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Hi all,
I'm new to this forum (and podcasting!) so I hope this is the correct place to post this message.

I'm preparing a podcast that will be largely phone interviews. I'd like to record directly from my home phone line into my Mac (preferably not through Skype). Does anyone have suggestions for a piece of equipment that will hook into my phone line and then USB into my computer? I'm looking for something that is inexpensive and has good sound quality, obviously.

I have an analog phone line and I'm running Mac OS 10.5.

Thank you in advance for your help! I'm sure I'll be back with many more questions as I get deeper into the nuts and bolts of podcasting.


the options for recording your own calls without Skype are more complicated than a post can respond too. If you don't want to spend a lot of money and have a second line which you can make a conference call with then you might be able to make that work.

I personally use [URL=""]Accuconference[/URL]. It's a conference call service where you and the other parties call into a conference call number - either an 800 or an Atlanta number. You get charged by the minute for everyone calling in, but the prices are really pretty low. It costs about $5 for two people on a 30 minute call. You hit some buttons on your phone and Accuconference records the call and produces an mp3 file which you can download and then edit if you want. There are many other services like theirs, but they seem to work well for me.

I find that this has been the best way for me and it doesn't cost much. Highly recommended for non-techy people.

If you want to record your own calls you need to get the right technical setup. I recommend you watch a video by Doug Kaye of [URL=""][/URL] that he gave at a Podcast Academy session. I think it is the best presentation I have seen about how to do this.

Here's the link to the [URL=""]video[/URL] and the [URL=""]powerpoint[/URL].

Here's a link to more great [URL=""]Podcast Academy presentations[/URL].

In reply to guest

Thanks Alex. I've reconsidered and decided to go with Skype. I appreciate your help!

In reply to admin

Cool beans just what I needed to know just getting started and will be doing interviews since it splits the tracks do you still recommend a mixer as a necessity- eventually I plan to have one but for now am wondering if just recording software and this type of software would suffice--- also, what mic is best for Skype/interviews USB only ok?

In reply to guest

As a Newbie, I am always searching online for stuff that can help me. Thank you for your help.

In reply to guest

thanks for the info, very useful!

In reply to guest

I found a beautiful tool - TalkAide for Skype . It's also rly powerful and easy-to-use!

In reply to guest

anybody used TalkAide for Skype ([url][/url] ) ? I heard many peole prefer this app...

In reply to guest

Thanks so much for this! This is exactly what I was looking for

In reply to guest

"I'm preparing a podcast that will be largely phone interviews. I'd like to record directly from my home phone line into my Mac (preferably not through Skype)..." - I only want to ask you why don't you like skype? It is so flexible and has many functions.

In reply to tpl12blk

Yes this is a nice idea ..Interview on call is a good & unique way & now we can also record our call for further use.

In reply to margarita85

I also believe that taking interview on phones & record this is a good idea but I personally agree with leah that Skype is best option if you want to recording anything.

In reply to margarita85