I needed to record a Skype phone call. In a previous stint, both my correspondent and I each used Audacity to record our own voice (directly from the microphone), and I synchronised and merged the two separate MP3 files afterwards, again with Audacity. This time, I only could record on my side of the line. A simultaneous recording of your own voice and the incoming Skype call still happens to be a non-trivial activity on Windows. I found these options:
This is a piece of software that “virtually” connects the (Skype) output of your sound card to a virtual sound input device (scheme). So you can mix the virtual sound input with your normal microphone input.
The software is free for non-commercial purposes, but I found the docs hard to grasp and this O’Reilly tutorial warned against “the PC’s zillion possible configurations”. So I went on searching for a tool with a simpler setup. The following two solutions are both integrated with Skype and easy to set up. After trying these two however, I found this blog post with an 8-page tutorial in pdf on Virtual Audio Cables – so you still might give it a try.
When you run Powergramo, it puts itself in the Skype menu. It will record your Skype calls and prompt your for meta-information afterwards – you can even take notes during the call to be able to pinpoint relevant pieces of conversation afterwards.
You can also password-protect files and the Powergramo interface lets you play and manage your recordings (see further screenshots). The only differences between the free Basic and the $19.95 supported version are conference recording and dual track support (= separate voices in separate audio tracks, so you can mix and adjust the volumes afterwards and create a stereo effect).
This all seemed nice and well, but when I tested Powergramo there was an annoying high-pitched background buzz, which another tool, Hotrecorder didn’t have (hear for yourself Powergrano versus Hotrecorder).
Hotrecorder is handier than its horrible framed site makes you think: see screenhots. The free version is limited to two-minute-length recordings doesn’t let you export to mp3 or ogg. The paid version ($14.95) of course doesn’t have these restrictions, offers you voice mail functionality, and allows export from the proprietary ELP format to mp3, wav and ogg with a separate converter.
It also lets you record your own and your correspondent’s voice in separate tracks. If you do not want the 100% left/right stereo mix (your microphone input on the left and Skype’s output on the right), you will need to open the file in Audacity, selectively export these tracks and remix them again (if you find a more elegant solution, please leave a comment :-) ).
Update: also have a look at this list of 10 Windows and 5 Mac Skype recording tools.