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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


    Mar 12, 2008
    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


    Aug 6, 2004
    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


    Mar 12, 2008
    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


    Mar 12, 2008
    Also what is the adapter cable called exactly that I will need?
  5. KrisHayes


    Sep 30, 2012
    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


    Mar 26, 2012
    N. Colorado
    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. I have an usb interface but apparently Skype won't let me select its input
  8. mrbell321


    Mar 26, 2012
    N. Colorado
    That's a bummer... Do you have audacity? Does it let you select the interface?
    And what about the stereo mixer?
  9. 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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