Developer Rogue Amoeba released its Audio Hijack 4 software for macOS. This is a standalone audio recorder and processor with its real strength found in the many choices for audio routing. It’s like unlocking the macOS audio engine for controlled tampering! This is very useful for things like podcasting, live streaming and anything else that’s about bringing together audio from different sources. With version 4, Audio Hijack sees some new features and improvements. Let’s have a look!
Rogue Amoeba Audio Hijack 4
Controlling the flow of audio from one app to another is mission-critical at times. Audio Hijack is a comprehensive audio routing app similar to Soundflower, but there’s also a recorder in it alongside effects and monitoring features.
Routing is accomplished by linking blocks of audio sources and tools, of which there are three new ones. The mixer block is aimed specifically at podcasters and streamers. It’s able to mix five audio sources together with controls for volume and fades. The other new blocks deal with volume. Magic Boost amplifies quiet signals without making the already loud ones louder. Simple Compressor keeps consistent volume. The rest of the blocks have been improved in terms of functionality and operation.
The user interface also sees some optimizations – not just the visuals, but the layout itself. For example, the new sidebar provides a better overview, recordings and timers are grouped, and a note field provides additional information. The recording preview now shows a waveform. The developer says these changes and improvements are the result of user feedback, and that’s just the best there is.
Specification and price
The license costs USD 64 and upgrades from older versions cost USD 29. Rogue Amoeba Audio Hijack 4 works under macOS 10.14 or later. A free demo version can be downloaded from the website.