I have recorded dozens of interviews for my radio show over the past few years. Some of those interviews were done at the radio station and some were done on location at the concert venue. Of course, these ways of conducting interviews can sometimes be a little trying. We have to work within time constraints and things don’t always go according to plan.
I have been trying to figure out how to record telephone calls from home to help simplify the interview process and for me to be able to produce more radio segments.
I’d heard of Skype but really had no interest in video conferencing with anyone. But I found out that you can use it just like a phone. You can talk to other Skype users for free and you can also purchase time to call any landline or cell phone number.
In order to record your phone conversations on the computer, you need a VOIP recorder. I have been using Riviera for Skype and I am impressed with how simple it is to use.
Here is what the Skype Call Rercorder looks like . . .
The interface is not overly crowded with options. You can access it easily through the desktop icon or from the system tray on the start bar.
You can set it to automatically record your conversations as well. They are recorded as MP3s so you don’t need to load any conversion software, or worry about where and how you can playback the files. You also are not limited by time. You can record conversations of any length.
The calls are conveniently stored as MP3 files in a folder labelled “Calls.”
You can record Skype calls of any type including the free Skype-to-Skype calls, SkypeIn / SkypeOut, Conference calls, calls to cells, etc.
They offer free support, free lifetime updates, and upgrades.
In the interest of full disclosure, Riviera for Skype, is giving me a full version of their VOIP recorder for writing this post. However, after using this program and seeing how easy and effective it can be, I’m sure I would have forked over the money to buy it.
You can try Riviera for Skype for free for 14 days. If you like it, you can purchase the program for less then $12. That’s a great deal.