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Grah! There has to be a better way to record VoIP calls!

Brian and I just tried to record a podcast for this week. We spent 30 minutes trying to get Audacity to “hear” and record both sides of the conversation. For some reason, we can never get the setup that worked the previous week to work for second week in a row. We have to re-invent the wheel every. single. week. Grah!

To top it all off, once we got it working, I got kicked out of the conference room I was in. It’s getting so crowded in my building (Jones Farm) that there are never any conference rooms available to reserve unless you do it weeks in advance. Even on a Friday afternoon. It’s getting so crowded that the cafeteria is as crowded and noisy at 4:00 PM as it is at lunchtime. And they’re going to compress us even more. Great…

I’m just extremely frustrated right now. I’m sorry we won’t get a show out to you today. I’ll try to record one over the weekend, but I generally try to unplug and spend time with my family on the weekend, so we’ll see how that goes. Maybe a short mobile podcast or two recorded on my Samsung i730, since I’m teaching “Podcasting from Mobile Devices” at Podcast Academy next Thursday…

Have a great weekend! I’m going to try to listen to some upbeat music on my iPod to get out of this grouchy mood I’m in before my sister in law’s birthday bash tonight. Don’t want to be the wet blanket at the party. :-)

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5 thoughts on “Grah! There has to be a better way to record VoIP calls!

  1. Brian Enigma says:

    If you were on a Mac, I would point you to Audio Hijack Pro. I know that at least one of the podcasts I listen to (it’s either MuggleCast and/or PotterCast) have up to 8 people Skyping at a time. Each person records their local end of the conversation and their audio engineer syncs and mixes them all together. That way, everyone sounds natural without all the Skype artifacts.

  2. Josh, the only reliable (for the most part) way I’ve found on WinXP to record both sides of a Skype conversation is with MixCast Live, which requires the use of a USB microphone to add a second audio device.

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