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Dave Baron Recording Two-Way Skype Call

Called Jeff Lebow very late on Sunday night because I was so pleased to have recorded the Skype test lady to Audacity.  Here is a bit of the call with Jeff.  We are discussing the fact that I was somehow able to capture Skype audio (including myself) without the using VAC, which I think may be related to the fact that I have a kind of a snazzy sound-card setup that I use for recording music.  In case anybody is interested, it is a Creative Audigy 2ZS, which is a sound card with a break-out box (a separate unit wired to the soundcard) that allows for inputting all kinds of audio devices, including mics, guitars, MIDI keyboards, etc.  Anyway, when I use this thing, I seem to be able to use an ordinary mic (not USB) and record both sides of a Skype call without significant echo on my side or the other side of the call.  Though the real test, of course,  is when several people are on the call at once . . .


Dave the pioneer!


Wonderful recording, but what is that you have - a special sound card? Did it come with your computer? Did you buy it? Cough up the info, Pioneer!


Sound card

The sound card is just a part of the Creative Audigy 2ZS.  I pulled the factory sound card out last year and replaced it with the Creative card.  Once installed, the sound card has a couple of special flat-cable inputs that lead to the break-out box (also called an "external I/O hub") that sits on top of my desk.  Here is the manufacturer's description and picture:

The break-out box is handy because it has all kinds of different inputs on it that you can use to plug in a mic, headphones, 1/4 inch patch cords for analog musical instruments, etc.  I just plug my mic into the Line 1 jack and my headphones into the headphone jack.  One other nice thing about the box is that it has a line level input control for Line 1 -- just a dial -- so you can manually turn your own volume down or up as you go. 

It would be cool if this ends up working as a no-VAC solution to recording all sides of a Skype call without echo, but it's probably not practical for people who don't want to spend their hard-earned cash on a sound card that is designed for recording music on a computer.  On the other hand, prices on these gizmos are coming down . . .

Dave Baron

Cool, Dave!

Interesting to see that you had a different config and applications to record. There's never one single way to do that, right?

 Thanks for sharing,




That was really cool trying out the stuff you did with Jeff. Oh, cool, you can hear music through the skype. The song Folsom was good too.

A pioneer who has to share now!

Cheryl Oakes

Webhead 2006, Collaborative Content Coach for Technology K-12, Wells Ogunquit CSD 

great job Dave and welcome

Hi Dave, Nice job with the recorded telephony and intro.

Cheryl Oakes

Webhead 2006, Collaborative Content Coach for Technology K-12, Wells Ogunquit CSD 

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