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I've been podcasting for about a year now, interviewing people... I've recently obtained a couple clients for my freelance content writing, and they want me to interview people for articles, etc. I had the thought to record the interviews at a high enough quality so clips can be used in various ways later, not just as a means for me to type up the interview. For my podcasting, I've always interviewed people onsite in my studio. For my content writing, I would have to use equipment that's very mobile as I would rarely actually be in my home studio, and something that I can use over the phone since the people I will be interviewing are all over the U.S. I have tried the CellTap 4C, which doesn't like my Mac laptop. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!! Laura

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Are you looking for suggestions of gear, software, workflow, etc?

I've recorded telephone interviews using a cell phone with a mixer, using a Skype phone number and software, and also using an iPad with with a cell Phone running Skype. Depending on what you're wanting to do, I can probably make some recommendations based on what's worked for me.
What gear are you starting with?

I see that you have a Mac. But what else is already in your studio?

With the CellTap 4C I was attempting to use my Mac laptop, Studio One software, my iPhone 6, and my apple earbuds with mic. My laptop headphone jack was not cooperating as an input, so I tried to use iRig Pro between my laptop and the CellTap 4C. Still didn't work. 

Nothing else in my studio is mobile enough for me to use. ...though I do have an iPad. I was really hoping the CellTap 4C would work because I was a huge fan of the idea that I would only have to buy one tiny piece of hardware to connect everything I already had. 

I've heard rumors that Skype can be a bad connection, which is why I haven't tried it. I'm needing a solution that will work with phone calls, and be a quick setup/tear down. Not sure that I know enough to be more specific than that :) Thanks!

This is a great example of how I've been able to record Skype calls on the go without special software on the computer.

http://bossjockstudio.com/son-of-frankenskype-return-of-the-all-ios...

With 2 mics, you could record an in-person interview. With 1 mic + a cell phone and a special cable, you could record yourself + a phone or skype call. Substitute a computer and your favorite recording software to replace the iPad and BossJock if you'd like.

For recording Mac only + phone, I recommend the ATR2100 USB connection + Skype (with SkypeIn phone number) + Call Recorder for Mac. It'll also work for actual Skype conversations.

All of the gear is pretty mobile and will get you good results.

Let me know if you have questions.

Thanks! I'll take a look

I've found Skype and callnote to be a winning combination.

Have you had any problems with Skype? I've heard rumors it can be a bad connection...

I have always had good luck with Skype and Wiretap studio to capture the recording. If you are looking for quality audio, the same as if you were in the same room recording. I would often have the interviewee also record using software like garage band while you are conducting the interview. Then have the share the file they create the MP3 file with you via dropbox or google drive. you can then split the into your recording by adding a second track. Its a bit of work but the quality is outstanding.

Happy Holidays

Hope this helps, Dennis

Dennis, did you download a free version of Wiretap studio? And, do you have a mac? Thanks! Laura

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