How To Feed System Audio Into Skype On A Mac

If you have ever wanted to feed your system audio into a Skype call – for example, you’re recording a podcast and you want to play a clip from a song or a movie or a voicemail from a listener and you want the other person on your call to hear it and you also want it to come through cleanly on your recording – then this might help (assuming you’re on a Mac).

I’ve wanted to do this for ages and just figured it out. As it turns out, it wasn’t difficult at all and I should have taken the time to work it out ages ago. So I’m writing this for anyone else who might go searching for a solution.

Here are the apps you’ll need to install:

1. Audio Hijack
2. Soundflower

Steps.

1. Set up a new Audio Hijack session we below. So what you’ll end up with is two audio inputs – your mic and your system audio (or you could make the second one an app, like iTunes or Chrome, etc) feeding into your headphones and then through to Soundflower.

2. Once you’ve done that, open up your Skype settings and set “input” to Soundflower.

Once you’ve done that – you’re set.

Turn on Audio Hijack my clicking the round button in the lower left corner.

When you want to feed your secondary audio source into Skype, just click the secondary source node in Audio Hijack and set its status to “on”.

When you have finished with that piece of audio, turn its status back to “off”.

That’s pretty much all there is to it.

Using Audio Hijack and Soundflower to feed System Audio into Skype
Using Audio Hijack and Soundflower to feed System Audio into Skype