Is there any way I can use audacity to directly record phone interviews
to my computer?
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| From "Rosalie Riegle" <riegle@...>
| Wed, 28 Jun 2006 07:13:17 -0400
| Is there any way I can use audacity to directly record phone
| interviews to my computer?
Assuming you mean landline telephone calls you will need an external
adaptor for recording telephone conversations (like the ones used to
record to cassette), connected to the line-in or microphone port on the
computer as per the instructions for the equipment. In Audacity
Preferences > Audio I/O tab you would set the recording device to the
soundcard and in the input selector dropdown on the mixer toolbar
you would set the recording source to line-in or microphone according
to which port on the computer the adaptor is plugged into.
Two examples of telephone to computer adaptors are here
(also allows audio to be sent from the computer to the telephone)
Or if you already have a cassette player you can use a cheaper
conventional telephone adaptor to record to the cassette player. Then
if you wish to edit the recordings in Audacity you can transfer them
from the cassette player to Audacity by connecting a cable from
headphones out on the player to line-in on the computer - see
Two examples of telephone to cassette adaptors are here
If you meant VoIP (internet) telephone calls such as Skype, it's difficult
to record these with Audacity because you need to record both sides
of the conversation simultaneously: a) the microphone input and
b) the computer output, and most sound cards (and Audacity) can only
record one source at a time. So you need a specialised recorder that can
grab the sound before it reaches the soundcard.
For Skype you can use these programs on Windows
for OS X
For other VoIP services like Yahoo and MSN Messenger there is this Windows
For other operating systems I suggest you do a Google search
including your operating system in the search terms.
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Tested on: 28/06/2006 14:30:17