Audio Hijack Pro is a program for Macintosh computers running OS-X 10.5 or above. The software lets you record virtually any audio that can play through the Macintosh sound card. This means you can record audio directly from a web browser such as Firefox or Safari, music being played through iTunes or even voice conversations through Skype.
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Things you need
- Audio Hijack Pro software (Macintosh-only)
Install the Audio Hijack Pro program by downloading the program file from the Rogue Amoeba website (see Resources). Unzip the downloaded file and double-click on the new Audio Hijack Pro folder. With the download folder open, drag the new Audio Hijack Pro icon from the download folder to your Applications folder, or to another folder where you would like to store the program.
Open Audio Hijack Pro by double-clicking on its icon in the Applications folder (or in the desktop Dock if you've installed an icon there). It is important to have Audio Hijack Pro open before you open the program or source you'll be recording from. With the main Audio Hijack Pro window open, create a new session by clicking the plus (+) symbol at the bottom of the navigation menu on the left side of the window. A new session window will appear with "Select a Source" in the header.
Choose the “Input” tab in the top navigation bar, then choose a “Source Type” from the drop-down menu. If you want to record from a browser such as Firefox, choose “Application.” You can also choose to record from an Audio Device, AM/FM Radio or System Audio. For each Source Type, choose a source using the “Select” drop-down box to the right side of the "Select a Source" window. You can also drag and drop an application into the ""Select a Source" window.
Click the “Schedule” tab in the top navigation bar. By clicking the plus (+) symbol at the bottom right-hand corner of the window, you can instruct Audio Hijack Pro to wake the computer, navigate to a specific website and begin recording at a time and date up to one week in the future. If you’re going to record immediately, you can leave the schedule check box unchecked.
Use the “Recording” tab in the top navigation bar to set the format (AAC, MP3 or AIFF) of the recording, name the resulting file and where it will be stored on your computer and if you want to set any limits on the size of the recorded file. Using the “When recording finishes” drop-down box, you can have Audio Hijack Pro automatically send the recording file to an iPod or an iTunes library you’ve selected.
Press “Hijack” in the top left-hand corner of the program window. If audio is coming through your chosen source, you will see the recording level bars to the left of the record button indicating audio levels. The “Hijack” button places Audio Hijack Pro in the ready state, but nothing will be recorded until you press the “Record” button. When your recording is finished, press the “Record” button a second time. The resulting file will be stored in the folder you indicated under the “Recording” tab.
Tips and warnings
- Don’t use the “Record” button to pause a recording. The current recording will stop, and when you push “Record” again, a new recording will begin. Use the “Pause” button if you want to momentarily pause a recording.
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