Au­dio Hi­jack 3

A clas­sic act makes a come­back

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Or­ange me­ters pro­vide re­as­sur­ing con­fir­ma­tion that the au­dio is ac­tu­ally be­ing recorded

$49 stand­alone, $25 up­grade (ap­prox £33.50/£17) De­vel­oper Rogue Amoeba Soft­ware, rogueamoeba.com

Re­quires OS X 10.9 or higher

Thanks to the soft­ware gu­rus at Rogue Amoeba, fears that your Mac might not ac­tu­ally be record­ing that im­por­tant in­ter­view or mu­si­cal ses­sion are now a thing of the past.

Once a clunky app, Au­dio Hi­jack has been com­pletely re­built in ver­sion 3 to make it stupidly easy to record ev­ery sound your Mac makes, or only those from spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions and de­vices. This core func­tion­al­ity ex­isted in pre­vi­ous ver­sions, but of­ten with some de­gree of mys­tery as to what the fi­nal record­ing would sound like af­ter fid­dling with var­i­ous menus and set­tings.

That’s no longer the case: gone are those ar­chaic con­trols, re­placed by tem­plates used to set up record­ing ses­sions for com­mon sce­nar­ios, such as voice chats, pod­cast­ing, dig­i­tiz­ing old vinyl LPs piled up in the wardrobe, or sim­ply ramp­ing up the vol­ume on Macs with tiny speak­ers (there’s also the op­tion to start com­pletely from scratch).

Most of the 10 in­cluded tem­plates work with­out mod­i­fi­ca­tion, but can be fur­ther cus­tomised us­ing icons from a side­bar on the right-hand side of the ses­sion win­dow. Once placed on the au­dio grid, th­ese ‘blocks’ con­trol the flow of au­dio through the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The li­brary is made up of Sources (what do you want to record?), Out­puts (where should the sound end up?), Me­ters (for in-line vis­ual feed­back), and Built-In or Au­dio Unit Ef­fects that of­fer au­ral en­hance­ments such as EQ, denoise, or the very cool op­tion to ‘duck’ one au­dio sig­nal un­der an­other. Each block can save pre­sets with favourite set­tings, and ses­sions can be end­lessly cus­tomised and reused at a later date.

Once con­fig­ured, a click on the record but­ton starts or stops the process, with or­ange me­ters pro­vid­ing re­as­sur­ing con­fir­ma­tion that the au­dio is ac­tu­ally be­ing recorded as it moves through the ac­tive links be­tween blocks – the dig­i­tal equiv­a­lent of check­ing the tape is mov­ing.

About the only thing miss­ing is a one-click short­cut to edit au­dio files in other ap­pli­ca­tions such as the de­vel­oper’s own Fis­sion; in­stead, you have to click a mag­ni­fy­ing glass icon un­der Record­ings to re­veal the file in the Finder, then open it man­u­ally. For­tu­nately, this is a mi­nor in­con­ve­nience in an oth­er­wise out­stand­ing au­dio record­ing pow­er­house.

Easy enough for novices yet pow­er­ful enough for pros, Au­dio Hi­jack 3 takes the anx­i­ety out of record­ing sound from your Mac, mak­ing it drag-and-drop sim­ple in the process. J.R. Book­wal­ter

A newly re­built app that of­fers a sim­ple take on the au­dio record­ing process – what­ever the source may be.

Each block placed on the au­dio grid has its own op­tions, saved as pre­sets.

Au­dio Hi­jack 3 pro­vides im­por­tant vis­ual feed­back that record­ing is ac­tu­ally oc­cur­ring.

Over­hauled UI

Im­me­di­ate feed­back

No au­dio edi­tor in­te­gra­tion

No auto-stop if record­ing si­lence

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