How to Record Audio from Skype

Hi there,

I am aiming to complete a university project whereby I conduct skype interviews with musicians I know and post the results in an audio player or inbedded soundcloud link on a website.

I used to be able to record computer audio easily when using audacity but it is currently impossible to do with any settings.

The possible settings on my screen are as follows:

Audio Host:
MME/Windows DirectSound/ Windows WASAPI

Recording Device:
Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio) (loopback)

Recording Channels:
1 (Mono) Recording Channel
2 (Stereo) Recording Channels


Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)

Please help! Also thank you for having me on the forums


Recording both sides of the conversation is “tricky” and I believe most people use [u]Pamela[/u].

Since Microsoft bought Skype, they have been making some very serious and rapid changes. Many of the older recorder software packages and even Audacity itself either don’t work at all, deliver distorted work, or are unstable and unreliable, or in extreme, unsupported or missing.

As far as I can tell, Pamela still works, VoiceMeeter Banana, and may still work. VoipCallRecorder is now called MP3 Skype Recorder and that’s not a feature. MP3 is not recommended for audio production because the files have distortion built-in and it gets worse as you edit.

The recommended reliable recording techniques are physical, not software.

Use two computers with Skype on one and Audacity on the other and a mixer in the middle. The Audacity computer can be a personal recorder.

You can use Local Recording. Most of the time, if you simply launch a recording program, you will get your local microphone and not the Skype far end. Each person in the conference records their own microphone and sends the sound files to you for mixing into the final show.

A variation on that is for each person to wear headphones and use the recording program on their phone to capture their own voice. Send the files to you.

Down at the bottom of the list and assuming you have a quiet room, is use your laptop speakers for Skype and set your phone to record the room from the table in the middle.

I know this seems like it should be a drop-dead simple project, but it’s not. If you find another way, let us know.