Inventive and powerful though the app was, however, its interface could be challenging to the uninitiated. With the release of Audio Hijack 3, the company has taken a large stride forward in making the app both capable and easy to use.
This should no longer be a problem as Audio Hijack 3 includes a template chooser. The Template Chooser lets you jump into an appropriate project quickly.
That too is far easier than it once was. Along the right side of the main window are Sources, Outputs, and Built-in Effects libraries. There are also headings for Audio Unit Effects and Meters, which are collapsed by default.
To the left, the work area. To configure a session you simply drag in the elements from the libraries to make up your workflow. Those that should be connected—an input to an output, for example—do so automatically.
To complete the workflow you drag in a Recorder block from the Outputs area. Now click the Record button at the bottom of the window to start your recording. The Record button turns red, an active meter appears to the right, and the path between blocks lights up and animates the signal moving from left to right.
Recording audio from an app is just as easy. Drag in an Application block, choose the app you want to record from, and add a Recorder block.
A simple recording workflow. To stop your recording, click the Record button again. To hear the results of your work, click the Recordings button at the bottom-right of the window, select your recording, and click its Play button. You can also tag recordings within this area. You can tag your recordings as you listen to them play. You can do that by inserting a Declick effect between the Source and Output block. Just insert a Channels effect after the Input Device block and choose its Mono option.
Or you could record each channel or multiple recording devices to a single track, mixed together. Audio Hijack 3 is flexible about sources and destinations. You could incorporate Skype into previous versions of Audio Hijack, but doing so was confusing. Just drag in an Application block, configure it to record from Skype, drag in one or more Input Device blocks to record local audio sources, and have then all connect to a single Recorder block and drag in an Output Device block to monitor the whole thing through your headphones.
Each block can be turned on or off, which is helpful when you want to compare a sound with or without an inserted effect or you want to monitor the audio playing in an app but would like the freedom to easily switch off monitoring.
Click blocks to expose their options. Turning off the Recorder block acts as a kind of record-enable switch. You can also name and tag your recording in this expanded view. Many of them allow you to save your settings as presets, which you can then call up in other sessions. Not all block options are tucked away, however.
The Recorder block displays two buttons that you can access without exposing the blocks options—Pause and Split. You might use the former to pause a long dictation session when your phone rings and the latter to separate tracks when digitizing an old LP. Staying on schedule Also like the previous version of Audio Hijack, version 3 has a scheduling component.
Just click the Schedule button at the bottom-right of the window and a Schedule window appear where you can request that Audio Hijack initiate a session at a particular date and time. You might use this feature to record an Internet radio broadcast at the same time each week. Rogue Amoeba has admirably done so with this release of Audio Hijack 3.
And you should. When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details. The latest version's easy-does-it interface and greater flexibility will appeal to a wide variety of audio users podcasters included.
Pros Template chooser makes it easy to start tasks Intuitive interface Can save block options as presets Flexible recording options No ability to stop recordings based on silence Related:
Best of all, Audio Hijack is able to hijack RealAudio streams to disk, which no other application is able to do. After stewing in their own juices for several months, the programmers at Rogue Amoeba have come up with Audio Hijack Pro, a substantial improvement to Audio Hijack. AH Pro addresses some of the shortcomings found in the original, and adds several neat features. Some of the new features are: Hijacks audio from any application Hijacks running applications MP3 and AIFF audio recording from any application Ability to pause recordings — avoid commercials! One drawback of the original Audio Hijack is that recordings can be done only in AIFF format, which requires plenty of disk space. AH Pro is able to record directly to MP3, which saves conversion time and effort.