February 13, 2013

How to record a Skype conversation on Windows for Podcasting in 2013

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was having trouble with recording both sides of a skype conversation on Windows for the purpose of podcasting. I’m happy to say I’ve found a good solution.

My friend Jason Mann recommended Scribe Call Graph, a free app that hooks into desktop Skype (there’s still no way to do this on Windows 8 Skype) and records the conversation, saving it automatically as a WAV file.

After a conversation, the app saves the file, and it’s available immediately for editing. That already made it better than any other app I tried.

It’ll actually save two files. One is useful, and one isn’t. Use the file that actually has mbs attached to it.

If you listen to this file, you’ll notice that one voice is stuck to the left side of the audio, and the other is stuck on the right. This is no way to publish a podcast, so there’s one more step we have to do. Most podcasters on windows are familiar with Audacity, so open that up and import the file. You’ll get one stream with two audio waves.

In order to combine these, click the black downward-pointing arrow next to the track name. Then click Split Stereo to mono”. This’ll split the track, and make the audio mono (so both speakers are in both ears, like you want).

Then, add in whatever you like on the audio, but note that if you want to crop things out of the track, do that before you split it, since you won’t be able to select both tracks at once. Export, and click yes to export to mono.

And that’s it! Oh, quick protip for podcasts. You don’t need to save podcasts as nearly as high a bitrate as you would musical audio. 96kbps is more than fine for two people, so long as you’re using good mics. That’ll keep your podcast files small, so people can download them faster.


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