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I use Audacity to record from Skype, and I can show you how to set it up. This guide is aimed at Windows people, as I don’t have a Mac, and can’t be bothered to boot into Ubuntu to test it in Linux…

  1. Download Audacity and Skype, if you don’t already have ’em.
  2. Check you can record from Stereo Mix. Actually, that should have been #1…

To do this, open up the Sound Volume control, in the tray. Click Options, Properties, then the radio button which allows you to adjust properties for recording.

Sound Volume - Mix highlighted

  • If you have a Stereo Mix check-box in there- Check it if it isn’t checked already, and press OK.
  • If you don’t see a Stereo Mix check-box in the box next to the Line in and Microphone check boxes, this could mean a couple of things. Either your Soundcard doesn’t support it, full stop (unlikely)… Or, you need to update the drivers. I found this site particularly helpful, you might too. (If you have a Dell laptop with a Sigmatel card, use Option 2 on there!) Otherwise, check the card manufacturer’s site.

Then, ensure that the stereo mix slider is dragged up full and selected.

3.  Open Audacity and Skype.

In Audacity, set the recording source to Stereo Mix:

Select Source

Then go to Skype, find someone to call, hit record in Audacity and WHAM!

You have yourself a recording. Export it as an MP3 or WAV to save. For MP3 you’ll need the encoding DLL, but Audacity provides a guide on how to get this.

Happy Skype recording!

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[EDIT:UPDATE]

This fellow here had a problem with an echo of his own voice… I had a think about it and decided it might be this:

Software Playthrough

Software Playthrough will play the current track back out while still recording it. It’s not simultaneous because of the latency you get on the non-realtime Windows kernel…

In other words, there’s a slight delay. While handy in a studio environment, or if you’re wearing headphones, you should disable it when recording from Stereo Mix or you’ll just get an echo.

Preferences is accessible through the edit menu, or press Ctrl+P from in Audacity.

Oh- and if the Mic is picking up the speakers you’ll get much the same effect…

Of course, I could be completely wrong, barking up the wrong tree and just plain mad, but it’s working echolessly for me!

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A couple of weeks ago, I received a lovely new Resident Evil 5 XBox 360, which I pre-ordered from Game.

But for some reason, I now find myself wondering about the potential uses of the wired headset that came with it, instead of actually playing on it.

So, I ask myself: “How do I hook it up to my laptop? I want to use it for Skype!”

The headset, for those who don’t already know, features a 2.5mm stereo jack which plugs into the wireless controller for use with online gaming. This makes it reasonably friendly for people who want to put it to other uses…

But- my laptop doesn’t have a 2.5mm stereo jack… It’s got a veritable wealth of standard 3.5mm ones, but no 2.5mm.

For reference, a picture. Taken with the less-than-trusty webcam:

Jack size comparison

6.35mm (1/4"), 3.5mm, and 2.5mm Stereo Jacks.

If you have a mobile phone with a stereo jack for handsfree, chances are that’ll be a 2.5mm one. You could probably make calls with it. Hell, you could probably plug it in and use the Bluetooth Audio Service to connect it to the PC! But I don’t have one of those phones, so that wasn’t an option. [EDIT: Actually, I think phones have a 4 pole jack… but it might still work.]

I’ll go for the hard-wired approach:

Maplins Electronics was my first port of call. I quickly found what I was looking for. A female 2.5mm stereo socket.

That sorts the connection of the headset onto something I can wire. Next, I need to split the Speaker and Microphone up.

Effectively, I need two 3.5mm Mono Jacks– one for the speaker, one for the mic. Maplins again.


It should be fairly simple to sort out which connection is the mic and which is the speaker. I’ll test it by holding the wires to an audio signal source… my laptop, playing music out through the speaker output, for instance.

Anyway, I’ll solder it all together when I get the chance. Watch this space.


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