"Sound recorder" for Mac?

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  1. lamina macrumors 68000

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    Is there a Mac alternative to Windows' sound recorder?
     
  2. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    Audacity is a good free sound recorder for the Mac. Go to versiontracker.com and do a search for it. That would be a good alternative if you don't own iLife (which includes Garageband) and don't have the money to purchase it.
     
  3. stridey macrumors 65816

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    I double the recommendation for Audacity as far as free solutions go. If you're willing to pay (exorbitantly), then Sound Studio is absolutely the best.
     
  4. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Audacity rules. Thanks a lot for the recommendation. I know GarageBand does it, but its kinda bulky for just recording a lecture or something like that.
     
  5. darwen macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, if you are looking for one that Mac itself created and gives to you with the computer. No.
     
  6. cairo macrumors regular

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    Doesn't GarageBand come with the Mac? I believe it came with mine or was it part of ilife?
     
  7. iShane macrumors 6502a

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    I use audio recorder, just search for "Audio Recorder" on Google and it should be near the top.
     
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    Does anyone know how I can record a radio program off live netcast on my powerbook?

    I keep missing this twice monthly program I like, and using audio cassette tapes in a tape recorder is beyond archaic.

    Thanks in advance for any ideas.
     
  10. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    GarageBand is part of iLife, which does come with newer Macs. Those with older computers won't necessarily have it, and would have to buy iLife separately.
     
  11. PeterD42 macrumors member

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    Recording netcasts

    Try Wiretap Pro - it will record anything that goes through the Mac sound system and allows scheduling.
    Go to www.ambrosiasw.com
     
  12. Lacnce macrumors member

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    As does QuickTime Pro.
     
  13. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    There are a number of recorders of OS X.
    Here is a GIANT list of them

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

    Audacity is my favorite (as far as freeware goes), but it is slow. It's benefits are that it is cross platform ,and there are lots of plug-ins available. It even supports a limited form of NYQUIST plug-ins. If you have a text-editor you can write NYQUIST plug-ins. It can decode MP3s and many other audio formats. The only way it, and many other applications can encode into MP3 format is by using a LAME encoder (More LAME encoders. The reason for this cost, decoding the format is set, and free. The primary encoders are all pricey, with licences starting at 30k (if I remember correctly). You can also find OrgVorb and other encoders that will plug into Audacity via the Library folder. Audacity is also opensource.

    Similar to Windows audio recorder is Audio Recorder.app Simple and free.

    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.

    iNet Stream is not a recorder for you Mic, but it will record streams, and strip off the coding so that it is iTunes compatible. It is worth the 15 bucks, but off course this is only used to run quality control on your own streaming audio.

    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.

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