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.
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
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.
3. Create Aggregate Device
4. 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.
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!