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Record a Skype Call for a Podcast on a Mac

Although we recommend setting up a mix-minus to record a Skype call for your podcast, if you’re starting out, or don’t want to spend money on new equipment, it’s possible to record Skype calls for podcasts on your Mac at no cost. All you need is Soundflower, Audacity, Skype, and a USB headset/microphone.

For this example, we will be using Logitech’s H360 Headset as the USB device.

Before we begin, plug in your USB device and make sure you have the three programs installed above. You might want to reboot your computer after installing them for good measure.

Note: Once you download and install Soundflower, you won’t see the program in your Applications folder. Click on the volume icon at the top of your screen make sure Soundflower (2ch) and Soundflower (64ch) are options to select there.

In six easy steps, you can record on your Mac with no extra equipment in under 15 minutes.

1. Set the Sound Preference to your USB device

Go to System Preferences => Sound, and set your Output and Input tabs to your USB device.
Set the Sound Preference to your USB device

2. Create Multi-Output Device

Open Audio MIDI Setup: Press ⌘ and the spacebar to bring up the Spotlight Search. Type Audio MIDI Setup in the search bar and open the program. Then click the plus sign at the bottom. Click the Create Multi-Output Device link.
Create Multi-Output Device

Set the Master Device to Soundflower (64ch) and the Sample Rate to 44.1 kHz. Then check the boxes under Use for your USB device and Soundflower (64ch).
Multi-Output Device

3. Create Aggregate Device

Again, click the plus sign at the bottom. Click the Create Aggregate Device link.
Create Multi-Output Device

Set the Clock Source to your USB device and the Sample Rate to 48.0 kHz. Then check the boxes under Use for your USB device and Soundflower (64ch).
Aggregate Device

4. Setup Skype

Open Skype, and the go to Preferences => Audio/Video. Set both the Microphone and Ringing settings to your USB Device. Set Speakers to Multi-Output Device.
Setup Skype

5. Setup Audacity

Open Audacity. (Relaunch the program if it was open during steps 2 and 3.) Go to Preferences => Devices. Select Built-in Output for the Playback device, and Aggregate Device for the Recording device. Set its channel to 3.
Setup Audacity

On Audacity’s main recording screen, your options should now be set to the following:
Audacity Recording Screen

6. Start and Record a Skype call

Start your Skype call, and hit the record button in Audacity because you’re all set! Happy Podcasting!