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Beta Test The Future of Audio Capture

As most readers likely know, Audio Hijack Pro is our tremendously popular audio recording tool. It’s been around in one form or another since 2002, and in that time, it’s helped countless users record audio on their Macs. From capturing a web stream, to recording audio from a microphone, to saving music from a DVD or just about anything else, Audio Hijack Pro can get you the audio you want.

For some time now, we’ve been hard at work on the next major version of the app. Audio Hijack Pro’s last major version bump (version 2.0) was almost ten years ago! Of course, the app has gained dozens of new features and improvements in the minor version updates released since then, but now we’re in the process of a major overhaul. With this update, we’re incredibly excited about the future of audio capture.

Tell Me More

Let’s start with a small picture:

The Audio Grid in action

You’re looking at the heart of the update, the all-new Audio Grid. With it, you create an intuitive audio pipeline in seconds, making powerful audio capture easier than ever. Now you can visualize your audio capture to guarantee perfect results, then “see” the audio as it flows.

The Audio Grid simplifies audio capture for users of all skill levels. Casual users will be able to get started on the most common setups with the built-in templates. If tweaks are required, the templates can be customized with just a few clicks. Meanwhile, advanced users will be able to create complex and powerful audio capture setups from scratch, all much faster than ever before.

There’s plenty more, from simplified audio effects to improved audio recording options. We’ve got custom plugins for easy noise removal, improved AudioUnit support, and gorgeous custom Retina-quality graphics. We’ve looked at every facet of the existing app, and worked to enhance, improve and streamline across the board.

Testing, Testing

While we’re tremendously eager to get this update in your hands, we don’t have a release timeframe just yet. At the moment, we’re looking for some skilled beta testers on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or 10.9 (Mavericks) to try it out. If you’re already a fan of Audio Hijack Pro 2, we’d love to have you try out the forthcoming update before its release. Just send us an email with the following info:

  • Your Full Name

  • Your Existing Audio Hijack Pro License Key

  • Your Postal Code

Be sure to include all of the above information if you want to be selected!


Update (March 24, 2014): And we’re closed up again. If you’re interested in beta testing, keep your eyes on this blog or our Twitter account.


We’ll only be sending the beta out to a small group of interested folks, so get in touch as soon as possible. If you don’t hear back from us, it just means you weren’t selected for this round of testing. In that case, keep your eyes on this blog for more.

As you’d imagine, we’ve tested this update extensively, and it works great for daily use. That said, if your setup is mission-critical, we’d recommend sticking with the official Audio Hijack Pro release for right now.

If you’re not up for testing, that’s alright. We’ll have much more to say about this update in the near future! Be sure to keep your eyes on this blog, as well as our Twitter account, for all the latest news.

New User? No Need to Wait!

Potential Audio Hijack Pro users should have no fear about buying now, as all purchases made from today on to the official release will receive a free upgrade to the new version. So, if you need to record audio on your Mac, get Audio Hijack Pro now. You can download the free trial and purchase via our store to get started right away. Later, when the new version ships, you’ll receive a free upgrade right in your inbox.

Visit Rogue Amoeba at Macworld 2014

Next month, Rogue Amoeba will once again be headed to the city by the bay, San Francisco. Yes, it’s almost time for the annual Macworld Expo (Macworld / iWorld 2014, to be precise about it), and we’ll be exhibiting in the Appalooza area. Come join us!

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Details

Dates: March 27th – 29th, 2014
Times: 11 AM – 6 PM (Thursday & Friday), 10 AM – 6 PM (Saturday)
Location: Moscone Center North, San Francisco

As always, Macworld will feature hundreds of vendors showing off thousands of different hardware and software products. Attending is also a great way to connect with your fellow Mac users, meet journalists and writers whose sites you read, and be educated and entertained. If you’re in the area, and even if you’re not, heading over to Macworld is both fun and worthwhile.

If you’re considering coming, we can help get you in! We’ve got a limited number of free Exhibit Hall passes to distribute, so if you’re interested, register here. Once the free passes are gone, they’re gone, but it’s still just $25 to get in to the Exhibit Hall. And if you’re interested in more, check out the full Conference Pass. From training to Tech Talks, Macworld has a ton of great content to enjoy and learn from.

We hope you’ll mark down March 27th through the 29th in your calendar, and then swing by to say hello. See you soon!

Check out Ambify for Mac

Ambify for Mac IconLast year, we unveiled Airfoil Remote, a companion app for Airfoil for Mac (and soon, Airfoil for Windows). Airfoil Remote was built off of an app called “Reemote for Airfoil”, made by our friend Kai Aras. Since we shipped Airfoil Remote, Kai’s been hard at work on his own very cool app called Ambify.

If you own a Philips Hue light system, or you’re just interested in programmable lights (they’re very cool!), you’ll definitely want to check out Ambify. Put the two together, and your music will control your lights. So visit the Ambify page to learn more, and download a free trial. Be sure to check out Ambify for iOS too!

Five for Falin

Last year, we celebrated Jeff Johnson’s five year anniversary with Rogue Amoeba. At the beginning of 2014, we were able to celebrate another milestone, as Lee Falin hit his own five year anniversary. While these two celebrations came close to one another, such longevity with a company is relatively rare, and decidedly worthy of note.

We shared a private celebration with Lee and the team already, but we also like to publicly acknowledge these important anniversaries. Lee began his work with us back in 2009 as a support technician, and many of you may have been helped by him. While working support, he improved our processes, which is still benefiting folks now. However, he eventually moved on to taking over development of Airfoil for Windows in 2010, where he’s helped develop a steady stream of updates. In one way or another, Lee has helped tens of thousands of our users, and we thank him for it. We’ve been thrilled to have him, and look forward to the future.

A Real Virtual Gift

Each time an employee reaches the five year mark with us, we present them with a personal gift. Rather than a pin, or plaque, or paperweight, we try to find something that will be meaningful to the individual. For Lee’s gift, though, we went with something incredibly cool. It’s something just about all geeks lust for, yet something that’s not quite practical for most to purchase.

That gift is the Oculus Rift, a next-generation virtual reality headset. If you know the Oculus Rift, you may already be jealous. The rest of our team certainly was (including the founders!). But you don’t have to take our word for it, because even 90-year-old grandmothers enjoy the Oculus Rift!

Lee's Swag
Caution: Contents May Be Fun!

Lee received the Oculus Rift development kit, as pictured, which will enable him to hack and play around. When the first consumer version ships, he’ll receive one of those as well, which should include some fun games. For now though, Lee’s just started fiddling with the dev kit:

“It is definitely an interesting experience, and more than once I jerked my head backwards to avoid a wall, or felt my stomach lurch if I tried to move to quickly. I haven’t had much time to do anything other than plug it in and try the demo, but I look forward to using it for a secret About box in Airfoil for Windows.”

If you look at the image above, you might notice the card featuring Ammo scaling Big Ben on the card. Our designer Christa made that, because Lee and his family have been living in England recently. As well, you can see that Lee also received a 5 Year Challenge Coin. The aforementioned Mr. Johnson was the first employee to receive one of those, but now Lee has joined this exclusive club as well.

Thank You!

Thanks for all your work over the past five years, Lee. Here’s to many more great years to come!

Podcast Creation Tools

If you’re a reader of this blog, you’re likely familiar with Audio Hijack Pro for recording audio, and Fission for editing it. They’re powerful tools to help you manipulate all manner of audio on your Mac. However, because they’re so powerful, we often have trouble detailing the myriad ways in which they’re used.

Fission IconThat’s why we’re so delighted to see two recent articles in the Mac press. First up, Josh Centers wrote a great piece over at TidBITS about how he creates podcasts. Of course, Audio Hijack Pro and Fission are both featured prominently in the article, but he also covers hardware like microphones and headphones, and details his full process. If you’re interested in creating a podcast, check out how Josh makes his.

Audio Hijack Pro IconAs well, long-time Mac news site MacNN recently did a hands-on with Audio Hijack Pro. Of course, they detailed its usefulness in recording podcasts, as well as just about any other audio on your Mac. I was especially thrilled to see this, as I actually got my start in the computer industry writing reviews for MacNN, wa(aaa)y back in the last millennium!

If you’re new to Audio Hijack Pro or Fission (or any of our apps, for that matter), you can always download free trials, right from our front page.