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Setting up to do call in interviews from other locations is not a simple prospect.  Telos and JK Audio both make telephone interface boxes that turn the call into an audio signal that audio software like Audacity or Adobe Audition or Garageband can see.  Those boxes can cost hundreds.  Radio Shack has a cheapie $20 box that does the same thing.  But for that, you also need a mixer that lets you put the telephone on one channel and a separate microphone on another.  Without it and the mic, you’re interviewing through the telephone and can’t control levels.  Also, I now understand the importance of a telephone with a hold button.  Hold buttons keep the call connected but without the phone being off the hook.  Once you press hold, the mixer and the software and the box pick up the call and it’s nice and clean and balanced.  So, the gear is no joke.  That is, if you’re serious about being and sounding professional.

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Written by Interviewer

November 29, 2012 at 01:33

Posted in Scratchpad

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