Skype Recording easily…

UPDATE 4/12/19: Don’t know how, but in moving servers the .mp3 file has gone missing for this post.

As more and more of us engage in user-generated content in the form of podcasts, videos, and other media types, one thing that people ask me over-n-over again is, “So how do we record Skype calls?” While there are simple methods like Call Recorder for the Mac or HotRecorder for the PC, they’re fairly modest in capability and the results lacking in quality (in my opinion).

On my desk right now is a studio quality microphone on a stand (that I’ve used for podcasts for a year and a half) as well as a mixing board and M-Audio Microtrack recorder, I wanted something drop-dead-simple, fast to setup, bulletproof and of pretty decent quality.

Though most know about Audio Hijack Pro and its ability to get geeky and deal with all the audio streams on a Macintosh, they came out awhile back with one, incredibly useful feature: instant recording. Though I’ve done alot of experiments with various headset/microphone combinations, I finally settled on using the Logitech Premium Notebook headset due to its comfort and quality (though I stuck a foam cover on the microphone to reduce its “tinny” sound).

Due to a client requirement, I performed several tests today recording Skype-to-phone calls, Skype-to-Skype and just did one with a colleague in San Francisco (Amy Lenzo from Clearlight Communications) using that instant recording feature. If you’d like to hear what a Skype-to-Skype call can sound like recorded over this here Internet thingy without a lot of muss-n-fuss, give it a listen:


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  1. geoff on February 7, 2007 at 11:22 am

    For clear simple instructions to record Skype on the Mac – sending each party to one of the two streo channels (for easy editing) see this screencast (free of course):

    Also Steve, I’m thinking of doing a podcasting workshop in the Twin Cities very much just in the idea stage. Please contact me if you have interest:

    ghankstef __AT__ gmail __DOT__ com

  2. freebird on March 20, 2007 at 8:28 am

    Two programs for recording VoIP/Skype:

    PowerGramo is a powerful Skype audio recorder. It flawlessly records all type of Skype calls (pc-to-pc, skype in/out, conference, skypecast, etc..) with the best quality and have call records encrypted and password protected. Recording is done automantically and necessary information about calls is saved together with the calls for your future review. It is the perfect tool for podcasting, online journalism, conducting business, and much more!

    vEmotion is a perfect VoIP audio assistant. It flawlessly record VoIP calls into MP3 or WAV files with data and infos encrypted and password protected. Also add life to your VoIP voice convsations. Enjoyable things include background music, voice emotion (lively audio clips), text to speech that enable you to talk without openning your mouth.

    It is the perfect tool for podcasting, online journalism, conducting business, and much more!

    The program is compatible with nearly all VoIP clients, among which Skype, ICQ, Msn/WLM, Gtalk, AIM/AIM Triton/AIM Pro, Yahoo Messenger and QQ were fully tested and explicitly supported. Other VoIP clients, such as voipcheap, teltel, sipphone, are supported via simple user customization. You can tune up all these IM and VOIP clients with single installation of the software.

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