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Take a look here as well: But the Apogee is an audio interface so yes you could plug your Aux send into that just like the iMic if necessary. She embodies a song in the way an actor inhabits a role—and no one expects the actor to write the script. They support their products, particularly if they are still under warranty. My co-host brought over his mixer. Hi I record a weekly podcast. The Seachem Prime is the top water conditioner in our guide to the best fish tank, heater, light and accessories.
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But what if there are two callers? Hi Jon, did you ever get this figured out? You would need a separate computer for each person on Skype. Fortunately most mixers with an Aux have two Aux's. Hi Gami, you need an Aux send for every instance of Skype you are going to want to bring into and out of the mixer. This is tough because most mixers that are affordable have two. This is one of the most interesting new mixers I've seen lately and it has 4 Aux's.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to demo it yet to hear how good or not good it is but it might be worth looking into. This mixer does lots of cool things and that is believe it or not a good price for what you get http: This must have taken a lot of hours to put together!
Thank you for the help. I think I'm a mix minus master now. Yes, this tutorial probably tops my most time consuming to date. Appreciate the feedback and so glad that this helped you understand a mix-minus and not make you more confused;. Thank you so much. One question my cohosts are still having a issue hearing my sounds does the single computer setup allow for system sounds to be played for the Skype caller?
All the sounds you want your co-hosts to hear mics, sfx, music, etc all need to be going out through the auxiliary send. If you set the levels on each they should be able to hear everything. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I just finished recording my first interview on Skype with the mix-minus.
It's so nice to be able to hear myself while recording. Before I used two computers, recorded Skype on one, and myself through the mixer on the other. I understand that I can record myself in the left channel, and my interviewee in the right channel or vice versa , but I was wondering if it's possible to use two computers, record myself with one, record the interviewee with the other, but have them both connected to my mixer in such a way that the interviewee hears me through my studio mic, and I can hear myself and the interviewee.
I figure there must be a way to do it, but I haven't yet been able to figure out how. Thanks for any light you can shed, and thanks again for this phenomenal tutorial!
It's so great that you have the video AND the text walk-through with pictures. I tried using the two different aux send, one to each computer, but I must've done something wrong because there was a lot of noise.
No I didn't figure it out. I tried using the other Auxiliary Send to send to the other computer, but I must've done something wrong because there was a LOT of noise in the audio.
I'd really like to figure this out, because with my set-up I have to use 2 computers if I'm going to use a mix-minus while recording with Skype. Lex, why not just use a single computer with the panning method? Otherwise you would need more Aux outs. You would use the other Aux out on the channel on the mixer that is receiving Skype.
Aux 1 sends your audio only back to them and Aux two sends their audio back to one computer with recording software. For your own voice on another computer you would need to send that out via another Aux. A mixer with 4 Aux sends starts to get pricey.
An interesting "hack" to try might be sending the Skype audio out of one computer via a splitter with one lead going into your mixer for a mix-minus and the other lead going into the input on another computer to record. That would only contain the Skype person. Then you could record only your voice on the other computer. This one gets pretty tricky cause you're trying to separate so many things. You could probably also hook something up with virtual cables like Soundflower to route some of the audio internally for recording.
The reason I was trying to figure this out is that I'm recording gaming sessions that are 4 hours long, and it gets annoying only hearing myself in one ear. I also would prefer my players to only hear me in one ear. I was hoping to figure out a way to record everyone in the call, including myself, on one computer using the USB out and maybe use the panning method so I can split myself and the Skype call into two tracks and record the Skype call minus myself on the other computer.
In the past I've done two-person interviews using two computers one records the Skype call minus myself, the other records myself through the mixer. I'd like to go to a mix minus so the caller hears my studio mic. I'm also using a headset mic pluged into the Skype computer that's what the caller hears and I'm using my studio mic plugged into my mixer and the other computer, and I'm worried that the two mics may cause noise?
My mixer only has two auxiliary sends one pre-fader, and one pre- or post-fader so this may just not be possible if I can't figure out a way to make it work with the USB. Quick but possibly not so simple question. If I have multiple guests calling in via Skype or Google Hangout, can I still use just the one mix-minus with my mixer? Also, it seems some people use a compressor-limiter-gate unit to enhance the sound coming via Skype from callers who may have variable quality microphones and speaking practices on their end.
Where does that go in the chain? I would be glad to arrange for a paid consultation if that is the appropriate way to figure out the set-up I need. You are essentially hearing everything on that Skype call and everyone on that one call is hearing you only, they are hearing each other via the conference call that Skype is doing. Feel free to get in touch via the contact page here if you'd like to work together.
I have dyslexia and was wondering if you had a diagram that would depict the scenario you just described. But I will try to put one together and post it here soon. Thanks for checking out the post! Awesome and thank you so much! I use skype, for now to take live callers on a live relationships talk show The Art of Relationships Radio Show and use to use just mixxx and spreaker… Then starting using a mixer, same mixer as you showed in video, well USB, not firewired!
This video is awesome! Cool, thanks for check out the post and video and I'm really happy to hear it fixed what you were trying to do! I generally do a group skype call for both my co-host and guest s. With this set-up, they will be able to hear my voice and sound effects, but how will they be able to hear one another?
If you're Skype callers are both on the same call conference like you say then they hear each other through that connection. Just like if you made a conference call without this setup. Does that make sense? I used this setup for the first time last night. It was so easy to setup and worked perfectly. I did not use my limiter last night. It needs taken out of the rack case for that to happen. LOL, yes I know how kids can change a setup; Sounds like you have plenty of fun toys to play with and I bet it's a lot of fun to record live music.
I'll check out the gear page, thanks. Wish they still made it. I had just used my mixer to send sound into my mic port on my computer. Setting up mix minus causes a buzzing sound. I have moved cables, adjusted dials, settings for my audio in control panel, all to no avail.
The buzz gets louder if I adjust levels for my mic, main mix, or any channel I use. I am using onboard sound as my SB X-Fi sound card was contributing to hum that is now gone after I removed it.
Aaron did we discuss this somewhere else? I feel like we did. Did you get it solved? Sounds like maybe the output of your mixer is causing an issue or however you are bringing in Skype to the computer is having a problem. Never spoke with you previously. I am having major problems with this. Re-doing the set up from scratch, etc.
I have an audio interface arriving tomorrow A Mackie unit and hope it will help. I have tried different surge protectors. Everything on same circuit, and my mixer on another circuit.
Do you think that the audio interface might help? I have heard that using one keeps computer noise away from your mixer and your recordings.
I hope it does. I get a constant buzz. I have even tested this with no cables. Just my headphones in the mixer and I get a buzz even then. Could my mixer be broken? I just got it a little over a month ago. I set up my audio interface. I have to get a new cable to connect the out from my AI to my mixer, but preliminary tests reveal that the noise has been reduced.
My co-host brought over his mixer. My audio interface has no noise on its own. I have now ordered a new mixer. Hopefully the 8-channel Mackie will be a good one.
If you are using Windows 7, try going into the Windows recording interface options and pull the recording level for the usb codec down. I honestly just made a very modest donation because this one post is so awesome and helpful for me. Thank you so much! Now I just have to decide which mixer is best for me. So many to choose from and so much to know. I am much better equipped now.
I really appreciate it and good luck with your setup. Sounds like you are getting close! This was really helpful. That just requires a cable from the phone headphone to the mixer input. Are you trying to do something different than that? I use Macs, running While recording the interview on Audio Hyjack Pro, I would like to be able to play an MP3 file from my mac through either iTunes or Fission that the person I am speaking to on Google Voice can hear, so we can discuss it during the interview.
Presently I cannot do that. Will this mix minus set-up enable me to accomplish this task? If so, please let me know how if there is any variation to the set up you describe.
Yes you can do that with a mix-minus setup. The newest version of AHP makes this pretty easy. How do I record the skype call with my voice on one channel and the other persons on the other? This would be a nightmare to edit.
If you are going into the Roland then the only way to split that would be to hard pan your channels on the mixer. I have been looking for months for an explanation that will help me use my Alexis Multimix 8, for not only Skype calls, but also just to broadcast on Spreaker, where I do my podcast. Then it appears that your sending the mix back into another Macbook Pro.
Is it the same computer? What about the iMac in the shot? What about the settings in the computer that has the mixer plugged into it? Any other settings I need to worry about? I have been very frustrated by these issues for a long time! The audio is coming out of one macbook and going back into the same computer to feed Skype via the Aux Send.
You could send it into another computer if needed or feed another computer the main mix in order to record both tracks. The only settings you need to mess with on the computer should be Skype or whatever other software you are using to talk online. Set the ins and outs for the headphone and microphone inputs and outputs and you should be good. I would explain my question with a scenario for better clarity. Our listeners will be calling in from different countries for the conference.
I want to ensure that each caller is on the separate channel for the best audio quality. How do we go about it? Skype mods told me that the only way to achieve a separate channel is to have different account for each number and each one gets logged on a separate device. Now that means we will have 9 devices running simultaneously and hooked to the mixer. Each device gets hooked to a channel and each call has be answered from a separate device.
What would you recommend? Hi, yes the Skype mods are correct. In order for everybody to have their own channel you will need a large amount of gear. The mixer is an even bigger issue because it needs to be able to accept that many channels and equally output that many channels all separately. That is handled via a mixer that has firewire or thunderbolt output into multichannel software.
You can take a look at Voicemeeter for Windows and see if it can be accomplished via that software or something like Audio Hijack Pro for the Mac. This would be a really difficult setup primarily because you are trying to record everyone on to their own track.
If you mixed it all together you could accomplish it with simple recording software, a small mixer and two or even one computer. How will everyone be able to hear everyone i. Would the mixer help in accomplishing this task? Thank you for this video. Is the diagram online some where? I do have a few questions. I have never done a podcast and have no equipment yet. I do have a macbook pro last years model. I also want to use my ipad with bossjock for sound FX.
Will it be possible using the setup you have in the video to run everything through the mixer then back out to the iphone so everyone through the iphone will be able to hear everything from the ipad and the laptop? Will I need more cables to make this happen? You may not have found the same mixer. You need to be able to send and receive audio and the iPhone input allows for that with a TRRS connection. Great tut thanks you for this. I have tried both stereo and mono cables from the FX Send port on the board to the mic in on the laptop and it sounds very low and distorted.
If I try and turn up the gains it just gets over modulated. There will be around callers collectively on both the laptops using the same account. The podcast will be running live using Edcast on windows laptop 2.
Can you suggest the setup in detail since I am newbie. You might lessen the difficultly by trying everyone on a single Skype call if possible or using Google Hangouts. If I opt to buy a recorder like the H5 and forego recording into my computer than I can go with my first choice. I have a MacBook Pro which has a line-in port as well as a headphones out port. Maybe I can have you on my show someday! Congrats on the show! First question is what kind of microphone are you currently using and how are you getting it into the computer?
Secondly take a look at this post http: Also, the ProFX4v2 is a very interesting and almost weird mixer. If you get an H5 there is an interesting thing you can do with it to kind of hack it to record Skype, see this video I did: Otherwise the post here on mix-minus will walk you through the setup.
You would use you line in and headphone out and not need the iMic. The proper cables are listed in the post. Let me know what you end up going with or any more questions you have! Thanks for insight Ray. I have a MacBook Pro.
Thanks again for your suggestions. I set everything up using cables and connections listed in your setup. I can also hear the Skype call clearly. But when the test call finishes and plays it back, my mic volume is extremely low and the Skype test call voice is fine. Also, my Zoom H5 is not picking up any signal. Do you have consulting services?
This set up should work right. I think I solved the problem. That seemed to do it. Whether I had the right settings on the H5 the first time is another issue. Need a coach standing over me to talk me through.
Great video and very helpful. I was hoping you could help me out. My friend and I want to do a podcast with Skype Call Recorder and interview a third person over the phone. How can I properly configure my equipment to maximize my podcast? In your setup, the best thing to do would be to use a mix-minus to connect to your interviewees on Skype and record that into your recorder while using Skype Call Recorder as a backup.
I thought I had this nailed. I bought an Alesis Multimix8, and followed instructions to a T. Instead of using Skype, I set up an account with a conference call service. I tested everything out, but when I went live — I got a reverb of my own voice in the headset. It was about a 5 second delay, but I heard everything back in my headset — too distracting to carry on. If you are monitoring the live feed then you will hear that on delay but if you go and listen to the live feed afterward and there is no feedback, meaning just your voice once, then you are fine.
You need to monitor at the mixer. If you are hearing yourself twice in the mixer then yes something is setup wrong and somewhere your voice is coming back into the mixer. Not really sure how that would happen unless the conference call is sending your voice back for some reason which it should not do. Would the setup you laid out work for recording Google Hangouts or is that something entirely different?
I have a simple setup that I would like to put together… for broadcasting. The mix-minus setup would be the same. You send the aux send to Skype with just the microphone channel and then you send the entire recording to your software via a USB or main mix out. You really really save my butt. I am going crazy here trying to figure out how to make this work. Your video might do it. But, the problem I am facing is that my guests hear the music and it swells all over the place, overall bad sound for them and when they talk.
It gets 10 times worse for them. It was like this over Skype or google hangout. Thanks and great video! I racking my brain trying to remember where I heard something like this before.
I think maybe Skype has some built in processing that might be making the music sound weird but you said it was Hangouts too. I would post your questions there since there are thousands of people and likely someone who has personal experience with this issue. Give it a shot. When I had this set up before, I was able to record while hearing my audio. The Aux sends are before the mute switch so that is probably why you still hear those channels but the main mix is after the mute switch so the signal does not go to the recorder.
This was a great article and video. I learned a lot from it and I look forward to listening to your podcast on episode 3 and trying this out. Would mix-minus work with 4 skype callers plus me. If I lower the aux send on the incoming skype call so they can hear me and any sound clip will they still hear each other? With this set up would you recommend the skype callers recording themselves and sending the file? How would you set up the sound board if it was on the same computer as the skype call?
How does the panning help? This setup will work the same. They are connected to each other via Skype so therefore they hear each other. If the people on Skype also record themselves with only their audio on the recording then you can get an even higher quality because their audio is not going through Skype however this is much more work for everyone. The soundboard would have to also be sent into Skype probably through the use of some kind of virtual cable software which then would also have to see your Aux input.
Panning would separate your channel from the Skype channel for a typical mixer that outputs a stereo signal only. Can I still use garage band to record the podcast with this setup or do I need to buy a recorder? Yes if you have the right setup. Check towards the end of the page for the section on recording to a computer. I made a diagram of how I have things wired now. I have one laptop that will be using Adobe Audition as well as running Skype. My goal is to be able to record myself on my XLR mic, my co-host over Skype and potentially have an ipad connected for sound effects etc.
Here is the diagram of how I currently have things setup. It appears that my microphone will only record in Audition when the To Phones button is pressed in. That will send all your audio to Skype and allow you to hear your Skype guest but not yourself. In your setup, the Behringer USB device should not be needed. Take that out of the equation. Plug the into the computer via USB and use that as your input for Audition, it will have all audio sent into the mixer.
Plug the Aux Send into the Line In on the computer and choose that as your input for Skype and make sure ch. You should be set to go after that! Thank you so much for getting back to me Ray. I have done as you instructed and eliminated the second Behringer USB card from the setup. It seems to work correctly. I have all the FX knobs turned off as well. I do have an 1. I will experiment with that a little more. My final question is, since I did buy this additional USB sound card, do you think it would be worth it to get all the appropriate cables and use it instead of my onboard soundcard from my laptop?
You actually need to have all the FX sends turned up for all the audio you want Skype to hear your mic, sound clips, etc. I imagine that would be this http: Can you please let me know what set up you eventually found worked for you? I am wanting to do a mix minus setup with a remote co-host only, no other audio into the mix. This is also best because you can hear what is being recorded. Thanks for checking out the site and the kind words!
Sounds great, works fine. This is the reason I bought the UFO in the first place. The in and out are handle through a single TRRS plug. With your UFO, you should be able to convert your Aux send cable from 3. See my complete write up and video about that here: Thanks for taking the time to make such a well made and clear video. Everything seems to be working fine but I am having trouble getting a clean sound out to skype.
Have you come across this issue at all? Skype does, in general, do well with two people or two audio sources playing at the same time. Check out this older post including the audio at the bottom for something more insight and possible solutions http: Thanks Ray, that was really helpful.
I added that snippet of code to the. Interestingly when I use my macbook air I get a good clear sound and since changing the skype gain control even with music in the background it is good.
As for the imac sound issue I can only think that the usb sound card may not be good enough using a sound blaster or the ground loop isolators are not doing their job, frustrating to say the least: Quick question on the Panning technique for recording into this computer.
I understand all the perks of this the ability to isolate my voice from my guests in post. I could see that possibly be annoying.
I can just use something like this? Yes you will likely hear panned audio depending on where you are monitoring the audio from. So that is a big advantage. A cable like that might work. You can listen more to how we did this on this episode: Wow, I really need to re-watch this and re-read this after I get the equipment you have here. I have been kicking around the idea of trying this but I need a ton of equipment.
Hopefully I can figure this out once I get everything I need. Also, I am usually just trying to mix in 1 thing. Feel free to e-mail! If you have everyone on Skype in a conference call group call then you only need a mixer with one Aux send. I appreciate the advice on the cheaper mixer! I forgot one more thing, what wires, jacks, etc. I may mix in music or sound bites from my phone on most cases but I can see instances where I may also do so from my sounds that are on my PC. I appreciate the video very much — Very informative!
I have 2 Mackie Mix12FX mixer boards. One for the studio and one for mobile use going to events. I have Skype on one computer and use Spreaker on the other computer. Here is a link to the Mackie — http: Hi Ray, Thanks for the reply — I appreciate it very much. A friend set me up a while back, but somehow I got things mixed up when I moved computers. Still trying to figure it al out. We all appreciate YOU! I appreciate your video on the Mix Minus — Great! I bought several cables from your affiliate link so I would have extras too.
Not to mention the brilliant theme music. I bet your daughter helped you. Keep up the good work. If you get a chance check out our little podcast. Thanks Stu, Your demonstration is clear and well timed. I have just passed the link on to other interested teachers. Hi Stu, Thank you for your demonstration. They were all zeros when it came to the Behringer Podcastudio. Just in he head phones not through the computer. Wher can I check out Mixcraft 4 software couldnt find it in downloads Why do you recommend it over the other 2?
Mixcraft 4 information is here: Providing you are connecting from a computer in a New South Wales public school, you can visit this DET-Intranet site to get the details of this software bulk licence and others: What is the firewire that comes with the upgraded podcastudio?? Is it necessary or rather what it is for?? Hey, I think I have the same problem what David said and I dont know how to deal with it.
I have a Mac and I was trying on Garage- doesnt record anything. Tried on Audacity- brings out error message: You often get this problem if you plug cables around the wrong way.
Will the additional inputs and outputs work for an additional microphone and headphones? Again, sorry if this is an ignorant question. There are multiple inputs on the Podcastudio mixer, but all use a simple mono 6. You can control the pre-amp volumes and balances separately for each channel. Hi Stu, Well your video says it all. I got one of these for Christmas from my wife and was going to make a basic video on the setup too.
You did a great job and it took me awhile to find this video. Is there a chance of you making one showing how to hook up with the mic that came with it and an extra mic for 2 person podcast? Also, would you mind if I embed this video into my blog when I get it back up and running? What a nice Christmas prestent this would make Fred! Glad the video helped. In the answer to Jake 14 above, I refer to a headphone splitter to allow two sets of headphones to be connected to the podcastudio.
Here is what I was referring to:. Yeah Stu, It sure beats the socks and ties. If so, can you make a video for that or screenshots of how it would be hooked up please? I am glad I found your blog and hope when I get mine done it will be as good as yours. For example, the Windows Movie Maker team anticipated this type of request and included a feature to export only the audio portion of your video as a WMA file.
When you go to publish your movie, Windows Movie Maker will ask you about audio quality settings and create a WMA, instead of allowing you to choose a video format. Here are some instructions:. Thanks for the vid. It was very helpful. I call in to a site to record my podcast blogtalkradio. Skype picks up my voice, but I hear nothing in headphones. This site is a great resource for teachers and others new technology and I was glad to find it.
I am a complete beginner to using equipment more advanced than a built-in mic to podcast. That said, I want to make better quality podcasts using GarageBand on a Mac with my students so I bought. Any advice greatly appreciated. Mixer — Mac connector: To rule out Garage Band and ducking as being a problem, try recording into iMovie.
Adjust the Trim control and see if that makes any difference. Finally, if you have access to a PC, try it with Audacity just to rule out any issues with the Mac. I have my Podcaststudio set up exactly like the video.
I am using Audacity, and can record and playback. The problem is this: What am I missing? Hi Barbara in Missouri. Thanks for the speedy response! I do think that you are right — it does sound more speeded up — like chipmunks. Is it like playing a 45rpm vinyl single at 78rpm for example? Do you have an ordinary microphone you can test to plug into the little pink connector? Hi there, I am using Windows and Audacity software at present. I have managed to get a sample of my voice mixed with music for podcasting but I can only hear all this through the headphones and not the computer afterwards.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. You record with Audacity and when you playback, it only plays through the headphones?
Hi again, I figured out what I was doing wrong, thanks for the tips. I was wondering if you have any advice on how to limit background noise so that the podcast sounds like it has been recorded in a proper studio with best quality sound? When I record my voice, the volume of my voice tends to be very low and the background sound drowns it out a bit despite the mic volume being high on both the console and audacity. The mic supplied with Podcastudio is normally quite good at cancelling background noise.
Try various adjustments of the PAD dial. Hey Stu, Is there a place I can send you a screenshot to? It is driving me nuts. I am just trying to get this thing to work without a humming or background noise. I think I might build a portable mic booth for the mic and see if that gets rid of the background noise. Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated. They support their products, particularly if they are still under warranty. Are you wanting to do this Live? If not, why not record the CD into a track with a decent music mixer program like Mixcraft 4, and then add your Podcast input as another track?
It may if they are separate computers. I know a lot of people are achieving incredible sounding podcasts with this Behringer set so I assume I must be doing something wrong. I have tried to smooth out recordings in post-production but they still sound like I am recording in a big room even when I am not. Any help on the best dial settings would be much appreciated. Whenever you adjust the TRIM to the right, it will cut out more background noise, but it will also quieten the whole mix, so you need to compensate by increasing the Main Mix dial.
Keep talking into the mic. Watch the LEDs on the mixer. You should regularly be hitting at least two rows of the green lights, but never hitting the red as this will cause clipping. It is more about controlling the ambient noise — the mixer can only do so much. Remember that flourescent lighting, fridges, your computer, fans etc will all create backgound noise.
The suggestions that he made above are great information. I build a portable sound booth for my mic using an old mil crate and acoustical foam. I also found that by keeping my mic away from the computer laptop and keeping it more in front of me helped greatly. I use dual monitor setup if I am recording something on my computer for a screencast.
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Thanks again for the tutorials and advice. I am having a problem trying to get Spreaker connected to my Mixer and Skype. Like most music programmers of the day, Storz and Stewart provided a little something for everyone.
Skype does, in general, do well with two people or two audio sources playing at the same time. All of the cookware in this collection is dishwasher safe, induction compatible, and oven safe up to degrees Fahrenheit.
I learned a lot from it and I look forward to listening to your podcast on episode 3 and trying this out. Need a coach standing over me to talk me through. Hook up mic to macbook pro the meantime, try hooking up your mixer with only analog connections. Instead of adding extra fans, we engineered a single, larger fan that pulls air upward through a bottom intake. Ecobee3 with 3 Room Sensors Great discount A very nice deal on our runner-up smart thermostat for Costco members only. See my complete write mormon dating advice and video about that here: Quick question on the Panning technique for recording into this computer.
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