Skype For Business Mac Test Audio

September 25, 2020Jenny Ryan

Many people have their computer sounds as well as voice played by default with Skype and they hate it to death, but it can be very useful for other people. While effective during Skype voice communication, your computer's microphone makes an ineffective broadcasting source when it's held up against another speaker. To share the playback of sound during a Skype call, it's more effective to reconfigure your system's sound input settings so your Skype friends end up hearing what you hear over your computer speakers.

In the Skype for Business main window, click the arrow next to the Options button, and select Tools Audio Device Settings. Under Audio device, choose the device you want. You can test your Skype video quality in your 'Audio & Video' settings.

To play audio through Skype can be surprisingly simple as long as you follow the right tutorials. In the following article, we will show you how to play computer audio through Skype.

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By default sound devices don't bridge system audio into the mic feed. This can be accomplished with either software or hardware. If you want to do it via software you will have to use the stereo mix option or it's equivalent if your sound device supports it. If not you will need to find 3rd party virtual audio software that will allow you to do the same thing.

  • Part 1: Enable 'Stereo Mix' in Windows and record audio through Skype
  • Part 2: Share audio through Skype call with VoiceMeeter
  • Part 3: FAQs of playing audio through Skype

Part 1: Enable 'Stereo Mix' in Windows and record audio through Skype

Go down to the audio icon in your system tray, right-click it, and go to 'Recording Devices' to open up the proper settings pane.
In the pane, right-click on a blank area, and make sure both 'View Disabled Devices' and 'View Disconnected Devices' options are checked. You should see a 'Stereo Mix' option appear.
Right-click on 'Stereo Mix' and click 'Enable' to be able to use it.

Once you've done that, go to the Skype audio settings (Tools/Options), and set the Microphone to be Stereo Mix.

Then, call up the other Skype party and start the audio playing on the local PC. The other end of the Skype call will hear the music down the line.

Part 2. Share audio through Skype call with VoiceMeeter

Other than the hardware solution, you can also turn to a helpful application called VoiceMeeter. Donationware audio app VoiceMeeter is the tool you will need to play computer through Skype, the app is a virtual audio mixer with three inputs (two hardware, one software) and three outputs and mixes these through two buses.

To start sharing audio through a Skype call, you'll need to configure VoiceMeeter correctly. After installation, load the app and connect any headphones and microphones. Launch Skype too, and make sure you have a media player ready for testing an audio track to share. Then select your monitoring device, add your microphone, and make voice meter your default playback device.

To proceed Skype meeting VoiceMeeter, you'll need an extra app installed to help VoiceMeeter put the audio where you want it to go. Head to www.vb-cable.com and download the VB-AUDIO Virtual Cable, another donationware tool. VoiceMeeter's basic configuration is now in place, so it's time to bring Skype into the mix.

Part 3: FAQs of playing audio through Skype

1. Why does Skype take over my sound?

That is because Windows detects incoming Skype calls as communications activity. If you want to remain the actual volume of your sound, you can adjust the settings from the communications tab of Windows sound properties.

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2. How do I change my audio settings on Skype?

Adobe flash for mac chrome. Find and click the gear icon from the Skype window. Go to Tools > Audio Device Settings or Video Device Settings. From the Audio Device settings, you can select the microphone or speaker you want to use.

3. Can I record Skype video calls on my computer?

Yes. With Aiseesoft Screen Recorder, you can record Skype video calls with ease. Open Screen Recorder and select Video Recorder feature. Enable both System Sound and Microphone options. Then click REC button to start recording your Skype video calls.

With all of that done, you're now ready to begin making Skype calls to single or multiple contacts. While you talk, you'll be able to play audio clips on your computer that will be sent through VoiceMeeter and mixed into your microphone audio, and then into the virtual input you set up in Skype.

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Overview

Use Microsoft Skype for Business to access Indiana University's UniCom service.

For devices supported by UITS, you can change which device Lync uses for audio from within Lync for Mac. If this doesn't work for your device, you may need to try troubleshooting your macOS System Preferences.

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Change or configure audio devices in Lync for Mac

If your preferred device was not automatically set as the default audio device when you connected it, you can change it by clicking the microphone icon in the lower left of the main Lync for Mac window, and selecting your device from the pull-down menu.

To change the audio device while in a call, click the microphone icon in the lower part of the conversation window, and select your device from the pull-down menu.

You can also configure your audio device settings in Lync Preferences. In the Lync Preferences window, click the Audio tab.

Information in this section was adapted from The Lync Team Blog's post on hotfix 14.0.3.

Camera troubleshooting

If you are having problems with your built-in or attached USB camera for video chat, quit all applications that use video, and then launch Lync for Mac only.

The built-in camera or other attached camera may be controlled by the first video application launched. For example, if video applications like FaceTime or Skype are launched before Lync, those applications can be in control of the camera and prevent its use in Lync.

Audio troubleshooting in System Preferences

If you are having audio problems, and you can't resolve them within the Lync for Mac client, you can specify the input and output devices in your system sound settings:

  1. Open System Preferences and select Sound.
  2. Select the appropriate settings for 'Output' and 'Input'.

Each output and input device can have its own level settings. For example, a USB headset will have an independent volume setting from the internal speakers, or from headphones or external speakers plugged into the 1/8' audio out port. The built-in microphone on a Mac will also have a different input volume from a USB headset microphone. Setting the input between half and full seems to be appropriate.

Configure preferences and start over

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If other troubleshooting does not solve the problem, it may be necessary to clear all preferences for Lync for Mac and then set it up as if it were a new installation. It is usually unnecessary to reinstall the application. To clear out all preferences and other files associated with Lync:

  1. Quit Lync for Mac.
  2. In your Home folder, open the Library folder. Note that macOS hides your Library folder. To access it:
    1. Press Command-Shift-g, or from the Go menu, select Go to Folder...
    2. In the Go to Folder drop-down window, enter ~/Library, and click Go.
  3. Remove the following files from your Library folder:
    • /Users/username/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Lync.plist
    • /Users/username/Library/Preferences/ByHost/MicrosoftLyncRegistrationDB.xxxx.plist
    • /Users/username/Library/Logs/Microsoft-Lync-x.log (This file is present only if you turned on Lync Logging.)
    • /Users/username/Library/Logs/Microsoft-Lync.log
  4. In your Documents folder, remove the following:
    • /Users/username/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Microsoft Lync Data
  5. Optionally, also remove Microsoft Lync History. This will delete saved conversations. For Mac users, the conversation history is not saved to the Exchange account, but instead is saved locally to the Mac. To delete the history, remove:
    • /Users/username/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Microsoft Lync History
  6. Open Keychain Access from the /Applications/Utilities folder:
    1. Delete any keychains on the left that look like the following, where emailaddress is your email address:
    2. In your Login keychain, delete the following, where emailaddress is your email address:
  7. In the /Users/username/Library/Keychains folder, delete all files that look like the following, where emailaddress is your email address: