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Published on December 23, 2007

Author: dkaye

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From The Conversations Network, Doug Kaye and Paul Figgiani explain the tips and techniques for recording high-quality interviews using Skype.

Skype for Interviews Doug Kaye Paul Figgiani

The Conversations Network • 2,000+ Podcasts Since 2003 • Distributors of The Levelator • A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Broadcast Quality • Hosts: Studio Quality • Guests: Studio or Telephone via Digital Hybrid

The Old Way • Studio Mics for Hosts • Telephones for Guests

Skype for Interviews? • We’ve Always Said “No” • Until Now

Skype for Interviews? • We’ve Always Said “No” • Until Now

Yes, Skype for Interviews! • Skype Improved, Spring 2007 • Extensive Testing • Best Practices

Example #1 • Paul on Telephone • Doug on Telephone

Example #1 • Paul on Telephone • Doug on Telephone

Example #2 • Paul on Studio Mic • Doug on Telephone • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality

Example #2 • Paul on Studio Mic • Doug on Telephone • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality

Example #2 • Paul on Studio Mic • Doug on Telephone • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality

Example #3 • Doug on Skype (Host) • Paul on Skype (Guest) • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality

Example #4 • Paul on Skype (Host/Local) • Doug on SkypeOut (Telephone) • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality

Example #4 • Paul on Skype (Host/Local) • Doug on SkypeOut (Telephone) • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality

Skype Out • Guests Need Only a Phone • Call Almost Any Country

The Proper Environment

A Good (?) Headset • Use USB • Avoid Analog Inputs

Plantronics Audio 650 USB

Headsets • Postion Mics Carefully • Avoid Nose/Mouth Breathing

Shut Down Other Apps • BitTorrent • iTunes (!) • email • RSS readers • IM clients

Have a Good Connection • At least 5kBytes/second (~40kbps) • 100kbps to be safe!

dslreports.com

Conference Call? • 100kbps per guest

SVOPC Codec • Skype 2.6+ (OS X) • Skype 3.2+ (Windows)

Technical Call Info • OS X Skype ➞ Preferences ➞ Advanced

Technical Call Info • OS X Skype ➞ Preferences ➞ Advanced • Windows Tools ➞ Options ➞ Advanced ➞ Connection

The Relay Problem • Most firewalls block the most optimal packets. • Relays via SuperNodes work around this problem. • But SuperNodes add a hop... • and may use TCP vs. UDP.

The Relay Problem • Most firewalls block the most optimal packets. • Relays via SuperNodes work around this problem. • But SuperNodes add a hop... • and may use TCP vs. UDP.

The Relay Problem • Most firewalls block the most optimal packets. • Relays via SuperNodes work around this problem. • But SuperNodes add a hop... • and may use TCP vs. UDP.

The Relay Problem • Most firewalls block the most optimal packets. • Relays via SuperNodes work around this problem. • But SuperNodes add a hop... • and may use TCP vs. UDP.

Avoid: • Relays • SuperNodes • TCP

Router/Firewall Changes • Your calls will bypass SuperNodes. • But your computer may be used as a SuperNode.

Router/Firewall Changes • Your calls will bypass SuperNodes. • But your computer may be used as a SuperNode.

Avoid Being a SuperNode • Shut down Skype or • un-do the firewall changes.

Recording Skype Calls • Route host and guest to separate tracks. • Record in high-quality uncompressed format.

Recording Skype Calls • Route host and guest to separate tracks. • Record in high-quality uncompressed format.

Separate Tracks? • Easier to edit in post- production. • Host and guest tracks may need separate processing.

Separate Tracks? • Easier to edit in post- production. • Host and guest tracks may need separate processing.

Record Uncompressed • MP3 is for final release only!

Audio Hijack Pro

Recording (OS X) • AudioHijack Pro * • Call Recorder

Recording (Windows) • CallBurner * • Pamela • TotalRecorder Pro • CallSoft VOiP

Post-Production

Skype for Interviews Doug Kaye Paul Figgiani

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