New to my MBP, can I record system audio?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Griffinity, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. Griffinity macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2008
    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.
  2. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    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.
  3. AviationFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA
  4. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    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?
  5. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.
  6. phane macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2009
    Record System Sound - Mac

    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.

  7. goofball macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2009
    Dominica, West Indies

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