Pete Cashmore (hey - when do I get on your blogroll? 😉 asked what I used to record yesterday's Skype call / podcast with Kevin (the sound quality is good).
I had previously used this set up, but as you can see it is v.fiddly and requires lots of tuning each time to get sound levels right, etc. Basically it has been a pain in the nether regions to record Skype calls.
Given the hassle, I was ready to try something that would simplify the whole process and improve the results of the output.
HotRecorder is an app that records calls that you make using Google Talk, Skype, AIM, Net2Phone, Yahoo! Messenger, FireFly. (Leah - when can we get something for MSN Messenger??)
There are two versions of the 'HR' product, one is free and has an ad supported revenue model. The output is a proprietary file is something called an ELP that can only be 'played back' in the HR product. Which is no good
The HR Premium version ($14.95) allows you to use another HotRecorder product beta which you can download once you get your serial number for HR Premium (look for it in the mail) called AudioConverter tool. This lets you convert the .ELP file into a .WAV file. That's why you need the 'Premium' version...
It looks like the folks at HotRecorder are developing a product called Hotrecorder for Podcasts (not out yet) that I assume integrates the Hotrecorder with Audio Converter tool. Obviously makes sense...
Anyway, this might sound a little convoluted, but it is much simpler than what I was used to...so herewith are the blow-by-blow instructions:
- Download and buy HotRecorder premium
- Look out for the email that provides the serial number and click to download the Audio Converter Tool
- Fire up HotRecorder -select which folder you want the .ELP to be dropped in (>Options)
- Fire up Skype and call someone 🙂 (or Google Talk, Skype , AIM, Net2Phone, Yahoo! Messenger, FireFly)
- Start the recording in HotRecorder
- Have your conversation, stop recording. Name the file (you'll be prompted), wait for it to encode
- Fire up AudioConverter Tool
- Select the .ELP you want to convert to .WAV - also select which folder you want the .WAV to be dropped in
- Download and fire up Audacity
- Open the .WAV file from within Audacity, then Export as .MP3 (>File)