Skype Recording - Mixing Bench

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  • You will need a microphone with an xlr connector, a mic cable, and a desk stand from Media Loan.

Lab Set Up

  1. Turn on the power strip
  2. Turn on the computer.
  3. Log in to the computer.
  4. Connect the microphone to Mic/Instr1 on the from of the 828 in the rack.
  5. Talk into the mic, and adjust the trim knob next to the mic input to set the levels to around -6.
  6. Plug the headphones into the 828's Phones jack.

Skype Set Up

  1. Click the magnifying glass in the top right corner, type Skype, and select Skype - Applications.
  2. Enter your Skype account and click Next.
  3. Enter your password and click Sign In.
  4. Go to Skype > Audio & Video Settings..
  5. Microphone and Speakers should be set t MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid.
  6. Talk into the microphone to check the levels.
  7. Click the red dot in the top left of the window to close the window.

Audio Hijack Set Up

  1. Click the magnifying glass in the top right corner, type Audio Hijack, and select Audio Hijack - Applications.
  2. Go to Session > Import Session.
  3. Browse to /Users/Shared/Audio Hijack Sessions.
    • Select skype-2-wav-files: if you need to record your mic and the Skype output to 2 separate wav files.
    • Select skype-mono-mp3: if you need record the mic and Skype output mixed together in 1 mp3 file.
  4. Then click Import.

Make a Call

  1. Find the person you will be calling.
  2. Turn down the volume for the speakers with the volume control box.
  3. Put on the headphones.
  4. Click the phone icon to make an audio call.
  5. When the call connects, adjust the mic levels and headphone levels as needed.


  1. With the Skype call connected, go back to Audio Hijack.
  2. Click the record button in the lower left corner.
  3. Start the interview.
  4. When you are done, click the record button to stop the recording.


  1. Go to the Window > Recordings Tab.
  2. Select a file and click the Play button.

File Management

  1. In the Recordings tab right click on the file and choose Reveal in Finder.
  2. Copy the file to a folder on the Desktop and then back up on Orca or an external drive.