Audio Hijack Pro 2.96 is an inexpensive and easy-to-use application that lets you record audio from almost any source, including iTunes, iChat, Skype, DVD Player, web sites (via Safari or another browser), other applications, and a microphone. In addition to recording audio for your own use, you can also record audio for projects, such as podcasts.
Audio Hijack Pro is all the recording application many users will ever need, and at $32 (£22), it's a steal. It doesn't include much in the way of editing features, though, so be sure to include an editing application in your budget.
- Easy to use.
- Supports beginner, intermediate, and advanced users.
- Lets you record audio from almost any source.
- Can burn recordings to CD without using another application.
- Supports ID3 tags, AppleScripts, and many audio plug-ins.
- The two-step process (Hijack, then Record) feels a little counterintuitive.
- Limited editing features.
- Works with Leopard (Mac OS 10.5.x) and Snow Leopard (Mac OS 10.6.x)
- Lets you record from almost any source.
- Record to the most common audio (MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF)
- Send recordings to iTunes.
- Burn recordings to CD.
- Supports AppleScripts and hundreds of common audio plug-ins.
- Lets you add ID3 tags to make it easy to organize and search recordings.
It's always a joy to use an application whose user interface designer gets it, and Audio Hijack Pro is just such an application. Its user interface is clean, clutter-free, and well organized. You can figure out most things on your own, although if you need a little help, the built-in manual and written tutorials are well-written and easy to follow.
The Audio Hijack Pro user interface has three basic sections. Spanning the top of the Audio Hijack Pro window is a menu bar that holds Hijack and Mute buttons on the left; Record, Pause, and Split buttons on the right; and a slightly off center area that displays the name and icon of the current audio source, and the progress of the recording, if one is in progress.
A left-hand navigation bar provides a link to the Recording Bin, where your recordings are stored for easy access; the Quick Record feature (more on that in a minute); and a list of input sources. Out of the box, so to speak, Audio Hijack Pro lists the Default System Input, DVD Player, iChat, iTunes, QuickTime Player, and Safari. Using plus and minus buttons at the bottom of the nav bar, you can easily add or delete sources.
The Quick Record feature lets you skip some of the setup process and basically grab a recording on the fly, although it isn't quite as quick or easy as its name suggests.
The main part of the Audio Hijack Pro window is where the real work gets done. There are 5 tabs: Input, Schedule, Recording, Tags, and Effects. Under the Input tab, you select a source, such as an application or audio device, from a dropdown menu; an input device; and an output device. There's also an Advanced button that more experienced users can click to tweak the settings for a recording. As you might expect, the Schedule tab lets you set up a recording for later. The Recording tab lets you select a format, such as For Internet Distribution, if you're creating a podcast, and a target location to save the recording. You can also give your recording a name; tell Audio Hijack Pro what to do with the recording when it's finished, such as send it to iTunes; and tell Audio Hijack Pro how often to start a new file and when to stop recording. The Tags tab lets you add ID3 tags, which makes it easy to organize and search your recordings. And finally the Effects tab lets you add DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effects, if you're so inclined.
Overall, Audio Hijack Pro is a well-designed application that will meet the recording needs of many users, at a very budget-friendly price.
A demo version of Audio Hijack Pro is available for downloading from the Rogue Amoeba web site. All features function in the demo, but if you record anything more than 10 minutes in length, the program adds noise to the recording.