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How can I record interviews (phone and otherwise) to post online?

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11273points) June 14th, 2010

I would like to record interviews with researchers to share on an internet radio site. I will sometimes call them via phone or meet with them and record them that way. I would have to convert them to MP3’s. What would I need to get——to record interviews on the phone (type of phone, mike, recording equipment) and also in person. I don’t like listening to internet interviews where the guest is garbled and unintelligible…that’s a concern for me. There must be a good way to record in good quality?

Any ideas/leads would be greatly appreciated. And (as I’ve remarked before, I am not that tech savvy——so please, be kind. LOL) Thanks everyone!

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timtrueman's avatar

I co-host a podcast. I use Skype and Audio Hijack Pro. I then do some editing in Garageband and post the files on Amazon S3 using Transmit. I’m sure there’s equivalents on Windows but I don’t know what they areā€¦

arpinum's avatar

On windows use Skype Call Recorder with Skype. Recording both ends of the call and mixing them together can help get a cleaner sound. Adobe Audition can be used for mixing on windows, or Audacity as a free alternative.
If your on a mac do what Tim says.

anartist's avatar

Whatever you do, make sure you do it legally.

Iclamae's avatar

I’ve started using CallGraph for Skype. It’s a free extension to skype and is very user friendly. It works for PC (don’t know about MAc) and it only records Skype sound (you and your caller). Does not record any other sounds from your PC.

reverie's avatar

Every week I record the supervision meetings (for my own reference) that take place between me and my PhD supervisor who is on sabbatical at the moment. I use exactly the same software as @timtrueman – I use Skype for the conversation, and Audio Hijack Pro to record it, and it works extremely well, it’s very easy to do, even for someone like me that knows almost nothing about audio recording. If you use a Mac, I would strongly recommend this approach if you are wanting to record phone conversations, as it requires no extra equipment (providing your computer has a built-in microphone) and is very straightforward.

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