This post outlines how you can easily record Skype calls using an iPhone 7+ and a Zoom H5.
This setup is extremely useful for mobile podcasting.
The components I use include:
- iPhone 7+ (with Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter)
- Zoom H5 (with XYH-5 microphone capsule)
- Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset with Dynamic Boom Mic
- 3.5mm male to 6.35mm female stereo adapter
- Hosa CMP-153 3.5mm TRS to Dual 1/4″ TS Stereo Breakout Cable (other cables may work, but this is the cable I have and it works)
- Your Skype guest's voice will be recorded into the Zoom H5 (via Input #2)
- Your voice will be recorded into the Zoom H5 (via Input #1)
- You will hear your guest's voice via the Zoom H5 headphone jack
- Your Skype guest will hear your voice via the Zoom H5 XYH-5 microphone capsule
Zoom H5 Configuration:
You will need to configure the Zoom H5 so that your voice and your Skype guest's voice are recorded on two separate tracks.
Refer to pages 19 and 20 of the Zoom H5 manual.
- On the Zoom H5, press Menu
- Select REC MODE
- Select MULTI FILE (as the recording mode)
Connect the lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter to the Hosa CMP-153 3.5mm TRS to Dual 1/4″ TS Stereo Breakout Cable.
Connect the Hosa CMP-153 3.5mm TRS to Dual 1/4″ TS Stereo Breakout Cable, to Input #2 of the Zoom H5.
Connect your microphone to Input #1 of the Zoom H5.
Connect your headphones to the Zoom H5 phone jack.
Connect the lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter to the iPhone 7+.
Turn on the Zoom H5, and select the following inputs, L + R + 1 + 2
(You can see in the following pic that the L, R, 1 and 2 lights are red)
Turn on your smartphone, launch Skype and call a friend.
Ensure the Zoom H5's XYH-5 microphone capsule is facing towards you, so your guest can hear your voice.
If the XYH-5 microphone capsule is facing away from you, your guest will have trouble hearing you.
That's it with the setup!
When you press stop after recording your Skype call, the Zoom H5 will save 3 files,
- Your voice (via Input #1) – ZOOM0002_Tr1.WAV
- Guest's voice (via Input #2) – ZOOM0002_Tr2.WAV
- Your voice #2 (via LR input) – ZOOM0002_TrLR.WAV – I delete this file as I don't need it for post-production.
(Refer to pages 21 of the Zoom H5 manual, for a diagram of the folder structure of the Zoom files).
This simple setup enables you to record Skype conversations using an iPhone 7+ and a Zoom H5.
Perfect for mobile podcasting!