Using MixerFace with Skype
In this tech note we will show you how to use MixerFace with Skype™. More specifically, we will demonstrate a way to work around a frustrating Skype limitation. Frustrating, because Skype has a mono input, so you could only send one audio source to the party on the other side of the conversation. But sometimes that’s not enough. Until now, users were prevented from using MULTIPLE inputs within the Skype application. Thankfully, that’s about to change, because MixerFace makes it possible to use two inputs with Skype.
Now you can use two microphones for conducting remote interviews. You and the person you are interviewing will be heard on the other side of the conversation in perfect, broadcast-level clarity. You can record your podcasts and interviews with multiple people who are located remotely and yet, it will sound like everyone is in the same room together. Consider the savings in travel costs!
If you teach online music lessons, you will also find this tech note valuable. Previously, you had to choose what your student hears — either your voice or your instrument. Now you can plug both a microphone and an electric guitar (or bass) into MixerFace and let the other party hear both in perfect studio quality. Your students will hear your instruction and your instrument clearly, which will help them learn better and improve faster.
What you will need:
- USB cable
- 2 input sources
- Free Mac Apps (Soundflower + Ladiocast), if you are on a Mac
- Windows App (Voicemeeter Banana), if you are on Windows
Setup On Mac:
- Install Soundflower + Ladiocast
- Inside Ladiocast, go to Input 1 and select MixerFace as input device
- Inside Ladiocast, go to Main Output and select Soundflower (2ch)
- Inside Ladiocast, go to Input 2 (corresponds to Aux 1) and select MixerFace
- For Input 2 select Ch. 2 of MixerFace
- As Input 2 corresponds to Aux 1, make sure Aux Output is also set to Soundflower (2ch)
- Pull up Skype’s Audio & Video Settings and set audio to Soundflower (2ch)
*FYI: alternatively you can just set Input 2 output to Main Output as you did for Input 1
Setup on Windows:
That’s it! now you can use both inputs on MixerFace and send their signal to the other party. They will be mixed down to mono inside the software and the other party will hear both channels clearly.
Links for free software used:
- Soundflower- https://github.com/mattingalls/Soundflower
- Ladiocast- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ladiocast/id411213048?mt=12
- Voicemeeter (PC)- https://www.vb-audio.com/Voicemeeter/banana.htm
For additional inspiration, Check out our series of podcasts, where we interview famous personalities in the Audio and Music industry. Many interviews are done via Skype, in the way that’s described in this tech note.
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