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Skype 2.1 for Linux requires PulseAudio

This is a quick update to earlier posts on Skype for interview audio. Skype on Linux remains a compelling alternative for recording interviews, especially given the high quality of the audio produced.

Skype 2.1 for Linux requires PulseAudio as as sound manager. Unfortunately this means that the crucial sound settings are scattered all over the map. Unfortunately the promising “PulseAudio Device Chooser” applet does not permit you to choose the current source of sound that the operating system (and therefore your applications) is paying attention to. For that, you’ll have to adjust the system sound preferences. Under the Input tab, select the appropriate device and adjust the gain.

Further bad news: I haven’t yet found an automatic switch that toggles back and forth to the headset microphone when you plug a headset in.

Further bad news: Skype doesn’t contain any settings to override PulseAudio in the GUI preferences / configuration. You’re stuck with PulseAudio for the time being.

About Ben Mazzotta

Ben Mazzotta is a postdoc at the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME). His study of the Cost of Cash is part of CEME's research into inclusive growth.


One thought on “Skype 2.1 for Linux requires PulseAudio

  1. i always like headset microphones because they are very handy. ”

    Newest write-up coming from our very own blog site

    Posted by Donald Phanthauong | November 4, 2012, 8:47 pm

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