Mac - How to share Ableton audio over Skype?

2011 iMac running Mavericks and Skype 7.36 (507)

I want to be able to talk with someone and share my Ableton audio at the same time. I know this is a common request as I see it all over the net, and the answers always seem to be either:

  1. Use a commercial application like Audio Hijack or similar
  2. Use SoundFlower or Jack
  3. Use an Aggregate device
  4. Some combination of 1-3

Even excluding my mic for now, just to pipe the Ableton audio into Skype, what I believe should work but does not, is:

  1. Live's audio device is set to SoundFlower (2 ch.)
  2. Skype's "microphone" preference is set to SoundFlower (2 ch.)
  3. SoundFlowerBed (no longer supported but I'm running Mavericks so it works fine) is set to output to the built-in output (to keep things simple, though my final application will output to my audio interface)

But I believe I have tried every conceivable combination of things that do not require paying for a commercial utility (which I'm not convinced would magically be the solution on its own anyway), and I am still absolutely nowhere.

I believe this should send audio out of Ableton and into Skype. But I get absolutely nothing through Skype. I'm testing by calling myself on a second Skype account on another computer. No audio is passed at all from Ableton.

Does anyone know if there is something wrong with what I'm doing above? Is there another definitive will-always-work way to do this?

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vanKloot 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • vanKloot
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    I figured out an acceptable solution.  Using SoundSiphon (a paid app but using it this way is free with the demo version indefinitely), I can set it as the audio device for Ableton and the source for Skype.  Then create an audio track in Ableton and set my USB mic as the input.  Now all audio goes from Ableton, through Skype, and I can play the sequencer as well as talk over it without issue.

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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