I host a heavily downloaded podcast. I’d love to record interviews with Skype, but I can’t. I am reduced to plugging my 1/4" cable into a cell phone [!] to interview guests.
This is because, whenever I record with Skype (not when I use Skype casually, without recording), there is a mysterious whooshing sound that occurs and even grows louder as I speak, and then instantly goes away as soon as the guest speaks. I have been told that this problem is due to settings on the interviewee’s end, but I have excellent reason to believe that has nothing to do with it.
Here’s a link to what I’m experiencing: https://soundcloud.com/user463600875/skypehiss
That clip begins with my guest, and then I respond and you can hear the whooshing almost immediately.
I am using an Alesis MultiMix4, plugging an XLR mic into it, and connecting the mixer to the computer to pick up the Skype via USB. This mic has no problems, and no problems with this mixer specifically, when I am recording videos, etc. The whooshing occurs only with Skype, and only while I am speaking. It completely disappears after that.
I don’t want to get a whole new mixer, only to find the problem persisting.
Can anyone conceive of what on earth can be happening here? I can find no one anywhere having a comparable problem. What could I possibly be missing?