View Full Version : New to my MBP, can I record system audio?

Mar 26, 2008, 10:30 AM
I've searched around this forum and elsewhere, but couldn't quite find the type of answer I'm looking for.

For various reasons throughout the years, I've always needed the capability to record directly the audio produced by the sound card internally (no cable going from headphone out to mic in).

On my PC, I have a Creative SB Live sound card, which includes a "What you hear" recording input (which is the system audio).

Today, for the first time, I attempted this on my new MacBook Pro, and I see no such option. Is this simply limited by the Intel sound card on my Mac, or disabled by the Mac OS, or is there something I can download to provide this capability?

I notice people recommending third party software to achieve this, or recommending running a cable between ports, but I'd like the cleanest recording possible, and I already use Adobe Soundbooth and Final Cut's Soundtrack Pro, so I'd like to stick with that software.

I just wonder if I can do something to make my sound card do this for me.

Because at the moment, I've been forced to go back to my old PC to accomplish this task.

Any help for this Mac noob would be greatly appreciated.

Mar 29, 2008, 05:57 AM
sorry to reply late to your thread, i read it a while ago but only just had chance to post.

i'm wanting to do the exact same thing. i used to use audacity on my old PC, which allowed system audio to be recorded. i've just tried downloading the latest stable version and it won't let me do it. not sure if an older version would.

i'd much prefer if garageband or logic did this, because then i wouldn't have to use another program for it, but i wouldn't mind using 3rd party software if it did the job.

let me know if you puzzle this one out.

Mar 29, 2008, 05:01 PM
If I understand correctly what you guys are looking for, this should help:

It's a program called "Audio Hijack".

- Martin

Mar 29, 2008, 07:29 PM
ye that's what i'm after, altho the quality isn't great but good enuff.

similarly, does anyone know of a video version of this kind of software?

Mar 30, 2008, 09:27 AM
You mean, capture the screen contents into a movie file?


Mar 30, 2008, 06:29 PM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

I like WireTap to record system audio, and Snapz Pro X for screen capture.

Feb 21, 2009, 01:51 AM
Set both input and output to Sunflower,
in the sound preferences...
Then use a sound recorder like "Audacity".

The only problem have I encountered is,
there's no monitor while recording.


Jul 9, 2009, 04:32 PM
I think you may have meant "Soundflower"...?

Anyway, this is a free program you can install on your Mac to enable system audio recording from whatever program you already have. I am using Adobe Soundbooth and a free screen capture program, Copernicus.

Here's a download link for Soundflower ->

And a quick tut for using it (tut is for an unrelated software called Jing)