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Can you please tell me: how do I record a podcast interview

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Can you please tell me: how do I record a podcast interview with someone on my PC without holding a dictaphone to the speakers? I want the audio to not be tinny.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Computer Hardware
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 2 years ago.
Hello and thank you for choosing So, capturing the audio BEFORE it goes to the speakers would be the best bet. Like a LINE OUT type of capture.Are you famalier with this?
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 2 years ago.
Use software called STEREO MIX.Stereo Mix is sometimes called “What U Hear.” It’s a special recording option that may be provided by your sound drivers. If it is, you can select it (instead of a microphone or audio line-in input) and force any application to record the same sound that your computer is outputting from its speakers or headphones.On modern versions of Windows, Stereo Mix is generally disabled by default — even if your sound drivers support it.Click here to ENABLE Stereo Mix
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

does stereo mix come with most PCs?

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 2 years ago.
I believe this started with Windows7.So yeah, it comes with most PC's that have Windows7 or higher.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

So I would open up the software and it would record all sound coming through my speakers?

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 2 years ago.
Precisely!But have you visited the link i shared with you (above)? It shows details.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Awesome thank you I'm on my phone so I'll do that on my PC at ASAP. But what do I do about recording my interview questions? Also what happens if our conversation crosses over? Will it only capture him talking?

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 2 years ago.
It captures EVERYTHING that comes out of the speakers. Not what goes INTO the computer.
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 2 years ago.
And you are very welcome.Please take a moment and rate my performance.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The problem that I need to record a two way conversation. How do I do that?

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 2 years ago.
Alrighty, i understand..You will want to use a software tool, and the best ive used is called Total Recorder.
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 2 years ago.
Did Total Recorder work for you, or did you want some other suggestions?.Another suggestion would be Audacity, which I FREE and OPEN SOURCE.Nothing BEATS free! Especially when it works, and has a professional look and feel.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. I'll give audacity a go. However I have one additional question: how can I guarantee that my voice and my interviewee's voice is perfectly recorded?Would it be wise of me to buy a podcast microphone and plug the USB lead in?Also if I do need to buy a microphone how do I ensure that the interviewee isn't echoey? Do I need to insist he buys a microphone at his end, or is there another way of perfecting the sound at his end?Thanks so much for your help.
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 2 years ago.
The better the equipment that is CAPTURING the audio, THE BETTER..So, yeah, if you can upgrade to a better Microphone, then DO SO! I suggest spending about $200 for a decent microphone. Just saying, that the cheepo $50 might look nice, and perform OKAY.....a professional microphone is just WORLDS apart..Cheers ***** ***** a moment to rate my performance.