blocks out ambient noise in FaceTime, Wide Spectrum amplifies background sounds to capture the cacophony of noise around you. This can be helpful if you’re sharing your Mac with multiple people in the same room who will also need to listen on a call or if there’s a sound in your environment that you want to share.

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Wide spectrum allows your Mac to take details from your environment and amplify them so that the person on the other end of the call can hear them better.

This can be exceptionally useful if you want to focus on sounds other than your voice. Whether you’re sharing annoying background noises or soothing music, Wide Spectrum allows your friends to share the experience with you.

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