Recording Skype with No Mixer or Software

Recording a Skype interview can be a tricky process. There are “easy” ways to do this with software like Audio Hijack Pro for Mac and Pamela for Windows but they can still be hard to setup and of course anytime you’re using software you are at risk of it crashing and losing the entire interview. My other complaint about using software is that it’s not as easy to monitor the audio that you are recording to ensure that everything sounds right throughout the recording.

Here’s a very specific setup that while it uses a particular piece gear (ATR2100 or AT2005)* it gives you lots of flexibility with the final audio file(s) as well as a more reliable system for capturing your Skype interviews and achieving latency free monitoring.

In the video I say that you have to have an ATR2100 style microphone. For this exact setup that is true however you can achieve a Skype recording with your audio recorder with any XLR connected microphone (see section below).

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TPS Ep. 040 – USB Mixers, Recording Skype Video, and Podcasting Statistics for 2010

When choosing a mixer for your podcast there are some special considerations that I think each podcaster should think about before making their purchase. Some of these include the number of mic inputs your mixer will allow. Can you grow your show with the mixer you are planning to buy? Can it power condenser microphones and will it record multiple channels when connected to your computer? I bring up these questions and more to help you understand the special needs of a podcaster when choosing a mixer. I take a listener question from Gene who called in to find out how to record Skype video and how to take that video and put it on your blog/website. Also I take a look at the new statistics published by Edison Research and their “Current State of Podcasting” report for 2010. Tom Webster presented the information at Blogworld 2010 (see below for the entire talk and slides) and I discuss some of the most important insights that I think podcasters should take away from the talk. Finally, I tie in the information provided by Tom with recent actions I took on my site to upgrade the social sharing features I provide. I explain why I changed wordpress plugins in an attempt to clean up my site while still providing a way for users to pass on my content to their favorite sharing sites. download this episode (48 min. | .mp3 | 47 mb)

The Current State Of Podcasting from Tom Webster on Vimeo.

links mentioned on this episode Call Recorder – for recording Skype video on Mac Pamela – for recording Skype video on a PC ShareThis – WordPress plugin for social sharing buttons (twitter, facebook, digg, etc) The Current State of Podcasting for 2010 PDF” – slides from Tom’s presentation

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