Skype audio recording

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justaquest
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Skype audio recording

Post by justaquest » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:49 pm

Hi all,

I need to register some Skype conversations.
Currently I'm using a classical headphone & microphone for smarphone, via audio jack.

I can register what others are saying, but I cannot register my voice.
Or viceversa.

Is there same way to capture both?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Skype audio recording

Post by kozikowski » Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:02 am

I believe Skype, like Zoom, has a recording service. They will record both sides of the conversation and send you the sound file. I believe at last check, Zoom will record both sides separately and send you the files.

That's the easy solution. As you're finding, doing it all yourself is an uphill climb.

Both Zoom and Skype take over your computer and there isn't a lot you can do about it without destroying the interview.

You can record you on a stand-alone recorder and let the computer do the far side. Headphones are a really good idea. I use a Zoom (oddly enough) H1n recorder for local voice.

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You can do it with two computers and a small mixer. That's what this is.

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The right-hand computer is running Skype. Little does it know that I sneaked the speaker and microphone feeds from the mixer rather than real life. The left-hand machine is running Audacity—recording either mixed or separate sound files. This is how the broadcasters do it when someone "calls in" to a show.

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You can do this with three "people." One of the "people" is really a second computer who is logged into the interview but doesn't say anything. Its sole job is to record both sides. Sneaky, right?


I don't know of a good way for one computer to do everything. You're pushing against a multi-billion dollar company determined to do it their way.

If you run across anything, post back. It doesn't count if you find a one-off. There's a podcast done by a performer and his brother across the country. They use Audacity, just push record and go. Nobody else on earth can do that. He's looking at the rest of us like we're crazy.


There is one more two-machine solution. I put a special bi-directional microphone in my ear and plug it into a small recorder.

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It will record me and anything I hold up to my ear (like a cellphone).

https://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/cli ... dTest4.mp3

Koz

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Re: Skype audio recording

Post by kozikowski » Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:06 am

There can be some surprises with the Skype and Zoom recording methods. Try it first as a test before you call the governor for a once in a lifetime interview.

And even then, record it two different ways.

One of the surprises early on was Zoom taking a week to get the sound files to you. I think they're all caught up now.

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Re: Skype audio recording

Post by steve » Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:39 am

justaquest wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:49 pm
Is there same way to capture both?
"Pamela for Skype". The "Basic" version is free but has a max recording time of 15 minutes.
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