| From Otto W. Pebworth
| Sun, 29 Apr 2007 23:36:20 -0400
| Subject: [Audacity-help] Recording online?
| Having "returned to the Mac fold" from the darkness of Windoze, I
| have downloaded Audacity onto my brand-new MacBookPro. Difficulty
| I'm having at the moment is recording from online sources (in this
| case, the BBC for programs to listen to later. Just simply listening
| on the browser and associated players seems to do just fine, but I
| can't seem to get it into the program...
Actually, this is one weakness of Macs - unlike Windows and Linux machines,
Apple computers do not normally have a software option such as "stereo mix"
for routing the computer output to the input, because their sound chips don't
actually support this. If your machine has a line-in, you may be able to record
audio from the computer into Audacity by running a cable from line-out to line-in
on the computer, and setting the default input in Apple's Audio-MIDI Setup to
line-in. You will have to double the line-in with a single to double stereo connector
to hear the sound while recording, and user experience with this on Macs is
Alternatively we'd recommend using either Audio Hijack
to capture the sound (including internet streams) direct from the application
that is producing it, and record it to AIFF. This has the advantage that system
sounds and unwanted sounds from other programs are not captured in the
recording. If you want to edit the resulting AIFF files in Audacity, import them
with the Project > Import Audio command. If you use Wiretap, turn off the
"compression" option in its Preferences as this prevents Audacity opening the
AIFF files properly.
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