extracting Audio from a streaming source

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MacFlanker, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. MacFlanker macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2006
    There is a radio station that I love to listen to in T.O. There is one program that they have via streaming audio/(//bstreamcorus.streamtheworld.com) you can listen to anytime you want.

    Is there any way I can extract the audio files to put on a disk so I can listen in my car?
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    I've never used it myself but I hear Audio Hijack does this. It basically records whatever your speakers are playing.
  3. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    I've used it and it works great. Here's the link:
  4. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Here is a GIANT list of OS X audio applications. They range from stand alone audio routers to complex editing programs, from freeware to pay ware.

    If you don't want to read the list provided above, then here are some options.

    Wiretap is a routing and recording program similar to Audio Hijack. You can rip and record from streams, DVDs, speakers, jacks, and the microphone. Both are good programs, and the limited version of WireTap is free. They are combined audio routing and recording programs. I use WireTap, it's less expensive, and just as good (if less featured than AudioHijack).

    iNet Stream is not a recorder for your Mic or Line-in, or USB or Firewire sound card, but it will record streams very well! It can strip off the coding so that it is iTunes compatible, that is it can take song and station data so when you import it it is read for iTunes with out you typing anything. When you give a station a name, you can set its Genera and other iTunes tags. It is worth the 15 bucks, but off course this is only used to run quality control on your own streaming audio. Just drag the iTunes stream to its window, fill in some text, and your there. If you have access to a good digital line, you can even record multiple high-bit-rate streams with out any glitches. I recommend only recording one stream at a time, and generally don't listen to it in real time, incase there is some network lag. I love this program! It doesn’t record system noises, which AudioHijack and WireTap do (depending on settings). Try the free trial, the ability to "save" streams as seperate files with all of the artist/name/etc data is pretty cool.

    If you have specific questions about any of the Mac audio apps, post them, and I am sure you will find at least one user who can comment on them.

    I work as an audio-monkey(engineer), using mostly PC and software. I will say that Pro-tools is not for everyone.

    There are other ways to extract out audio from a stream, but these are simple, single applications that can do it.
  5. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Another way to do what you want:

    • 1.) Find and play stream.
      2.) Use a routing program to rout the audio to a recorder.
      3.) Use an audio recorder.

    All can be done for free.

    Free audio routing:
    Cycling 74 Software offers SoundFlower for free. It's a free audio routing program, and it's not as easy as WireTap or AudioHyjack (as they are not just routers). Use in conjunction with SoundFlower Bed to virtually rout audio from one source to another. Or use Jack Tools also offers free routing. There are complaints that it is glitchy, but I haven’t had problems. I use SoundFlower (see above) though.

    Free recording:
    Audacity- Free/open source cross platform audio editor For a free product, it really is good. Add the LAME plug-in for MP3 conversion. It is VST and NYQUEST plug-in compatible. There are at least a few hundred plug-ins that it can use-so have at.

    A good ultra simple recording app is:
    Audio Recorder.app- It has some other features, like recording on a schedule, so it might be what you want. It also has a clip warning.

    Lastly, there is a way to do routing physically, get a mini to mini connector (1/8th inch to 1/18th inch), and just be careful about setting your volume levels.

    Also- don't preprocess streams (use an equalizer), it can lead to clipping.
  6. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    I add my vote for Audio Hijack. I really like all the Rouge Ameoba stuff. Not tried the other solutions; I haven't needed to.

    Once I've "hijacked" and recorded the stream, I use Sound Studio 3 to edit it and clean it up. Not free, but good quality.


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