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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lamina, Apr 1, 2006.
Is there a Mac alternative to Windows' sound recorder?
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.
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.
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.
Sorry, if you are looking for one that Mac itself created and gives to you with the computer. No.
Doesn't GarageBand come with the Mac? I believe it came with mine or was it part of ilife?
I use audio recorder, just search for "Audio Recorder" on Google and it should be near the top.
iMovie does it too...
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.
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.
Try Wiretap Pro - it will record anything that goes through the Mac sound system and allows scheduling.
Go to www.ambrosiasw.com
As does QuickTime Pro.
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.
RadioLover is a great app for recording internet radio.