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Cheapest way to pipe sound into computer for skype lessons

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by xdanxx, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. xdanxx

    xdanxx

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    Bought a webcam to take skype lessons, but the built in mic just doesn't do it. Whats the cheapest way I can directly get my instrument to my computer for a live video conference?

    I have a Xenyx 502 Mixer and a Zoom G1U but im not sure those will work for what I need.
  2. seamonkey

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    Don't you still need a Mic for voice?
    The Xenyx can do both.
    Get an adapter cable the output of the Xenyx to the Line in on the PC
  3. xdanxx

    xdanxx

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    can you elaborate on this a little further im pretty illiterate when it comes to this kind of stuff.

    Do I just run my bass into the line in, then one main out to my amp and the other main out into the line in?

    Also, if I want to use the built in webcam mic for voice how will this effect the equation on skype?

    Really appreciate the input.
  4. xdanxx

    xdanxx

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    Also what is the adapter cable called exactly that I will need?
  5. KrisHayes

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    Get a USB mic. Plug & play, and you're done.

    FWIW, if you're on a Mac, nothing comes close to the Apogee Mic. It's a no brainer, just go for it. If you're on PC, check out the Blue Spark Digital.
  6. mrbell321

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    I haven't tried this, but you might be able to use the built-in windows Stereo-Mix recording "device" as your "mic" in skype. It's not really a "device", just the mixer built into windows and your soundcard. It should mix your webcam's mic in w/ the line-in from the soundcard. Then you can play your bass into line-in(you may need to run it through your zoom).
  7. eukatheude

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    I have an usb interface but apparently Skype won't let me select its input
  8. mrbell321

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    That's a bummer... Do you have audacity? Does it let you select the interface?
    And what about the stereo mixer?
  9. Landy67

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    I'm using a Logitech cordless head set. If I have a mike then the person gets some weird feedback when I start playing guitar. I also have a problem with the Bass. The low end doesn't transfer well across skype. I generally use my guitar amplifier, since it has more of a high end.

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