How to record each party on a Skype call to a separate file

Follow these steps to record each party on a Skype call to a separate file.  You can use this CallBurner feature if you require each party to have their separate audio track.  One reason for recording each party to a separate file would would possibly be in the event of an interview (such as on a podcast for example) where the interviewer would like to edit the conversation in a later stage during post-production. Having each party in a separate file, gives you a lot of control and flexibility when it comes to editing the call later (i.e. one side of the call could be a too loud or too quiet and you can easily adjust the volume levels to make the overall conversation more audible).

These steps assume you have Skype and CallBurner installed. Do you need help with installing CallBurner, or perhaps installing Skype?

To configure CallBurner to record each party on a Skype call to a separate file, follow these steps:

1. Click on the CallBurner chilli icon in the system tray to bring up the CallBurner Call Monitor window as shown below:

2. Click on the ‘Options’ tab (4th tab from the left) as shown below, and then click on ‘Configure…’:

CallBurner Options Button

3. When you see the ‘CallBurner Options’ dialog, select the “Recording” (as shown below):

Skype Recording Options

4. Note the ‘Advanced Recording Options’ panel of the Recording Options dialog.  In this dialog, you can configure audio encoding options, audio format options etc.  More information on audio encoding and audio format options.  To configure CallBurner to record each side of the call separately, you need to check the ‘Store raw audio in addition to the audio recorded in the format above’ checkbox.  When this option is checked, CallBurner will record a single file with combined audio to the file format specified in the ‘Audio Format’ section, and an additional two .wav files – one for your side of the call and one for the other side.  The separate wav files contain raw audio (as in, uncompressed audio) which can be then edited in your post production software of choice.

Note: CallBurner names each of the wav files with the following names, in the directory specified in the ‘Folder to store recordings in’ setting:

  • ‘This side.wav’ – This file contains audio only from your side of the Skype call
  • ‘Other side.wav’ – This file contains audio only from the other side of the Skype call

CallBurner can record ecah party to a separate file on the the following types of Skype calls:

If you have any problems getting this to work, we can help – just email us at callburner@callburner.com for assistance.