Take Control of Audio Hijack

PDF Take Control of Audio Hijack March 31, 2022

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  1. Kirk McElhearn
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In this 143-page book, you’ll learn how to use version 4 of Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack to capture and enhance any audio coming out of your Mac, whether it’s your own voice via a microphone, a streaming radio show in Safari, or audio from a DVD. Audio expert Kirk McElhearn covers a variety of scenarios—including recording Zoom calls, digitizing LPs, and making podcasts—and provides a bonus chapter about editing your recordings in Rogue Amoeba’s Fission audio editor.


I’ve been using Audio Hijack for so long, I can’t remember when I first bought it from Rogue Amoeba. The app has been around since 2002—for many years under the moniker Audio Hijack Pro—and has evolved as macOS’s capability to play and stream audio has changed. I bought the app to record streaming audio, such as concerts or radio shows, captured from the once-essential RealPlayer. This was before podcasts became common and before radio stations offered web streams.

I also remember using it to digitize cassette tapes of Grateful Dead concerts, connecting my tape deck to my Mac with a Griffin iMic, a nifty device that served as an interface between a 1/8-inch audio jack and a USB port. I’ve used it since then to capture audio from DVDs, record interviews on Skype, and record concerts streamed on the Internet. As a prolific podcaster, Audio Hijack is my tool of choice for recording both my and my guests’ audio.

Designed for occasional recorders as well as professional podcasters, Audio Hijack lets you record any audio, from any app, or from any microphone or audio input device connected to your Mac. It’s easy to use, and as you’ll see in this book, you can record any audio on your Mac with a few clicks. Audio Hijack also has plenty of advanced features, such as recording audio in a variety of formats and bit rates, and recording multiple streams and saving them to one or more files. And broadcasters and live streamers can use Audio Hijack’s powerful features to create compelling live audio with multiple sources and effects.

You can also use Audio Hijack to enhance audio that plays through your Mac, increasing volume, equalizing the sound, enhancing mono audio, adjusting balance, and much more. (Don’t worry if you don’t understand those terms; you can get a lot of mileage out of Audio Hijack without learning anything complicated, and I explain these features in the book.) And, you can listen to audio while it’s recording, pausing and rewinding, or time shifting, as you record.

In this book, I take you through all parts of Audio Hijack 4. You’ll find that Audio Hijack strikes that rare balance of software that is at once powerful, flexible, and easy to use.​
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