How to Setup a Mix Minus for Recording Skype

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If you need to setup a mix-minus to record Skype for your podcast, this tutorial will show you the gear* you’ll need and how to connect it all together.

Below is a complete photo walkthrough of the mix-minus setup demonstrated in the video above.

The basic concept of a mix-minus is to input multiple sources of audio into an audio mixer (your microphone, sound cart, phone messages, Skype, etc.) then send that audio back out to Skype, minus (without) the Skype caller’s voice.

This setup is achieved by using an auxiliary output to selectively send certain audio out of the mixer. If you send all the audio that is in the mixer, back to Skype, then the person on the other side will hear a feedback loop of their own voice. So we need to exclude (minus) Skype’s audio (the person’s voice) from going back into Skype.

Depending on your mixer’s manufacture, the auxiliary output may be labeled Aux, FX or Mon Send. They’ll all work as auxiliary outputs in this setup.

Before We Begin

In this tutorial, I’m using the Aux Send B (post-fader) to send my microphone and a sound cart (via Bossjock app) to Skype.

If your mixer has both pre and post aux faders (labeled Aux A and Aux B here), you can use either one. Don’t get too distracted by this part but here’s how they differ from each other.

A pre-fader (A) is unaffected by the channel’s volume slider/knob. This means that if you use a pre-fader then you cannot control the volume of the audio being sent out of the Aux Send (to Skype) by using the channel’s volume fader. This can be useful if you are changing each channel’s volume in real-time to affect the recorded. By using the pre-fader, you can set the volume levels for Skype and leave them unaffected by changes you make using the volume faders on each individual channel.

Using a post-fader (B) simply means that the audio passes through the individual channel’s volume fader before getting sent out to the auxiliary send. With a “post fader,” you must turn up both the Aux B send fader/knob on that channel and that channel’s volume fader in order for the audio to be heard out of the Aux Send channel. This can be useful if you want to affect the level being sent to Skype by moving each channel’s volume fader/knob.

It’s much more complex sounding than it really is and it will be explained again below.

Take your time. Pause the video following each step so that you can perform the setup on your own mixer as you watch. Replay as necessary.

When you’re ready to test your setup, Skype has a test calling service (echo123) that will allow you to place a test call as if you had an interviewee on the line.

Add “echo123” to your contact list and use this to test your setup as often as you need.

Step by Step Mix-Minus Walkthrough with Photos

 

****KEYRed Arrows = cable, Yellow Box = mixer input/ouput, Blue Box = Mixer Controls****

 

Step 1 – Mixer and Cabling

For a proper mix-minus setup you’ll need a mixer with an “Auxiliary (Aux) Send” (yellow box in image). These channels allow you to choose which individual channels (1-8 on this mixer) get sent out of the mixer.

The knobs pictured inside the blue box (click the image to enlarge) are used to effectively turn on or off the Aux Send for each channel.

In this setup, I’m sending out the audio coming into the mixer, minus the channel that has Skype on it (7/8).

This is demonstrated in the video by turning the Aux B for channels 7/8 all the way to the left so that none of audio on 7/8 is being sent out of the Aux Send.

Step 1 Mixer with Aux Send

The yellow box, in the above image, shows you where the AUX SENDS are located on this particular mixer. This mixer has two auxiliary outputs, one pre (A) and one post (B) fader. You only need one Aux Send in order to perform a mix-minus.

Each additional auxiliary output provides the opportunity to create another mix-minus setup within a single mixer. This is useful if you are trying to do a multichannel setup, separating various Skype callers onto their own audio track.

Cabling

Mike Phillips (@McPhillips) wrote an excellent article on choosing the best cables for “Interfacing Skype with a Mixer.” You should definitely read why the cables listed in the article and below are best for this setup.

The adapted cables you see me using in the video, while not the best options, have worked fine for me. But as Mike points out in his article, anytime you use a adapter “you add a potential point of failure.”

I wish I had seen that article before I made the video. Take Mike’s advice and use these cables:

XLR cable

Stereo Mini (3.5mm) Male to 2 Mono 1/4" Male Insert Y-Cable

Stereo Mini Male to 1/4" Mono Male Cable3.5mm TRS to Dual RCA cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2 – Plug in the Microphone(s) and Get Initial Levels

Step 2 - Plug in Mic and Set an Initial Level

Here you see I’ve plugged in my microphone to channel one using an XLR cable. I’ve turned the gain knob (first blue box below the mic input on the mixer) to its center position and the fader for channel one (blue box, lower left corner) to the center as well.

I’ve also turned the fader for the “Main Mix” (blue box on far right, bottom) to the middle position. The Main Mix knob controls the overall level of all the audio being sent out of the Main Outputs. This is what will be going to your recording.

These initial settings are just a start to confirm that we’re receiving audio from the microphone into the mixer.

Speak into the microphone at normal levels to confirm that you are receiving an audio signal.

If you have more than one microphone, repeat the setup process.

To learn how to setup proper microphone levels for dialog, see this tutorial.

 Step 3 Plug in Aux Send Cable to Mixer and Computer Input

Step 3 - Plug Aux Send into the Computer

 

The next step is to take a cable out of your mixer’s auxiliary send channel and plug that into your computer. This will be how Skype receives the audio coming from your mixer.

The red arrow indicates the proper cable for inputting audio into the computer. Referring to Mike’s article on cabling for a mix-minus it’s important to note:

Most Internet broadcasters and podcasters are (or should be) using an auxiliary send on the mixer to send a mix-minus feed to Skype. That feed is mono. Most desktop and USB computer sound cards have stereo inputs. Skype really only looks at the left channel for its input, but some cheap, no-name sound cards may actually get the channels reversed internally. Therefore, it’s a good idea to feed to audio from the aux send on the mixer to both the left and right channels of the computer sound card.

A good solution is to use the Hosa CMP-105 cable, pictured here. The CMP-105 has a 1/8 inch TRS plug on one end and a ¼ inch TS plug on the other. The tip of the ¼ inch plug is connected to the tip and ring of the 1/8 inch TRS plug. The ¼ inch mono plug connects to the mixer’s aux out jack, and the 1/8 inch plug connects to the computer sound card. Even though Skype is mono and only sees the left channel of the audio input, the CMP-105 causes audio to appear on both the left and right inputs of the computer sound card.

Again, I’m using the aux B (post fader) to send audio to the computer. An another explanation of post and pre faders can be seen the end of the video which begins at 9:20.

In the video, you’ll notice that the input to the computer is being handed by a device called a “Griffin iMic.

If your computer doesn’t have a 3.5mm microphone input (e.g. Apple Macbook Pro models later than 2011) then you’ll need a device like this to input audio from the mixer to the computer.

When you setup your Skype audio preferences, you’ll want to select this device as your “microphone input.”

Step 4 – Plug the Computer (Skype) into the Mixer 

Output from Computer to Mixer

In the picture above, the iMic is being used as my ouput from the computer. This is the same as using your computer’s headphone output. Either one will work.

Plug a Stereo Mini (3.5mm) Male to 2 Mono 1/4″ Male Insert Y-Cable into your computer’s 3.5mm output and connect the two male mono 1/4″ plugs into a stereo channel on your mixer. If you don’t have any available stereo channels, just plug the left (grey) plug into a mono channel.

Skype is mono only so there is no advantage to plugging into a stereo channel on your mixer besides not having to leave the right (orange) 1/4″ lead dangling. That said, it is fine to leave it out just make sure it’s not laying somewhere that will cause it to create unwanted noise.

Step 5 (optional) – Plug In Any Additional Audio to the Mixer

Soundboard to Mixer

 

If you have another source of audio such as a sound cart with music and effects, recorded audio files, etc., then you can use one of your remaining open channels to bring include that audio.

In the picture above you see I’ve plugged in an iPhone using a CMP-159 cable.

I’m using one of my remaining stereo channels because the app I’m using as a sound cart (Bossjock for iOS) will be sending music into the mixer.

Play your audio from any external devices and turn up your volume levels (blue box) to confirm you are receiving audio into the mixer.

Step 6 (optional) – Plug In an Audio Recorder to the Mixer

Step 6 plug in audio recorder

 

In this setup, I’m using an audio recorder to record all the audio being sent into the mixer.

Check the “alternative setups” section below to see how to record into your computer.

If you do chose to record into a computer, I would still recommend using an audio recorder to serve as a backup.

Having a hardware backup solution can save your recording if your computer crashes. It can be really painful to be 20, 30, 60 minutes into an interview only to lose it because your software or computer crashed.

In the picture above I’m using a 1/8″ stereo plug to dual RCA to output the mixer’s audio via the “Tape Out.” This will capture a recording of all the audio going into your mixer including the person on Skype.

Alternative Setups

Recording to Separate Channels

Advanced-panning_channels

If you have a mixer that has either a FireWire, USB2.0, USB3.0 or Thunderbolt output, it likely has the ability to send all its channels separately to the computer and record multitrack audio to supported software. However, most analog mixers do not have these types of connections.

If you only have a stereo mix out of your mixer how do you record audio on separate channels? Panning.

It’s important to understand that because you don’t have a FireWire, USB2.0, USB3.0 or Thunderbolt output, you can only achieve a maximum of two separated channels. For many podcasters this will be enough because it’s just you (the interviewer) and Skype (the interviewee).

You’ll notice in the image above that channel 1 and channel 7/8 have their “pan” knobs turned all the way left and right respectively. Because you are sending a stereo mix (2 channels on a single track) to your audio recording software, you’ll need to create two separate channels by panning one channel hard left and the other, hard right.

For example, in the above image, the microphone on channel one will be on the left side of the stereo track and the Skype caller on channel 7/8 will be on the right side of the stereo track. The resulting audio file will look something like this:

panned stereo recording

Once you bring the audio into your editing software, you can break apart this stereo track to create two separate mono tracks each containing only the audio that was placed on each track as a result of using the pan knobs.

Now you’ll have much more control over the audio in post production because your voice is not mixed with the person on Skype.

Some examples of what this allows you to do in the edit:

  • Apply different effects to each audio track – Each person’s voice is different. When you have separated audio, you get to process each track specifically for that person’s unique voice. Each channel can now have its own compression, EQ, etc., creating a custom sound for yourself and your guest.
  • Remove unwanted sounds – Your interviewee might cough while you’re talking and you’ll want to remove that. Having them on their own track will allow you to remove any part of their audio without affecting your own. If you didn’t using the panning method to separate your tracks, you’d be left with all the audio on both tracks and you would not be able to isolate and remove unwanted sounds without affecting the other person’s audio.
  • Creating cleaner audio – My audio editing workflow consists of removing the parts of an audio track where there is no talking. For example, if I’m asking a question and the interviewee is just listening, I remove that part of their audio. This also removes the noise floor (hiss) from their track thus making the overall mix cleaner. There are other ways to accomplish this such as inserting silence or using a noise gate or expansion, but in most cases I use this “checker boarding” technique.
  • Fix cross-talk – If your guest speaks at the same time as you are speaking it can cause both or one of the person’s audio to get lost in the cross-talk. This always seems to be the case just as someone has made their most important point. Having each person on their own track allows you to shift the two pieces of audio on the timeline thus allowing each person to be heard. This is an incredibility powerful tool to have as an editor.

Recording Into the Same Computer That’s Running Skype

If you want or need to record your audio into the same computer you are using for Skype, you’ll need to run another audio feed out of your mixer and into another input on your computer to your recording software.

For example, you can take the Main Mix from the mixer and input that into your computer (using a separate sound card/input on your computer). That audio will be used as an input for recording software such as Audacity, Adobe Audition, etc. This input will contain all the audio going into your mixer including the person on Skype.

The key to this setup is that you have a second sound card. You need this because each piece of software you use (Skype, recording software, etc.) will need to have its own input.

If you are using only one sound card, both Skype and your recording software will only have one option to pull its audio from and as we learned in this tutorial, the aux send will not contain the voice of the person on Skype. Your recording software of course needs to have an input containing all audio.

If your mixer has USB output then the mixer becomes your second sound card and you can simply tell your recording software to get its input from the USB output. Skype would then still get its audio from the input on your computer that contains your aux send output from the mixer.

Other alternatives to getting a second sound card would be an iMic that I showed above, an audio interface like a Focusrite or another sound card that you install into your computer.

Recording with Two Computers

Another way to handle the recording of your Skype interviews, using a mix-minus setup, is to use two computers.

Having two computers allows you to dedicate one computer just for Skype. This allows all of that computer’s resources to be dedicated to Skype which may also help improve the quality of your Skype connection.

But primarily, using two computers allows you to send your aux send into the Skype computer’s input and the main mix from your mixer into another computer for recording the interview.

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About Ray Ortega

Full-time podcast producer and host of The Podcasters' Studio and Podcasters' Roundtable, I enjoy sharing my ten years of experience making podcasts to help others improve or start their own show.

Comments

  1. Ray,

    Great Video! Thank you! It looks like I may have a little tweaking to do. Our Skype calls have been "ok" , but levels have been an issue and I think it's because I am not using sends from my mixer properly. I use an external M-Audio Firewire interface box that takes the analog audio from my yamaha audio mixer and "Sends" it to my HP computer via a firewire cable.

    However, the issue for me is getting proper Skype audio levels BACK to the mixer for a full mix for recording and broadcast streaming. Right now, somehow, the same firewire cable that connects the M-Audio box to the computer is ALSO bringing the audio BACK from Skype to the M-audio box. So i'm getting audio in dual directions over the one firewire cable. I'm not sure how or why that is happening, or if that is a normal connection.

    I then have to use the Headphone jack on the M-audio box to send the audio to another input on my audio mixer so that all hosts are hearing the audio from Skype. But I can't raise the audio level very high because of feedback. Then I monitor the entire mix using the headphone jack on the audio mixer itself. So obviously none of this is optimal. The issue I am having is that if the input in my mixer for Skype is too high, we get some weird feedback.

    In your video, you are using sends from your audio mixer to a Mac via a USB interface. So I need to re-think everything I believe because I am almost doing the same thing (I thought) with this firewire box, but the results are not the same. I think my problem is that I don't fully understand how firewire or USB interfaces work. I am a old analog guy, and I understand wires and input and outputs.

    Can you point me to good tutorials that explain how devices like these work? Your video does a great job explaining how to "Wire" your mixer, but it doesn't explain the role of the USB interface in this example. Also, the Mixer you are using is a firewire Mixer, but I didn't understand how it is connected to your Mac. That might be something to cover in future videos as well. Thats what I personally really need to understand better. Digital Audio Interfaces.

    Thanks!

    Mike

  2. Awesome post. Truly awesome. I have one question though; how can I do a three way skype interview and get each voice on a separate track. I can see how using pan enables you to split an audio file into mono channels in the DAW. But what if there are two callers?

  3. Gami Rosd says:

    – We are doing a lot of Skype and maximum 4 users plus me so 5 users at the same time doing mix minus, I mean the host is the 1st Skype on a laptop and another 4 guests on another 4 laptop (this is the maximum) running a Skype for each computer or laptop.

    – So number of aux or send and return or receive are very important unless I am mistaken.

    – Please may you tell the exact number of aux and send or return I need for my setup? so when I search for a mixer I can figure out exactly the number of inputs and outputs or aux and send or return that should be included or exist in the mixer.

  4. Chris Smith/Out Of Chicago says:

    Dude. This must have taken a lot of hours to put together! Thank you for the help. I think I'm a mix minus master now. 🙂

    • PodcastHelper says:

      Thanks Chris! Yes, this tutorial probably tops my most time consuming to date. Appreciate the feedback and so glad that this helped you understand a mix-minus and not make you more confused;)

  5. Amazing tutorial. Thank you so much. One question my cohosts are still having a issue hearing my sounds does the single computer setup allow for system sounds to be played for the Skype caller?

  6. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I just finished recording my first interview on Skype with the mix-minus. It's so nice to be able to hear myself while recording. (Before I used two computers, recorded Skype on one, and myself through the mixer on the other.)

    I understand that I can record myself in the left channel, and my interviewee in the right channel (or vice versa), but I was wondering if it's possible to use two computers, record myself with one, record the interviewee with the other, but have them both connected to my mixer in such a way that the interviewee hears me through my studio mic, and I can hear myself and the interviewee. I am using a Behringer Xenyx X1204USB mixer. I figure there must be a way to do it, but I haven't yet been able to figure out how.

    Thanks for any light you can shed, and thanks again for this phenomenal tutorial! It's so great that you have the video AND the text walk-through with pictures. So very helpful!

  7. Hi Ray. No I didn't figure it out. I tried using the other Auxiliary Send to send to the other computer, but I must've done something wrong because there was a LOT of noise in the audio. I'd really like to figure this out, because with my set-up I have to use 2 computers if I'm going to use a mix-minus while recording with Skype.

    • Lex, why not just use a single computer with the panning method? Otherwise you would need more Aux outs. You would use the other Aux out on the channel (on the mixer) that is receiving Skype. Aux 1 sends your audio only back to them and Aux two sends their audio back to one computer with recording software. For your own voice on another computer you would need to send that out via another Aux. A mixer with 4 Aux sends starts to get pricey.

      An interesting "hack" to try might be sending the Skype audio out of one computer via a splitter with one lead going into your mixer for a mix-minus and the other lead going into the input on another computer to record. That would only contain the Skype person. Then you could record only your voice on the other computer.

      This one gets pretty tricky cause you're trying to separate so many things. You could probably also hook something up with virtual cables like Soundflower to route some of the audio internally for recording.

  8. The reason I was trying to figure this out is that I'm recording gaming sessions that are 4 hours long, and it gets annoying only hearing myself in one ear. I also would prefer my players to only hear me in one ear. 🙂 I would also like to have a back-up recording of everything in case someone has a problem with their audio (I'm effectively doing a double-ender with 5 people).

    Is there a way to use the panning method, but have the callers hear stereo audio?

    My mixer (Behringer Xenyx X1204USB) has a USB out, which gets a cleaner sound than using the analog mic ins. I was hoping to figure out a way to record everyone in the call, including myself, on one computer using the USB out (and maybe use the panning method so I can split myself and the Skype call into two tracks) and record the Skype call minus myself on the other computer.

    In the past I've done two-person interviews using two computers (one records the Skype call minus myself, the other records myself through the mixer). I'd like to go to a mix minus so the caller hears my studio mic. I'm also using a headset mic pluged into the Skype computer (that's what the caller hears) and I'm using my studio mic plugged into my mixer and the other computer, and I'm worried that the two mics may cause noise(?).

    My mixer only has two auxiliary sends (one pre-fader, and one pre- or post-fader) so this may just not be possible if I can't figure out a way to make it work with the USB.

  9. Jan Mueller says:

    Thank you very much for this post ! Just what I needed.

    Quick but possibly not so simple question. If I have multiple guests calling in via Skype or Google Hangout, can I still use just the one mix-minus with my mixer?

    Also, it seems some people use a compressor-limiter-gate unit to enhance the sound coming via Skype from callers who may have variable quality microphones and speaking practices on their end. Where does that go in the chain?

    I would be glad to arrange for a paid consultation if that is the appropriate way to figure out the set-up I need.

    Thanks much, Jan

    • Thanks Jan, yes if the people calling in are coming from the same source (same Skype session or G+ Hangout) you can use one mix-minus to send back. You are essentially hearing everything on that Skype call and everyone on that one call is hearing you only, they are hearing each other via the conference call that Skype is doing.

      An effects unit like a compressor/limiter/gate gets plugged into your mixer via Insert channels and the audio goes into the mixer, passes through the unit and then comes back into the mixer and out of the output. Feel free to get in touch via the contact page here if you'd like to work together.

      • Ray,

        Your desire to help people is greatly appreciated and always welcomed.

        I have dyslexia and was wondering if you had a diagram that would depict the scenario you just described.

        Thanks again for all you do.

        • Hi Gregory. I don’t have a complete, overview diagram just the images you see in this post. But I will try to put one together and post it here soon. It’s a good idea. Thanks for checking out the post!

  10. Awesome tutorials Ray – they make the whole "mix minus" setup easy.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Brent Price
    The Web Marketing Show

  11. Awesome and thank you so much! I use skype, for now to take live callers on a live relationships talk show (The Art of Relationships Radio Show) and use to use just mixxx and spreaker… Then starting using a mixer, same mixer as you showed in video, well USB, not firewired! 🙂 Everything worked great except listeners could not hear callers! This video is awesome! Thank you!!!!

  12. Really helpful, Ray. I generally do a group skype call for both my co-host and guest(s). With this set-up, they will be able to hear my voice and sound effects, but how will they be able to hear one another?

    • Thanks. If you're Skype callers are both on the same call (conference like you say) then they hear each other through that connection. Just like if you made a conference call without this setup. Does that make sense?

  13. bosskland says:

    I used this setup for the first time last night. It was so easy to setup and worked perfectly. Thank you!

    • That's great to hear! Thanks for letting me know. What is your setup/gear?

      • bosskland says:

        Last night I used my Behringer UB1002 mixer and an ATR30 mic, but I have a ton of equipment that you can see on my website: http://parockshow.com/about/equipment/ In the past I used to have live bands perform on the show; therefore, I have an excess of microphones. I did not use my limiter last night. It needs taken out of the rack case for that to happen. 3 kids under 6 kinda changed the way I do things a bit lol

        • LOL, yes I know how kids can change a setup;) Sounds like you have plenty of fun toys to play with and I bet it's a lot of fun to record live music. I'll check out the gear page, thanks. 

  14. Great tips. It helps even more that I happen to use this exact mixer 🙂

    • Cool, thanks! Hold on to that mixer, it’s a gem that you can’t get anymore. As long as the drivers continue to work for multitrack;) But even great if you don’t do multitrack. Wish they still made it.

  15. I had just used my mixer to send sound into my mic port on my computer. All was well. Setting up mix minus causes a buzzing sound. I have moved cables, adjusted dials, settings for my audio in control panel, all to no avail. The buzz gets louder if I adjust levels for my mic, main mix, or any channel I use.

    I am using onboard sound as my SB X-Fi sound card was contributing to hum that is now gone after I removed it.

    Any ideas?

    • Aaron did we discuss this somewhere else? I feel like we did. Did you get it solved? Sounds like maybe the output of your mixer is causing an issue or however you are bringing in Skype to the computer is having a problem.

      • Hi, Ray. Never spoke with you previously. I am having major problems with this. Tried different cables. Re-doing the set up from scratch, etc. I have an audio interface arriving tomorrow (A Mackie unit) and hope it will help.

        I have tried different surge protectors. Everything on same circuit, and my mixer on another circuit.

        Any ideas?

        • Do you think that the audio interface might help? I have heard that using one keeps computer noise away from your mixer and your recordings. I hope it does. I don’t know of anyone who has had this problem, My co-host just hooks his stuff up and it works. I get a constant buzz.

          I have even tested this with no cables. Just my headphones in the mixer and I get a buzz even then. Could my mixer be broken? I just got it a little over a month ago. A Behringer Q802USB, though I have not been using the USB cable most of the time.

          • I set up my audio interface. I have to get a new cable to connect the out from my AI to my mixer, but preliminary tests reveal that the noise has been reduced. By over half. Very strange.

            Hopefully I will have the cable I need later today for more testing.

          • Solved the issue. My co-host brought over his mixer. No noise. My audio interface has no noise on its own. I have now ordered a new mixer. A Mackie. My new Behringer Xenyx Q802USB waa a lemon. Hopefully the 8-channel Mackie will be a good one.

          • Hi Aaron.
            If you are using Windows 7, try going into the Windows recording interface options and pull the recording level for the usb codec down. I had the same problem, now solved by dropping it to <5 in Recording Level Options.

  16. I honestly just made a very modest donation because this one post is so awesome and helpful for me. Thank you so much! I’ve figured out mics, a digital audio recorder, and headphones. Now I just have to decide which mixer is best for me. So many to choose from and so much to know. I am much better equipped now.

    Great site. Thanks again!

  17. This was really helpful. Thank you!
    Now I’m trying to record not just skype calls, buy call through my iphone. I know it should be easy, but I’m having a bit of trouble. Other online solutions don’t seem to be much a help.
    Any ideas?

    • You’re just trying to input your phone into your mixer? That just requires a cable from the phone headphone to the mixer input. Are you trying to do something different than that?

  18. John Kosmer says:

    I use Macs, running 10.7.5 & 10.8. While recording the interview on Audio Hyjack Pro, I would like to be able to play an MP3 file from my mac (through either iTunes or Fission) that the person I am speaking to on Google Voice can hear, so we can discuss it during the interview. Presently I cannot do that. Will this mix minus set-up enable me to accomplish this task? If so, please let me know how if there is any variation to the set up you describe. thanks.

    • Yes you can do that with a mix-minus setup. You might also get it to work with Audio Hijack Pro by setting up iTunes as an input into AHP and having that output to Skype. The newest version of AHP makes this pretty easy.

  19. I’ve configured your setup with my Behringer x1204USB and all seems to work fine…Except for the output to my Roland R-05 is in mono…so both channels are the same. How do I record the skype call with my voice on one channel and the other persons on the other? This would be a nightmare to edit.
    thanks!
    Jim Jensen

    • If you are going into the Roland then the only way to split that would be to hard pan your channels on the mixer. So mic 1 would be panned all the way left and the other mic all the way right which would essentially give you to separate channels that you’ll then need to split apart in post production.

  20. Teri OBrien says:

    Hi Ray,
    You ROCK! I have been looking for months for an explanation that will help me use my Alexis Multimix 8, for not only Skype calls, but also just to broadcast on Spreaker, where I do my podcast. I hate to be such a pinhead, but despite this EXCELLENT and very detailed summary, I have a couple of questions still. First, it appears that you are taking Skype out of a Macbook Pro into that Channel 7/8 on the mixer. Then it appears that your sending the mix back into another Macbook Pro. Is it the same computer? What about the iMac in the shot? Could I send the AUX mix back into my iMac’s headphone jack?
    What about the settings in the computer that has the mixer plugged into it? What settings do you use in Systems Preferences > Sounds? I assume that you set the input and output to the Mixer there, but if I’m wrong, please set me straight. Any other settings I need to worry about?
    I REALLY appreciate your help very very much. I have been very frustrated by these issues for a long time!
    Best,
    Teri

    • Thanks Teri! Glad this helped. The audio is coming out of one macbook and going back into the same computer to feed Skype via the Aux Send.
      You could send it into another computer if needed or feed another computer the main mix in order to record both tracks. The only settings you need to mess with on the computer should be Skype or whatever other software you are using to talk online. Set the ins and outs for the headphone and microphone inputs and outputs and you should be good. Hope this helps.

  21. Hi,
    I was thinking about buying Mackie PROFX12 for my online radio station. I would explain my question with a scenario for better clarity. Scenario: 8 callers on Skype and me being the 9th on the conference call. Our listeners will be calling in from different countries for the conference. I want to ensure that each caller is on the separate channel for the best audio quality. How do we go about it? Skype mods told me that the only way to achieve a separate channel is to have different account for each number and each one gets logged on a separate device. Now that means we will have 9 devices running simultaneously and hooked to the mixer. Each device gets hooked to a channel and each call has be answered from a separate device. What would you recommend? I have looked everywhere but haven’t found an answer yet.

    • Hi, yes the Skype mods are correct. In order for everybody to have their own channel you will need a large amount of gear. You’ll need a separate computer for every person on Skype so that each person can go into their own channel on your mixer. The mixer is an even bigger issue because it needs to be able to accept that many channels and equally output that many channels all separately. That is handled via a mixer that has firewire or thunderbolt output into multichannel software. I haven’t done a separate channel call with that many people before. You can take a look at Voicemeeter for Windows and see if it can be accomplished via that software or something like Audio Hijack Pro for the Mac. This would be a really difficult setup primarily because you are trying to record everyone on to their own track. If you mixed it all together you could accomplish it with simple recording software, a small mixer and two or even one computer.

      • Can you please explain the process in detail on the equipment, channel separation, software needed to accomplish live calling via multiple Skype ID’s. I mean, with 5 different ID’s, each on different phone/laptop connected through the mixer. How will everyone be able to hear everyone i.e be in a conference call, since each caller is on different device & different number/ID? Would the mixer help in accomplishing this task?

  22. Thank you for this video. Is the diagram online some where? I do have a few questions. I have never done a podcast and have no equipment yet. I found the mixer you used in the video so I’ll be purchasing that along with all the cables. I do have a macbook pro (last years model). I’m using an app with my iphone 6+ to live stream so I want to have skype calls come in on my laptop and have the viewers be able to hear the caller. I also want to use my ipad with bossjock for sound FX. Will it be possible using the setup you have in the video to run everything through the mixer then back out to the iphone so everyone (through the iphone) will be able to hear everything from the ipad and the laptop? Will I need more cables to make this happen? I’m worried the iphone may cause some issues if I don’t have the right cables.

    • You may not have found the same mixer. The USB 1.0 version is easy to find online but that is not multichannel. Only the USB2.0 and firewire versions are multichannel and they are hard to find and cost much more. That said, you don’t need multichannel for what you’re trying to do so it should be ok. What you are trying to do can be a little tricky but I’m actually looking into a new device that might make it happen, to allow you to do a mix-minus to an iPhone. It’s this: http://amzn.to/1I4CnO0 (referral link). I don’t know the results yet but that’s how you’d do it. You need to be able to send and receive audio and the iPhone input allows for that with a TRRS connection. So yes it’s possible.

  23. Great tut thanks you for this. My problem is that my co-host on skype can’t hear the music that’s coming from another laptop he can hear the mics perfectly. I have tried both stereo and mono cables from the FX Send port on the board to the mic in on the laptop and it sounds very low and distorted. If I try and turn up the gains it just gets over modulated. I have a Mackie Pro FX 8 Board. Please help.

  24. Hi there!
    I am just starting out and have bought Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer, Shure sm7b, Cloudlifter CL-1, Shure SRH440 Headphones for my home studio. I am using a MacBook Air & Windows laptop.
    Here’s the setup I am looking at:
    Laptop #1 running skype account 1, Laptop #2 running skype account 1 & Winamp for background music. There will be around 5-6 callers collectively on both the laptops using the same account. The podcast will be running live using Edcast on windows laptop#2. Can you suggest the setup in detail since I am newbie. Thanks!

    • Great gear! You’re starting with a pretty complex setup that you’ll have to really sit down and work through. It’s hard to walk you through it here. But essentially you’ll be doing a mix-minus like you see in my video for each Skype account, sending the appropriate audio via aux sends to the right Skype accounts and then recording it all into some software.You might lessen the difficultly by trying everyone on a single Skype call if possible or using Google Hangouts.

  25. Hi Ray. I just started a podcast, namely The CuteMonster Show which is up on iTunes and SoundCloud respectively. But now I’m ready to actually interview guests via Skype. So naturally I’ve been looking into getting a mixer for the mix minus feature I’ve been reading about for Skype recording. I’m looking at the Mackie ProFX4v2 and maybe the next model up, the Mackie Pro FX8v2, which currently seems like overkill for my needs but has a USB connection, more channels, and faders. If I opt to buy a recorder like the H5 and forego recording into my computer than I can go with my first choice. Here’s my question though, I’m confused with how to set this up specifically with the Mackie ProFX4v2. I have a MacBook Pro 2011 which has a line-in port as well as a headphones out port. Can you walk me through the set up as well including the cables I’d need? This is a link to the mixer on B&H which shows the connections the mixer has, etc. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1139061-REG/mackie_profx4v2_4_channel_professional_fx_mixer.html Thanks! Maybe I can have you on my show someday! 🙂

    • Hi Vincent. Congrats on the show! I’d love to be on it someday, thanks for asking. First question is what kind of microphone are you currently using and how are you getting it into the computer? Secondly take a look at this post http://thepodcastersstudio.com/sub-100-mixers-shootout/ the Q802 is a very interesting option in its price range and may work out great for you. Also, the ProFX4v2 is a very interesting and almost weird mixer. Thanks for turning me onto it, it looks like it just came out and I hadn’t heard of it. That said, I don’t see much reason for it existing considering the Mix series which you will see in my post linked above. If you only need what the ProFX4v2 offers then you can likely get the Mix8 and be just as well off unless I’m missing something in my brief glance at the mixer. It looks like it has the on-board EQ and a higher resolution audio meter but that’s about all you’re getting in the increase in price over the Mix8.

      If you get an H5 there is an interesting thing you can do with it to kind of hack it to record Skype, see this video I did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoswJ5Vawas The H5 is just the updated version of the H4n you see in the video. And you don’t need the ATR2100 that I show in the video but in that case, Skype would need to use your on-board computer mic so that the interviewee could hear you which is fine because that part is not being recorded however it is a little less professional if that matters.

      Otherwise the post here on mix-minus will walk you through the setup. You would use you line in and headphone out and not need the iMic. The proper cables are listed in the post. Let me know what you end up going with or any more questions you have!

      • Thanks for insight Ray. I’m currently using a USB mic, specifically the Blue Microphones Spark Digital. If I purchased a mixer I’d also have to buy a XLR based mic which means I’ll be leaning towards purchasing the Spark, the XLR based twin of the Spark Digital. The way I am recording Skype calls now is via software (ecamm’s Call Recorder for Macs). I have a MacBook Pro. I just worry that the software will eventually fail me and I’ll lose an interview recording because of it. Thanks again for your suggestions. I’ll do a bit more research and keep you posted.

        • I’ve narrowed down my choices. Mackie 802VLZ4 mixer, Zoom H5 Recorder, Audio-Technica AT2005USB Mic. Question Ray. Regarding the mic I’ve heard high praise for the Electro-Voice RE20. It retails for $450. I’m of the opinion that it’s better to spend on quality equipment then continually buy sub-par equipment over time which in the end would add up to the cost of the quality piece of equipment. Thoughts? Is the EV RE20 really 10x better to the human ear than the AT2005USB?

      • I set everything up using cables and connections listed in your setup. To be clear, I’m using a Mackie 802 vlz4 mixer, an EV 20 mic, a cloudlifter cl-1, a Zoom H5 and a 2011 MB Pro which has the in and out ports respectively. I’ve set everything up and when I try the test Skype call, I can hear myself clearly via my headphones connected to the mixer. I can also hear the Skype call clearly. But when the test call finishes and plays it back, my mic volume is extremely low and the Skype test call voice is fine. Also, my Zoom H5 is not picking up any signal. It’s on, set to stereo recording, and the cord is plugged into the line in. Yet no readings at all when I’m using the mic or any sounds for that matter from the computer via the test Skype call voice. Help! Do you have consulting services? This set up should work right. Ugh. 🙂

        • I think I solved the problem. *shakes fist at gear* I went through each step methodically and this time tried the mix out connection instead of the tape out. That seemed to do it. Whether I had the right settings on the H5 the first time is another issue. Need a coach standing over me to talk me through. 🙂 Anyway, will update you when the show is up and running now that I have hopefully conquered the technical hiccups.

  26. Hi Ray! Great video and very helpful. I was hoping you could help me out. My friend and I want to do a podcast with Skype Call Recorder and interview a third person over the phone. The equipment I have is a MacBook Pro, TASCAM DR-40, Audio Technica XLR mic, headphones, and Behringerx1204 mixer. How can I properly configure my equipment to maximize my podcast? Thanks!

    • HI Martin, thanks! In your setup, the best thing to do would be to use a mix-minus to connect to your interviewees on Skype and record that into your recorder while using Skype Call Recorder as a backup. Or you could skip Call Recorder and record the mix into Audacity or other software via the USB. If you have more than one person on Skype then you’ll need to use a conference call.

  27. John Allegro says:

    Hi Ray,

    I thought I had this nailed. I bought an Alesis Multimix8, and followed instructions to a T. Instead of using Skype, I set up an account with a conference call service. I set up the computer with the conference call with the Aux Send and used track 7/8.

    For broadcast, I use a computer with Mixlr.

    I tested everything out, but when I went live – I got a reverb of my own voice in the headset. It was about a 5 second delay, but I heard everything back in my headset – too distracting to carry on.

    Where did I go wrong?

    • If you are monitoring the live feed then you will hear that on delay but if you go and listen to the live feed afterward and there is no feedback, meaning just your voice once, then you are fine. You just can’t monitor the live feed. You need to monitor at the mixer. If you are hearing yourself twice in the mixer then yes something is setup wrong and somewhere your voice is coming back into the mixer. Not really sure how that would happen unless the conference call is sending your voice back for some reason which it should not do.

  28. Would the setup you laid out work for recording Google Hangouts or is that something entirely different?

  29. Joanna Hammond says:

    I have a simple setup that I would like to put together… for broadcasting. I require that:

    1) Skype receives mic but nothing else.
    2) OBS receives PC + skype out + mic
    3) All controlled on mixer.

    Any suggestions on PC setup/mixer setup (even recommended mixer, cheapish)?

  30. You really really save my butt.
    I am going crazy here trying to figure out how to make this work.
    Your video might do it.

    Thank you much Pal, May God or whatever else you might believe in bless you!!!

  31. Jaime Pierson says:

    Hey Ray, I’ve done this set up and a two sound card set up and in either case, the mix minus worked great. But, the problem I am facing is that my guests hear the music and it swells all over the place, overall bad sound for them and when they talk. It gets 10 times worse for them. It was like this over Skype or google hangout. Any suggestions? Thanks and great video!

    • I racking my brain trying to remember where I heard something like this before. I think maybe Skype has some built in processing that might be making the music sound weird but you said it was Hangouts too. I know Skype doesn’t like crosstalk, so if you’re sending music and your cohost is trying to talk at the same time then that could definitely be an issue. You say the mix-minus worked great but perhaps it’s not actually working great, maybe something is set up wrong and it causing a feedback issue. Are you in the G+ Podcasters Community? I would post your questions there since there are thousands of people and likely someone who has personal experience with this issue. Give it a shot.

  32. Dallon Christensen says:

    I’ve looked at this tutorial as well as a few others, and I’m still having trouble with my setup. This link (http://dallon.co/1M6fdE4) outlines what I’ve been trying to do. The one change I made was take a second Griffin iMic and plug the Aux B into the In of the second sound card with the setting to “Mic”. I’m still facing the issue where when my mute buttons are down, I can hear my inputs (Mic1 and iPad) but can’t record to my recorder. When the mute buttons are up, I can’t hear my audio but it’s going to the recorder. When I had this set up before, I was able to record while hearing my audio. Not quite sure exactly what I’m missing.

  33. Steven Romano says:

    I’m really new to this and I’m starting to get my plan together.

    This was a great article and video. I learned a lot from it and I look forward to listening to your podcast (on episode 3) and trying this out.

    I have just a few questions.

    1. Would mix-minus work with 4 skype callers plus me. If I lower the aux send on the incoming skype call so they can hear me and any sound clip will they still hear each other?
    2. With this set up would you recommend the skype callers recording themselves and sending the file?
    3. How would you set up the sound board if it was on the same computer as the skype call?
    4. How does the panning help?

    • Thanks Steven. If you’re doing a conference call via Skype with multiple people, you don’t need to change anything. This setup will work the same. They are connected to each other via Skype so therefore they hear each other.

      If the people on Skype also record themselves with only their audio on the recording then you can get an even higher quality because their audio is not going through Skype however this is much more work for everyone.

      The soundboard would have to also be sent into Skype probably through the use of some kind of virtual cable software which then would also have to see your Aux input. It’s easier to put the soundboard on a tablet or phone and input it into your mixer.

      Panning would separate your channel from the Skype channel for a typical mixer that outputs a stereo signal only.

  34. Can I still use garage band to record the podcast with this setup or do I need to buy a recorder?

  35. I have been trying to get the mix minus to work but I’m having a lot of issues. I made a diagram of how I have things wired now. I have one laptop that will be using Adobe Audition as well as running Skype. I also have the onboard soundcard, an external Behringer usb soundcard and the Xenyx Q802USB mixer.

    My goal is to be able to record myself on my XLR mic, my co-host over Skype and potentially have an ipad connected for sound effects etc. I want all of it to be heard by both myself and cohost but he shouldn’t hear his own audio back (hence the mix minus).

    Here is the diagram of how I currently have things setup.
    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=C9BB410547612AE9!10382&authkey=!AKdFnzumOjpcTaA&v=3&ithint=photo%2cjpg

    I am very confused by the USB/2-track buttons (To Phones/Ctrl Rm and To Main Mix) hence the ???? over that area. It appears that my microphone will only record in Audition when the To Phones button is pressed in. Please help, I’m confused and have spent hours trying to get this to work. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Kevin. I think I see the issues in your setup which I’ll address in a second but first the bad news. That mixer, while a great little mixer does have one unfortunate limitation that I didn’t even know when I had it here in my studio, you can’t monitor yourself and send audio to Skype at the same time. So if you are getting audio to go into Skype which you can test with an “echo123” test call, then you have the buttons correct. I think it’s “To Phones” button pushed down, and the “To Main Mix” button up. That will send all your audio to Skype and allow you to hear your Skype guest but not yourself. The mixer won’t let you do both.

      In your setup, the Behringer USB device should not be needed. Take that out of the equation. Plug the 802 into the computer via USB and use that as your input for Audition, it will have all audio sent into the mixer.

      Leave the Line Out setup the way you have it, going into 3/4. Skype should be using the Line Out as it’s output.

      Plug the Aux Send into the Line In on the computer and choose that as your input for Skype and make sure ch. 3/4 has its FX knob turned off (hard pan left).

      That’s it. No UCA222, no RCA outputs. After that you just need to plug in some device like your smartphone to channels 5/6 and use that to send in other audio clips. You should be set to go after that!

      • Thank you so much for getting back to me Ray. I have done as you instructed and eliminated the second Behringer USB card from the setup. It seems to work correctly. I have pushed down the “To Phones” button which allows me to hear what I’ve recorded back. The only way I can record Skype is with both the “To Phones” and “To Main Mix” buttons up. I have all the FX knobs turned off as well. I do have an 1.8 in to RCA cable that I can use to connect my phone or table into the 2-track IN area. I will experiment with that a little more.

        My final question is, since I did buy this additional USB sound card, do you think it would be worth it to get all the appropriate cables and use it instead of my onboard soundcard from my laptop?

        Thank you again for your help, this has been a HUGE relief.

        • Kevin, glad you’re making progress. You actually need to have all the FX sends turned up for all the audio you want Skype to hear (your mic, sound clips, etc.) Only one that should be “off” is the Skype caller’s channel.

          When you are connected to Skype you should be hearing Skype but not yourself.

          You don’t want to use the RCA for your phone or tablet because it needs to go into a channel that you can control the FX send to send it out to Skype as mentioned above.

          If you get the right cables, you could probably use the UCA222 in place of your computer’s soundcard. I imagine that would be this http://podhelp.me/1-4mono-RCAyCable3BH for the FX send to UCA input (affiliate link) and probably this from the output of the UCA to one of the channels on the mixer http://podhelp.me/1-4stereo-RCAyCable3BH.

        • Christina Collyer says:

          Hi Ray/Kevin, Just been reading through this and it looks like I have the same problem. I have a Behringer Xenyx Q1002USB Mixer and can’t monitor myself and send audio to Skype at the same time. Can you please let me know what set up you eventually found worked for you? I am wanting to do a mix minus setup with a remote co-host only, no other audio into the mix.
          Many thanks in advance for your help and to you Ray for helping all us newbie podcasters who don’t have a clue! 🙂
          Chris

          • Hi Chris, if you’re recording into an audio recorder, you should be able to monitor the audio (both sides) from the device. This is also best because you can hear what is being recorded. Thanks for checking out the site and the kind words!

    • Hi folks, Kevin, I have the exact same hardware as you, except my USB interface is the UFO202, which has the same ports & soundcard. I tested my Q802 & did a solo recording. Sounds great, works fine.

      HOWEVER, my problem, is that I do not have an Audio Line-In on my laptop. Only a headphone/ headset jack. This is the reason I bought the UFO202 in the first place.
      I am researching all things related to mix-minus, (before i get the cabling tomorrow & set it up)
      & this is the first page i’ve found where somebody has the same exact setup that I do.

      I am hoping that I won’t run into any roadblocks in setting up a mix-minus. I’m not worried about monitoring myself because i will have Audacity running, & can “see” my audio registering on Audacity’s waveform, which is how i’ve “monitored” my solo recordings until now.

      Anyways, I hope that my only reason to return here will be to thank Ray & you for your experience, rather than need more help. Please let me know if the mix-minus works for you with the UCA222 & without a line-in on your computer,
      Cheers.

      • The single input/output that you have is likely a TRRS connection like a smartphone. The in and out are handle through a single TRRS plug. With your UFO202, you should be able to convert your Aux send cable from 3.5mm to RCA and then put that into the RCA input on the 202.

        And although you are using the Q802, you can still monitor the audio both ways because you will be using a mix-minus setup which doesn’t rely on the USB out of the Q802. See my complete write up and video about that here: http://thepodcastersstudio.com/q802usb.

        Let us know how it all works out!

  36. Hi Ray,

    Thanks for taking the time to make such a well made and clear video. I’ve have a setup very similar except I’m using a Mackie mixer and a MDX 4600 compressor/gateway. Everything seems to be working fine but I am having trouble getting a clean sound out to skype. I’ve tried with a live person with pretty average audio (a lot of distortion) and I’ve call the skype test call service so many times it’s just about driving me nuts :). I’ve pretty much isolated the distortion to when I have an ios device plugged into my mixer with music playing as I’m talking (which I’d like to be able to do for live intros). Have you come across this issue at all?
    Thanks,
    Steve

    • Thanks Steve, you’re probably hearing the effects of cross-talk. Skype does, in general, do well with two people or two audio sources playing at the same time. I think it’s probably trying to cancel one of the other audio sources out, thinking that it’s noise. Not 100% sure that is correct but it may be something you don’t have a lot of control over. Check out this older post including the audio at the bottom for something more insight and possible solutions http://thepodcastersstudio.com/skypeaudiocontrols/

      • Thanks Ray, that was really helpful. I added that snippet of code to the .xml file and that made a huge difference. I’m still getting crackling and some distortion when using the skype call testing service on my imac. I have ground loop isolators on the audio in and out of this computer but that doesn’t seem to help. Interestingly when I use my macbook air I get a good clear sound and since changing the skype gain control even with music in the background it is good. As for the imac sound issue I can only think that the usb sound card may not be good enough (using a sound blaster) or the ground loop isolators are not doing their job, frustrating to say the least :(.

        I’m going to listen to you show now.

  37. Ray,

    This post is amazing, and I’m clearly not the only one who thinks so.

    Quick question on the Panning technique for recording into this computer. I understand all the perks of this (the ability to isolate my voice from my guests in post). And I get that it’s easy to split tracks to mono in post). But will this result in me hearing “panned” audio when I am recording live and have my headphones plugged into the headphone jack on my mixer? In other words, when I’m conducing interviews, will I only hear my voice in one ear and the guest’s in the other? I could see that possibly be annoying. I was wondering if there was a way to hear a more balanced mix in my headphones while I’m recording but still send the panned audio to my computer.

    Also, I’m looking to use my iPad as the “skype computer” in my mix-minus setup. I can just use something like this?
    http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-headsets-separate-headphone-microphone/dp/B004SP0WAQ/ref=pd_sim_107_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=41WCy3b0sCL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=10AGYMFPYT5KANCM7KQN

    Thank you again!

    • Thanks Ben! Yes you will likely hear panned audio depending on where you are monitoring the audio from. It can be weird at first but you’ll quickly get used to it and might even prefer it over time. It’s nice to be able to tell which side of the audio is producing an unwanted noise. When that happens and you are hearing the audio in both speakers, you don’t know if you need to fix your audio or your guests. So that is a big advantage.

      A cable like that might work. I have done some test with similar items that split the input and output and had some success but one issue you can run into is that the line level coming out of the mixer is too hot for the device because it’s “mic level.” So it can easily peak the audio. You can listen more to how we did this on this episode: http://thepodcastersstudio.com/tps093-get-a-mix-minus-into-a-smartphone-and-mackie-402vlz4/

  38. Wow, I really need to re-watch this and re-read this after I get the equipment you have here. I have been kicking around the idea of trying this but I need a ton of equipment. Right now I just produce a weekly show with no mixer and have to post produce additional sounds/audio/music into my recording with Audacity. You’ve really gone above and beyond here Ray. Hopefully I can figure this out once I get everything I need. Quick Question: It’s usually only 3-4 people at the most on Skype. Also, I am usually just trying to mix in 1 thing. I don’t believe I need a really expensive mixer but I’ll let you tell me what you think. What’s the best mixer for what I am trying to do? Feel free to e-mail!

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • Thanks Mike! If you have everyone on Skype in a conference call (group call) then you only need a mixer with one Aux send. Check out my Sub $100 Mixer Shootout and take a look at the two that have Aux sends, you could get either one and spend less than $100 http://thepodcastersstudio.com/sub100mixers/

      • Thanks Ray! I appreciate the advice on the cheaper mixer! With one with just one Aux send I’m good to go? Yes, it is a Skype group call where we’re all plugged in with a USB headset.

        Thanks again for your help! I think you may have just saved me a bunch of money.

        Mike

      • I forgot one more thing, what wires, jacks, etc. will I need for my one aux set up? I may mix in music or sound bites from my phone on most cases but I can see instances where I may also do so from my sounds that are on my PC.

        And thanks again for all of your help man!

        Mike

  39. Hi Ray,

    I appreciate the video very much – Very informative! I have 2 Mackie Mix12FX mixer boards. One for the studio and one for mobile use going to events. I’m having trouble setting them up . I don’t have an Aux Send just a Main Send and CR Send for the head phone. I have a tape in/out. I have Skype on one computer and use Spreaker on the other computer. Here is a link to the Mackie – http://www.guitarcenter.com/Mackie/Mix12FX-12-Channel-Compact-Mixer-with-Effects-1406558845633.gc
    I would appreciate any help you can give. I bought several cables on your affiliate site a while back so I would have the right ones, but just can’t seem to get everything to connect the right way.

    • You actually do have an Aux send, Mackie labels it as FX Send. You’ll notice that every channel strip on your mixer has a knob for sending that channel through that Send output, so you’re good;) Thanks for using my links!

      • Hi Ray, Thanks for the reply – I appreciate it very much. I’m trying to learn as much as possible from you. A friend set me up a while back, but somehow I got things mixed up when I moved computers. Spreaker has integrated Skype now into the control panel, so I wasn’t aware that there are 3 more settings in the backend of the Virtual Audio Cable they use. Still trying to figure it al out. We all appreciate YOU!

  40. Hi Ray,

    I appreciate your video on the Mix Minus – Great! I bought several cables from your affiliate link so I would have extras too. I am having a problem trying to get Spreaker connected to my Mixer and Skype. If you are available tonight Apr. 27 – I could sure use some help – 256-202-3040 – Thanks Cruiser

  41. Hi Ray, this is bibliosk8er, from Twitter. This weekend I did my first mix minus, but with a twist. We did a live commentary of a live video stream from a skateboard contest in Vancouver. I in Dallas, my partners in England. I ran Skype on my old Mac Mini, with my mixer providing mix minus as per your instructions. Rather than going to a digital recorder, I sent the main mix to my MacBook Pro, where I used the app and service from Mixlr.com to stream our commentary live. Really good service. The setup worked very well, especially with Skype and the video feed running on separate computers. Thanks again for the tutorials and advice. Bob

  42. Thanks for the article!

    MY PROBLEM:

    I’m using a…

    * Behringer Xenix Q1202USB mixer
    * MacBook Pro
    * Blue Yeti Pro mic (XLR cable to mixer)

    I’m trying to record a SKYPE interview w/ECAMM.

    I can hear the SKYPE test call clearly, but I can NOT hear myself in my headphones. However, I CAN hear my voice in the playback…just NOT in my headphones during the “conversation.”

    I’m really new at this. Where am I going wrong?

    WHAT I’VE TRIED

    Settings (Mac): Input/Output are both set to “USB AUDIO CODEC”

    Audio MIDI Setup (Mac): Input/Output are both “USB Audio CODEC”
    – 0 in/2 out on the OUTPUT, and 2 in/0 out on the INPUT

    Again, the problem I’m having is that I can’t hear myself during the phone call in my headphones. Please help! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Jamie, if you go back over the post here for setting up a mix-minus, notice that in the setup there is no USB involved. The only USB you see is if you have to use an analog to USB converter to get the proper input for computers that don’t have them. But with the Q802USB you will not be using the USB connection in a mix-minus setup.

      And on another note, here is the reason you can’t hear yourself and how to fix it http://thepodcastersstudio.com/q802usb but again this shouldn’t apply to a mix-minus because you won’t be using the USB.

  43. Thank You thank you thank you… This was amazing. Exactly what I needed!!! Thanks again 🙂

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  45. Kyle Rickards says:

    Hi

    I record a weekly podcast. However, I am having difficulties.

    My recording set up is:

    * PC running Mixxx for recording the audio and broadcasting

    * Behringer X1222 mixer

    * My less than 12 months old MacBook, which I use for Skype calls and also soundboards – it only has a C-type socket

    * Another old netbook which I can use for Skype if needed

    When taking Skype calls, callers are hearing me through the internal Mac mic, I am running the sound output from the headphone socket to the mixer. However, I can’t play effects/beds and things to the callers? I am totally confused about how to set things up.

    It also doesn’t help that I don’t have many sockets on the MacBook (well, none) apart from the headphone one.

    I suppose my question is how do I get audio to go back from the desk to the callers.

    Sorry if this is all a bit vague.

    Thanks in advance
    Kyle

    • Kyle a mix-minus setup, like the one you see in this post, is what you need. So you need to send all the audio you want to use into a mixer and then send it all back out via an aux send (sometimes labeled FX send) accept the caller’s voice who is on Skype. Then they will hear everything except themselves.

      As for the input to the Mac, you can get one of these http://podhelp.me/iMicV2BH which will turn a USB port into a analog to digital converter allowing you to run a cable from the aux send on the mixer to the computer as an input.

      Hopefully that is helpful and points you in the right direction. Let me know.

  46. Hi Ray, thanks so much for helping all us podcasters with the mix minus setup – I have set up everything as per the post and am using 2 laptops, one for skype and the other for audacity. I’m using the iMic too as the laptop doesn’t have the required ports. Anyway, I’m getting so frustrated as I can’t figure out why the recording is coming out on both channels in audacity. I obviously want to split the channels so that I can edit each individually – is there something simple I’m not doing?
    Thanks in advance for your help
    Chris

    • Thanks Chris. Did you get it figured out? It sounds like you need to pan one channel all the way left and the other all the way to the right. Record this on a stereo track into Audacity and then once the recording is done, Audacity can separate the two sides into mono channels that you can edit independently.

  47. Hello-all of your info is amazing!
    I have mastered (haha) Skype calling on my podcasts, but am recording in spreaker as well as garageband, will all this work?

    • Thanks Bex. Spreaker is a cool, new option and a good audio hosting platform as well. I haven’t used their desktop recording software but I know it can connect with Skype and should even record it all so I don’t think you need Garageband to record as well. If it’s working for you, stick with it!

  48. Hi, this tutorial is amazing and has been a life saver. I like the Alessis multitrack 8 but it only records two multi tracks. I’m looking for a little more control for mixing up to four separate mics in post. Could you recommend a multi track recorder than I could also.use a mix minus setup with? I’m just not familiar enough to know what I’m looking for.

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