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Recording Skype Calls on Your PC using Voicemeeter

One of the many hats I wear is producing Radio Drama Revival.  Frequently, host David Rheinstrom interviews guests about the medium, their process and interesting details about their lives.  As a producer for the podcast and a number of show of my own, I have a number of tools for working worldwide with guests and cast members.

Today’s method is for PC Only, and uses a piece of software from VB-Audio called Voicemeeter

What is Voicemeeter?

VB-Audio refers to Voicemeeter as a virtual mixing board.  And it is.  But it’s much more.  Voicemeter acts as a virtual audio cable, digital patch bay and really gives the user control over multiple audio cards by combining them into one interface.  In my own applications, I use Voicemeeter to control multiple monitors and microphones in three to four applications at once.

Which version do I need?

While you can do a lot more in terms of configuration using Voicemeeter Banana, for most configurations, the standard version of Voicemeeter work just fine and are simpler to use.  I’ll be using the Standard version for this tutorial.

Voicemeeter SkypeConfiguration

The Voicemeeter interface contains three sections and a robust options menu.  The Main Screen features two multi-channel hardware inputs (1 & 2), a multi-channel virtual input and a hardware out featuring two main outputs (A1 & A2) and a virtual main output (B)

Step 1: Hardware Out

In the Hardware Out section, click the arrow below the A1.  Select the appropriate audio card.  I’m using a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 in this example.  If available, select the ASIO (this stands for Audio Stream Input/Output) version of your particular audio interface.

Voicemeeter SkypeStep 2: Hardware Input 1

When using the ASIO driver, The first Hardware Input will automatically set to ASIO Input (1+2).  For WDM, KS and MME configurations, you will need to set your hardware input manually.  Simply click the arrow below the 1 in the Hardware Input section and select the same device driver selected in Hardware Out.  If you are using a separate hardware for your microphone, select the device that supports your microphone. Ensure virtual bus B is selected to send the microphone to the virtual mains.

Step 3: Virtual Input

Ensure virtual bus A is selected to send audio from the DAW and Skype to your monitors.

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Voicemeeter SkypeStep 4: Set Sample Rate

Click Menu > System Settings/Options. In the options window, set you preferred main sample rate to match whatever sample rate you intend to record in your DAW.  Typically, either 44100 or 48000 will do for most purposes. More information on podcast sample rates.

Voicemeeter SkypeStep 5: Skype Audio Options

In Skype, navigate to your audio options menu. Set your microphone and speakers to the Voicemeeter virtual driver as shown in the image.

Voicemeeter SkypeStep 6: DAW Audio Options

In your DAW, navigate to your audio options menu. Set your audio driver to the Voicemeeter virtual driver,  as shown in the image.  Use the ASIO drivers if they are available.

Local Recording

At this point you are configured to do local recording to your DAW while conversing via Skype.  This configuration will record your end only, and not the conversation from Skype.  This is ideal for voice actors who need to record only their own lines, and interviewees who only need to record their side of the conversation.

Voicemeeter SkypeStep 7: Virtual Input [OPTIONAL]

In order to record the audio from Skype, simply enable Bus B in the Virtual Input Section to send the audio from Skype to the DAW for recording.  This will allow you to record a single mono containing both your Skype call and your voice.

Voicemeeter SkypeStep 8: Record to Separate Tracks [OPTIONAL]

To record the audio from Skype on a separate track, pan the audio from the virtual input to the right. This will allow you to record a two separate mono tracks.  The first track, set to record Input 1, will record the microphone information.  The second track, set to record Input 2 will record the audio from Skype.

Note: Playback in this configuration will be completely panned to the right ear. Return pan to normal by double-clicking on the red dot for normal listening when recording is complete.

Take Aways

I have worked with a number of virtual audio cables and virtual mixers, including ASIO4ALL.  While there are more elegant solutions for recording interviews, if you are attempting to record an interview via Skype, Voicemeeter is the simplest solution I have come by.

Voicemeeter Banana opens your options up even more as it gives you multiple virtual inputs and outputs, eliminating the need for panning to record a separate track.  That comes, however, at the cost of a slightly more complicated and potentially confusing interface.

There are many more tools, apps, and ways to record your podcast online too though. It's all about finding what works best for you, your co-hosts, and your guests.

Written by:

Matthew Boudreau

His audio post-production credits include The X-Files: Cold Cases, Joe Hill’s Locke and Key, The Cleansed - Seasons One and Two, and Intensive Care. and the independent films The Big Bad, 25 Cents for Love and The Passion of Paul Ross. Matthew currently runs UberDuo.com, focusing on field recording sound effects bundles for audio drama, podcasts and film. He is a producer of the Radio Drama Revival Podcast. He has over 15 years experience in studio and theatre sound.

September 4th 2017

  1. Sean on 7th May 2018 at 3:59 am

    one question of this setup as you see this is a good option to for doing live sessions using voicemeeter in ipdtl if you have a setup like mine that is a little complicated see below: Your method would work great for my problem as I know voicemeeter would work well for this problem. One question though essentially since all of my stuff is controlled from my end meaning the gain my soundgate external hardware etc, on voicemeeter would I just essentially leave the excess stuff meaning the fader and everything like that has noise gain control etc to 0 so I don’t mess up how I sound etc?

    I was curious if you know this technical problem I am having. My current setup: I have a Grace Design m101 external preamp my microphone is in that then I have a trs to trs cable going from the balanced output on there to a line level input on my UR 242 steinberg audio interface { Line level inputs on back of unit} It works when I record on Adobe Audition CS6 using the audio mapping on there i select input 3. but when I go on skype that is another story it only shows audio interface steinberg unit no selection for input 3? how can skype use my microphone then?

    So us

    Sean

    • Sean on 7th May 2018 at 4:00 am

      I am a voice over talent

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