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Take Control of Audio Hijack
Price
$10.00
Pages
119
Formats
PDF EPUB Mobi
Version
1.1
Updated
Jun 09, 2016
The Author

Kirk McElhearn is a freelance writer, specializing in Macs, iPods, iTunes, digital music, and more. In addition to having written or co-written a dozen books, he is a Senior Contributor to Macworld magazine and he contributes to several other publications. He reviews classical CDs for MusicWeb and audiobooks for Audiofile, and he is a translator from French to English.

Take Control of Audio Hijack

Find sound advice for recording anything on your Mac!

Learn how to use Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack 3 to capture and enhance any audio playing on a Mac. Audio expert Kirk McElhearn provides instructions for setting up common scenarios — recording audio playing in Safari, capturing Skype and FaceTime calls, digitizing your old LPs, extracting audio from concert DVDs, and working with mics and mixers, among much else. Kirk also helps you edit recordings in Rogue Amoeba’s Fission audio editor.

You’ll learn how to pipe sound through Audio Hijack to enhance its quality without recording. For example, by boosting the volume or tweaking the bass — movies on Netflix never sounded better!

You’ll also discover special features such as reusable sessions, recording to more than one file (and format) at once, scheduling recordings, time shifting during live playback, effects like ducking and panning, adding automatic metadata before recording, and more.

The Fission chapter has directions for trimming, cropping, adding, replacing, splitting, and fading audio. It also explains how to turn an audio file into a ringtone and — podcasters and educators take note! — how to make a chapterized AAC file.

This book was created in collaboration with Rogue Amoeba, who worked with us to make this book more accurate, more detailed, and just plain better.

More Info

As far as recording goes, you’ll find help with:

  • Recording literally any audio played on your Mac.
  • Setting up reusable sessions with Audio Hijack’s Audio Grid interface.
  • Scheduling when your Mac should record something automatically.
  • Recording from a mic. Or two mics. Or a mixer. Or a food processor.
  • Capturing a chat from Skype, FaceTime, and other voice-over-IP apps.
  • Checking volume levels before you record.
  • Ducking one audio source when a second source kicks in.
  • Digitizing an LP or cassette, while reducing hiss and noise.
  • Breaking a digitized album into separate songs.
  • Recording to multiple files and formats.
  • Finding your recordings in Audio Hijack and the Finder.

If you’re interested in enhancing your aural experience, you’ll find help with:

  • Enhancing audio while you listen to it. For example, your little laptop’s speakers might not provide enough oomph for an action thriller’s soundtrack, but with Audio Hijack you can boost that sound and enjoy the flick.
  • Piping audio around your house while you listen in creative ways: Rdio might not be able to use AirPlay to send music to your AirPort Express, but Audio Hijack can.
  • Time shifting live audio while you listen. If you’ve ever used a TiVo, you know what this means: You’re listening to a live stream, but you can’t pay attention continuously. Even though it’s live, you want to pause and resume, or go back a few seconds or jump ahead (if there’s anything to jump ahead to).

Lastly, you’ll learn how to use Fission to polish your recordings. You can:

  • Trim unwanted bits.
  • Insert one audio file into another.
  • Fade in or out from silence.
  • Adjust a recording’s volume.
  • Create a ringtone or alert noise.
  • Make a chapterized AAC file.
  • Batch convert nearly any audio file to MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF, or WAV format.
FAQ

What versions of the Rogue Amoeba apps does this book cover?

Audio Hijack 3.3 and Fission 2.

What are Audio Hijack 3’s OS requirements?

Audio Hijack 3 works with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and later.

What about Fission 2’s OS requirements?

Fission is compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion and later.

Update Plans

June 9, 2016 – Now that we’ve updated this book for Audio Hijack 3.3, we don’t have any particular plan for a future update. If we decide to revise the book again, I’ll say something about it here.

Posted by Tonya Engst

Blog
  1. MyMac Review Lauds Take Control of Audio Hijack

    Although we at Take Control Books are confident that we produce high quality helpful technology guides, it’s always nice to get outside validation. Such is the case with Elisa Pacelli’s recent review of Kirk’s guide to Audio Hijack Pro. In addition to writing for the venerable (20 years!) Mac-oriented site MyMac.com, Pacelli is also a co-host on the podcast 3 Geeky Ladies, so you can bet she’s familiar with the issues you can encounter when recording and editing audio. That makes it particularly gratifying to hear that she finds the book “a must have companion resource” to the Audio Hijack Pro software. We’re chuffed to read that we’re not alone in thinking Kirk’s book “witty and easy to read” and money “well spent.”

    Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)

  2. Kirk and Chuck Talk about Audio Hijack

    In his second interview with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices this month, Kirk talks about why he finds Audio Hijack 3 a user-interface breakthrough for the venerable audio utility. He also explains the real-world approach he takes in the book. So give a listen — if you have Audio Hijack, you might even want to record it!

    Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)