written by
David Hooper

Mix Minus for Skype

Podcast Production Podcasting Hardware 1 min read

Let's say you have an interview-format podcast with a guest who connects via phone or Skype. Or you have a co-hosted podcast with a co-host who connects via phone or Skype. To record this podcast, you need to get both sides of the conversation on tape.

But "both sides of the conversation" is a problem for the guy connecting via phone or Skype. He only needs to hear your side, because sending his part of the conversation back to him will come through an echo and is a potential source of feedback.

The solution, known as a "mix minus" is a "mix" of you (and possibly an in-studio co-host, sound effects, or other signals from within your studio), "minus" the guy who's connected remotely.

Here's an easy-to-follow diagram of how to wire a mix minus using a Zoom H6 Portable Recorder thanks to Danny Stern, Co-Chair of San Francisco Podcasters Association.

Note that this setup will work with recorders other than the Zoom H6, provided you have both a line out (headphones) and a line-level output (your voice into the iRig 2 interface), but know a line-level output is not a common feature on many mid-price recorders, so double-check for this before purchasing.

Other "Mix Minus" Options

Don't have a Zoom H6 Portable Recorder?

If you record your podcast using a mixer, read How To Connect A Phone To A Mixer.

If you want an even simpler solution for recording remote guests and co-hosts, use a USB mix like the ATR2100 to go directly into your computer and pick one of the following options:

  1. Connect via Skype and record using either Call Recorder (Mac) or Pamela (PC).
  2. Connect and record via SquadCast or Cleanfeed.
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