Here’s my equipment setup:
- Host mic XLR to input one on mixer - Xenyx 802 (analog, not usb)
- Mixer Main Out in stereo to Mic input on PC
- Headphones out on PC to mixer input 3/4
- Input one (host) Pan Right
- Input 3/4 (guest) Pan Left
- Headphones in Phones Jack on mixer
I have tested this method by calling myself from my phone. The output is in stereo on one track in Audition and I can split that to two tracks and all is well. There are a couple issues here though. First, my headphones are tied to the levels on input 3/4 meaning I can change the volume in my headset with the 3/4 level knob. I suppose this makes sense because the audio is coming from my mic on 1, going out to the pc, and then coming back in on 3/4. This isn’t an issue really except that when I switch to editing, I have to unplug 3/4 from the PC and plug my headphones into the pc to hear both sides or turn the 3/4 dial to center pan - for editing this doesn’t work because there is noise on that channel so I just plug directly into the PC. Secondly, I should be using the FX Send output and FX knobs to do a mix minus. When I use FX Send out to the PC mic input, Skype simply won’t recognize the mic. Windows does, Sound Recorder does, Audition does. However, Audition freezes when I try to record. And isn’t FX send mono so wouldn’t my recordings be stuck together? I get so confused with this. I’ve watch all different kids of videos trying to get this right. A lot of people use that portable USB mic/phones jack but I really should be able to do this without additional gear.
Any ideas? I’d love to have the mixer/board/table Mike suggests, but I can’t drop $350 on that mixer.