Far­rago

Give your pod­casts a pro­fes­sional touch

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Kenny Hem­phill

$49 From Rogue Amoeba, rogueamoeba.com Needs OS X 10.10 or later

Whether you pro­duce pod­casts, live theatre or present ra­dio shows, Far­rago will play audio clips at the tap of a key.

Clips are dis­played as tiles in Far­rago’s main win­dow. They can be or­ga­nized in sets and each set can have up to 80 clips. Each clip can be named and have a color and key­board short­cut as­signed to it. Forty keys are as­signed as key­board short­cuts and each can be mod­i­fied us­ing the Op­tion key, mean­ing that all 80 clips in a set can have their own key­board trig­ger. In ad­di­tion, you can set a key­board short­cut to pull Far­rago to the front — to avoid con­flicts, play­back short­cuts only work when Far­rago is the front­most app. Clips can be played si­mul­ta­ne­ously by press­ing mul­ti­ple keys or by se­lect­ing them and press­ing Re­turn.

You can add notes to clips, and con­fig­ure them to fade in or out, loop or make all other clips stop when they’re trig­gered.

If you record pod­casts with other peo­ple in re­mote lo­ca­tions, you can use Rogue Amoeba’s Loop­back to route Far­rago audio through Skype so ev­ery­one can hear it. For record­ing pod­casts, Far­rago can be routed through the same com­pany’s Audio Hi­jack.

Far­rago couldn’t be eas­ier to use. You get started with the 25 sam­ple clips. Their short­cuts, along with their name and a wave­form rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the audio, are dis­played on the face of their tile. Press the rel­e­vant key and the clip plays. Press again and it stops. Or press the space­bar to pause.

To add new clips, click on the set you want to add the sound clip to, nav­i­gate to the clip in the Fin­der, drag it onto Far­rago’s main win­dow and drop it onto the grid slot with the key­board short­cut you want to use. To change its key­board short­cut, just drag it to a dif­fer­ent part of the win­dow. Clips can be or­ga­nized by drag­ging them around the win­dow within a set and color cod­ing them as re­quired. And they’re stored in Far­rago it­self, mean­ing if there’s a prob­lem ac­cess­ing the orig­i­nal it won’t af­fect play­back.

Adding notes, and ad­just­ing clip set­tings is done in the In­spec­tor. If you want to see a clip’s notes in the main win­dow, choose the list view which, in­stead of tiling clips, lists them ver­ti­cally with notes to their right.

the bot­tom line. Far­rago is a great way to in­cor­po­rate jin­gles into your pod­cast or per­for­mance.

Each audio clip is rep­re­sented by a tile that’s trig­gered by a key­board short­cut.

Each set can have up to 80 clips, which you can ar­range by drag­ging them onto slots and color cod­ing them.

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