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Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Sat May 18, 2019 1:06 pm

Someone wrote:

You can record the whole desktop with VLC player but the easiest would be to install Audacity, a basic wave audio editor, and record it from there.

Is this really true ?

Some portion of the sound is coming from a microphone and it is used by Skype to let the person I am
talking to hear ME and then his voice is heard from my speakers .

Are you sure that VLC or Audacity is usable ?
I have them both but I don't know how to catch BOTH my own voice AND the one I am talking with.

I also have Audio-recorder which is a very nice and easy-to-use recording programme.

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by deepakdeshp » Sat May 18, 2019 3:57 pm

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Lord Boltar » Sat May 18, 2019 6:37 pm

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Sun May 19, 2019 12:01 pm

What about this then :

Important information regarding Skype version 5+

I have received numerous messages from people concerning the new version of Skype for Linux. This new version seems to be a complete overhaul and from what I hear from users, it does not work with Skype Call Recorder anymore. The most likely reason for this is that Skype completely ditched the old API that SCR was using (which I can honestly not blame them for: the API wasn’t exactly great). Chances are that they don’t even offer a similar API anymore in the new version of Skype, or if they do, it would most likely require a major rewrite of SCR to make it work again. The later is currently out of question for me, because… real life and stuff.

I understand that this is hugely disappointing for many (including me), especially given that Skype decided to deprecate the old version starting July 2017. It will probably not even be able to connect to the Skype network anymore. Unfortunately there’s not much I can do about this at the moment. If anyone feels like checking whether or not there is a new API, whether or not any of the existing SCR code would still be usable, then be my guest and share your insights in a comment or even better over at Github.

I’m sorry for this inconvenience and wish to thank everyone for using this software and also for all the great feedback I received over these years!

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Lord Boltar » Thu May 23, 2019 11:06 am

You could try Audio-Recorder that may work - have not tried it with Skype since I do not use it

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:audio-recorder/ppa

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sudo apt-get update

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sudo apt-get install audio-recorder
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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Flemur » Thu May 23, 2019 11:13 am

I think the trick is to setup pavucontrol as shown below ("Monitor of...")
https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tut ... linux.html
Then you should be able to use just about any recorder, though audacity is nice since it shows the waveform and has input selection.
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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by ajgreeny » Thu May 23, 2019 4:09 pm

I am fairly sure that audio-recorder from the ppa mentioned by Lord Boltar will work; just set the source to record as Built-in Audio Analogue Stereo (Audio output) or whatever audio output you normally use, and it should record any audio passing through the sound card, both yours and the person you're speaking with.

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Fri May 24, 2019 3:22 am

OK, I will try that .

Hope it works.............


THANKS !

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by SweetBearCub » Fri May 24, 2019 12:49 pm

Please keep us updated on what works, and any steps you took, so we can also benefit.

Thanks!

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Sat May 25, 2019 3:52 am

Something has changed . I can't get Skype to work after install.

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by administrollaattori » Sat May 25, 2019 1:07 pm

Vilsen wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 3:52 am
Something has changed . I can't get Skype to work after install.

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apt install skypeforlinux

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Lord Boltar » Sat May 25, 2019 4:59 pm

I see in the photo "snapd.failure.service is disabled or a static unit" this usually happens when apt-get is looking for updates at the same time you run snapd - generally wait for apt-get to finish then run your snapd or try to install anything else for that matter- so I don't believe it is a Skype issue.
What happens is apt-get locks the file /var/lib/dpkg/lock so you won't be able to install while it is locked it will hang but if you are patient and wait for apt-get to finish the process will usually continue if you leave it alone and not close it. If you close it you may have to reinstall snapd.
to do that run the following

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sudo apt purge snapd

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sudo dpkg --configure -a

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sudo apt update

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sudo apt upgrade

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sudo apt install snapd
then install skype

hope this helps
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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Sun May 26, 2019 5:57 am

Yes, this was strange because now I had 2 versions of SKYPE installed all of a sudden.

How it went we can skip that long and ask ourselves: How do the sound paths in my linux-mint computer go? I connected my microphone that goes via a preamp so it is connected to the line-IN connector on the computer and then adjusted the levels.

After booting SKYPE, it was possible to record with Audio-Recorder and get a rash on the VU-meter both when I spoke o sound came from Skype. Unfortunately, there was no one I called up on the spot so no man answered so I had to settle for the test call.

Then the program was closed, but after restarting nothing worked again.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

What is the difference between :

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In the first case , WHEN it worked I used this setting:
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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Sun May 26, 2019 8:57 am

I have to say I 'm puzzled :

I have managed to install both Snap-Skype and Skype-for-linux.
How this happened, I don't know but I am sober. Anyhow: It shouldn't matter?

More tests are coming soon..........I will report !

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[SOLVED] [maybe)Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:13 am

On the question of whether it worked, I can say today:

It did ! although the previous pictures with: " Built in Analogue Stereo "
was changed to: "Systems Standard-unit" ( sorry if translation doesn't work well...)

But I still want to emphasize that it was not about
pure luck or rather "trial and error"
without a lack of all relevant knowledge within knowledge-
area which I must blame myself for.

How sound is treated and from what aspects it
passing various stations in the computer is a mystery;
Firstly, ALSA and PulsAudio are a lot more
Ockle for that part but by putting
a setting in Audio Settings
FIRST right (which is now WHAT?)
and then choose STANDARD in Skype and
Audio Recorder as SOURCE so I got it
to work.

Don't ask me HOW because I don't know.

Probably the interest is quite low despite that
many used Skype Recorder during the short
time that the program was well and went to
run before Microsoft now owning skype
made significant changes in the structure so
that program no longer worked.

I can understand that the creator of Skype Recorder has no
power do the changes that were required
because it would continue to work for
Microsoft is doing everything to make the hook
us who want to keep us free from everything monopolistic
ownership and control. (I am sorry but GOOGLE TRANSLATE SUCKS ! )

Incidentally: There were 2 different versions of Skype that I
installed and in some strange way "succeeded"
or rather: I just happened to install them both.

Both are as ugly and miserable in their appearance, quite
according to the most modern nowadays where ALL ADAPTATIONS are done
according to the model: Windows 10 / Apple / MACOS - angular
hollow light-light design with childish, almost ridiculous
looks with follies & fjams instead of the PURE and
FUNCTIONAL STYLES THAT HAVE BEEN RECENT years .

One thing not to forget: The person who programmed
and did Skype Recorder which now no longer works
after Microsoft "had to" pill a bit
and destroying a working concept was :

It recorded your voice (outgoing) in the LEFT CHANNEL and
the one you spoke to (outgoing) in the right channel, something
which is now no longer possible
but now both are mixed in a mono-fashion.

As far as I understand (if I understand anything at all ...)
many are interested in getting the Skype Recorder to Re-appear
but Microsoft refuses to release important information (API ??)
to enable this.

To make the matter even worse, the miserable mobile phones
and the Android / Apple differentiation
made us now flooded with MISCELLANEOUS "internet telephony";

No standard at all ! I'm not going to list them all here
but you who are aware of this know what I am talking about.

You would want it to crystallize out in some form
of order among those who at least possess a tad
kind, taste, imagination and intelligence.

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:57 am

Another unpleasant thing with MICROSOFTS SKYPE:

without asking ME, the program settles in AUTOSTART mode.

Rude!

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by ajgreeny » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:29 pm

Vilsen wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:57 am
Another unpleasant thing with MICROSOFTS SKYPE:

without asking ME, the program settles in AUTOSTART mode.

Rude!
But you can easily stop that happening in the Settings menu.

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:27 am

Yes , I know , but thank's anyway !!

Installations of programs where I as user do not get the
question/s : Do you want the program to..... ?

IS RUDE !

And there should of course be options afterwards to change settings as well
though many beginners don't know how to answer questions in the
installation-phase.

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by Vilsen » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:42 am

It works.
But if I listen to the recording in audacity and then go back to
Skype + Audio_recorder, the recording will not work afterwards.

Something happens ... I don't know what. Then I have to restart my computer. Then it works again.

Another thing: Skype is a f*****g shit program owned by Microsoft:

When you start the program once, it sets something up so that it starts AUTO every time you start the computer with Linux Mint mate 18.3. What ........?

Disabled in "startup program" by me , then it went back there !!!

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Re: Recording Skype impossible

Post by ajgreeny » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:44 pm

You must change the autostart setting of Skype in the skype settings, not in Mint's autostart settings, then it will retain whatever setting you set.

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