Audio Hijack 3: Easily Record Any Audio on a Mac

Rogue Amoeba software has just released an update to its excellent audio recording app: Audio Hijack 3 maintains the app’s position as the best audio recorder for Mac, and its new design makes it easier to use, and more efficient.

I’ve long used Audio Hijack to record streamed content, as well as podcasts, and seeing the new interface is like discovering a brand new car. While it does the same things as before, it’s so much easier to use that complex audio recording is now just a few clicks away.

Audio Hijack 3 uses Session Templates, which allow you to quickly set up a recording for any use.

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Most of what you will record is visible in the Template Chooser, and if you have more complex recording needs, you can choose New Blank Session and roll your own.

In the Template Chooser, you can see the many ways you can use Audio Hijack 3.

  • You can record streams: audio from the web, from your Mac, or voice chats, such as Skype or FaceTime.
  • You can record from physical media, such as DVDs, to capture audio from concert videos, or vinyl records, to digitize them (and filter out hisses and clicks while you’re doing it).
  • You can use it to alter the audio on your Mac as you’re listening to it: the Sweeten template lets you apply EQ and effects, and the Increase Volume template lets you make your Mac louder.
  • You can record any application, any input device.
  • And you can record podcasts, with complex settings and effects.

Here’s the session I use to record The Committed podcast:

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All I need to do is drag a few blocks, connect them, and click the Record button. Audio Hijack saves the files, with my settings, which are then edited with the recordings of my other hosts.

If you have any audio recording needs – from Skype calls to streaming audio to podcasts – Audio Hijack 3 is for you.

5 thoughts on “Audio Hijack 3: Easily Record Any Audio on a Mac

  1. This would be great for recording audio from YouTube for obscure songs the labels don’t offer for sale in any format.

    • Yep. They may not be the best quality recordings, depending on what was uploaded to YouTube, but that’s one of the ways to use Audio Hijack.

  2. I’ve used BareBones’ “WireTap” for years … with Audio Hijack, does it save individual songs as files when recording feeds like Pandora or Margaritaville?

    • No because the biggest problem with Audio Hijack 3 is that they removed the silence monitor which previously allowed you to record an entire album broken up into individual songs. I don’t understand why they got rid of the most important thing on the older app. Without the silence monitor you would have to manually stop recording at the end of each song.

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