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Podcasting 103Recording your interviews at a distance with Skype
In the last installment of the podcasting series, I walked you through some of the options available for recording your totally awesome podcast. While that article focused on single and multi mic recording when everyone is in the same location, what happens if you want to do an interview with someone who is on the other side of the world?
If you havent checked into Skype, do so now. This Voice Over IP (VoIP) application allows you to make phone calls to anyone in the world over the internet. The free version of Skype allows you to call anyone else with Skype installed, and if you pay a few bucks, you can get a real phone number attached to your account so anyone can call you from any phone. Best of all, Skype will run on a PC or Mac.
With Skype installed, you can talk with anyone including CEOs, product managers, and friends who are one the other side of the planet. For the ExtraLife Radio Show, host Scott Johnson (Utah) connects to fellow geeks Obsidian (Columbia), Brian (South Carolina), and Andrew (Florida). This keeps them from spending a ton of money on telephone phone conferences and bridge time. Without Skype their show may not even be possible.
Once you have Skype installed, you are ready to capture the mic input from your soundcard and your guest talking to you on Skype.
1. Launch Audacity.
2. Choose File>Preferences
3. Under the Audio I/O tab, select the Digital Audio device from the Device drop down menu.
4. Change the number of Channels to 2 (stereo).
5. Click OK to close the panel.
6. From the Input drop down, select Wave Out Mix.
7. Click the Record button and youre good to go.
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