I use Skype. A lot. It’s a great way to speak with colleagues no matter where they might be in the world and the best part is it’s free. If there was one thing I would change about Skype it would be adding easy recording of conversations. As a podcaster it is incredibly difficult to get interviews recorded over Skype and when you do they often are subject to audio quality issues. Enter Gizmo.
Podcast co-host Marc Orchant turned me onto Gizmo this week and so far it’s pretty cool. Gizmo is a program and service similar to Skype and it works very similarly to the VoIP giant with one major difference (for podcasters)- Gizmo handles the technical side of the calls in such a way that it is a simple matter of clicking a record button during a call to record both sides of the conversation. The recording is saved as a standard WAV file and preliminary testing shows pretty decent audio quality. Better than Skype anyway and without jumping through hoops using a separate program like Mixcast Live. Don’t take my word for it- here’s a conversation with Marc Orchant I recorded using Gizmo. Tres cool. Gizmo is available for both Windows and Mac OS X.