Under The Microscope

Airfoil for Windows 5.5 Brings Full Chromecast and HomePod Support

We’re now shipping an official version of Airfoil for Windows 5.5. This update adds the ability to stream any audio from Windows to the Google Chromecast as well as other Google Cast devices, like the Google Home third party Cast-enabled players! It also includes full compatibility with Apple’s HomePod devices. With this update, you can stream audio from your Windows PC to more devices than ever before.

We’ve been testing these updates with Public Previews for the last few months. Those previews provided early access to the new functionality, while we worked out the kinks. Now, we’re pleased to provide this update to all users. It’s a free update for owners of Airfoil 5, so be sure to get it now, right from the Airfoil for Windows page.

If you’re still using an older version of Airfoil for Windows (version 3 or lower), now’s a great time to upgrade to the latest.

Stream to Sonos’s AirPlay Hardware With Airfoil for Mac 5.8

We’ve got big news for Airfoil today: Sonos compatibility! With the new Airfoil for Mac 5.8, you can stream any audio from your Mac to all of Sonos’s AirPlay-compatible devices. That means Airfoil can now help you play audio to even more devices. Whatever mix of AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Chromecast devices you have, Airfoil can help you stream audio in sync to all of them at once.

Currently, Sonos’s AirPlay-compatible hardware lineup consists of the Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and second-generation Play:5. If you’ve already got one of these AirPlay-compatible Sonos device, make sure its firmware is up to date, then update to Airfoil for Mac 5.8 to start streaming any audio from your Mac all around your house.

Of note for users with older Sonos hardware, you need just one AirPlay-compatible Sonos device to enjoy audio on your entire system.

From Sonos’s announcement:

Even though AirPlay 2 is only supported on Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and Play:5, with any one of these speakers you can listen via AirPlay on your entire home sound system. That means that even non-AirPlay compatible speakers like Playbar or Play:1 can reap the sonic benefits of our AirPlay 2 integration, provided they’re grouped with one of our newer, AirPlay-friendly devices in the Sonos app.

That means that if you have an older Sonos system, you can just add a single new device to get AirPlay compatibility going throughout your home. The Sonos One is a very worthy HomePod competitor, and its $199 price tag is just slightly more than half the cost of Apple’s smart speaker.

More Compatible Devices Coming Soon

Sonos’s recent update made them the first third-party vendor to ship AirPlay 2 compatible speakers, but they won’t be the last. There are many more AirPlay 2 devices coming from Denon, Libratone, Marantz, and more. Much of this hardware is already available for purchase, and firmware updates to enable AirPlay on these devices are due at various points later this year.

More compatible outputs coming soon!

Like the Sonos hardware, we expect these devices will be compatible with Airfoil, once their firmware is updated. We’re excited for Airfoil to power audio streaming to even more great hardware!

Get Airfoil for Mac 5.8 Now

For over a decade, Airfoil has helped stream audio from your Mac to outputs all around your house. With today’s update, it supports more outputs than ever before. If you’re new to Airfoil, learn more on its product page. You can download the free trial, then purchase right through our store.

Owners of Airfoil for Mac 5 can update to version 5.8 free of charge, by selecting “Check for Update” from the Airfoil menu. If you’re an owner of Airfoil 4 or lower, you’re still eligible to upgrade to version 5 at a great discount.

Stay Tuned, Airfoil for Windows Users

Fear not, Windows users. We’re hard at work on an update which will add Sonos compatibility to Airfoil for Windows as well. Stay tuned for more news in the near future!

Haere Mai, Nathan!

Earlier this month, the Staff section of our Company page got another update when we added our newest hire, Nathan Tiddy. If you’re a New Zealander like Nathan, you may already know from this post’s title that today we’re using the blog to publicly welcome Nathan.

Nathan’s actually relatively new to the world of Mac programming, but he’s proven himself to be a quick study. Prior to joining us, Nathan developed and shipped his own audio utility called “menuBUS”. Now, we’re delighted to have him working on more audio tools here at Rogue Amoeba.

If you’re a user of our soundboard app Farrago, you can already appreciate some of Nathan’s work. His first project with us was implementing MIDI support, as well as other improvements you can find in the new Farrago 1.2. We’re excited to have Nathan joining our team, where he’ll be able to improve and push forward more apps. As always, stay tuned for more!

Farrago 1.2 Brings MIDI Control and More

Our newest app, Farrago, provides robust, rapid-fire soundboards to podcasters, theater techs, and live performers. After its initial 1.0 release in January and a major 1.1 update in April, we’re pleased to be shipping Farrago 1.2 today. This update has many improvements, but focuses on two major features: MIDI support and multi-tile editing.

MIDI Support

Farrago’s new MIDI support lets you take control of your soundboard with any MIDI device. With a few seconds of setup, you’ll be able to control playback of any of your tiles via MIDI. As well, MIDI control is also available for playback shortcuts, set switching, and more! This was one of our single most-requested features, so it’s great to have it working.

Multi-Tile Editing

With the new multi-tile editing, it’s now a breeze to update settings in bulk. Just select two or more tiles, then edit settings in the Inspector. You can rapidly change the color of a group of tiles, adjust their playback settings, and more.

And More

Of course, there are also plenty of smaller fixes and improvements. The master volume control can now be controlled via keyboard shortcuts. Sets have also been enhanced, with a new ability to keep notes for a Set and an improved process for renaming Sets as well.

We’ve also refined our VoiceOver labels, to make things clearer for our visually impaired users. With Farrago 1.2, the Mac’s best new soundboard app just keeps getting better!

Download Farrago Now

Farrago is the perfect partner for your podcast, theater show, or other live performance. Learn more about Farrago on its product page, then test it out by downloading the free trial. Farrago’s introductory pricing runs out at the end of July, so act fast to save over 20% off the regular price.

For existing users, Farrago 1.2 is a free update. Just open up the app and select “Check for Update” from the Farrago menu. Get it now!

Audio Hijack 3.5 Adds the Ability to Broadcast Audio

Today, we’ve got a big (and free!) update to our popular audio recording utility Audio Hijack. Audio Hijack 3.5 is all about internet radio streaming, with a brand new Broadcast output block that makes it possible to send any audio to Shoutcast and Icecast servers. It’s perfect for running livecasts of podcast recordings, as well as live streaming DJ sets, and powering all types of internet radio streams.

Broadcasting In Action

If you’re already using Audio Hijack to record audio, broadcasting will be a snap as well. Adding a Broadcast block to your audio chain makes it possible to take what Audio Hijack is pulling in, and send it to an MP3 or AAC streaming server, allowing listeners around the world to tune in. Have a look:

This simple chain is pulling audio from iTunes and a microphone, recording it, then passing it out to an external server. It’s simple, straight-forward, and tremendously powerful. Of course, the new Broadcast block offers plenty of features for broadcasting experts to appreciate. Let’s go to the bullet-point list!

Multiple Server Types

Stream to Shoutcast 2, Shoutcast 1, and Icecast 2 streaming audio servers. Broadcast can even automatically detect your server type.

MP3 and AAC Streaming

With Broadcast, you can stream in either the popular MP3 streaming format, or the more modern AAC streaming format.

Intelligent AAC+ (HE-AAC) Streaming

If you’re streaming AAC, Broadcast will automatically work to achieve the best quality for a given bitrate by switching to the superior-sounding HE-AAC when possible.

Powerful Track Titles

The Broadcast block can be configured to automatically read track titles from supported sources, then embed them in your stream for listeners to see. It’s also possible to manually add and update track titles, as you broadcast.

Multi-Broadcast Support

Using multiple Broadcast blocks in one session, you can stream a high and a low quality broadcast, or in multiple audio formats. You can even easily copy server settings between blocks, with Audio Hijack’s powerful Presets feature.

We’ve also created a new Template to help get you started with an Internet Radio broadcast. You can find the “Internet Radio” template in Audio Hijack’s Template Chooser. Just click “New Session” to select the template (or any of our other templates), and start experimenting!

The new Broadcast block will open up many additional uses for Audio Hijack, and we can’t wait to see (and hear) how folks make use of it!

Another New Block

As a result of beta tester feedback, we’ve also added a second new block to Audio Hijack 3.5: the Input Switch block. With an Input Switch, you can toggle from input A to input B (and back) with one click. This can be useful for broadcasting, but it’s also handy for easily testing audio effects, and more.

Input Switch in action

In the setup above, introductory music for a livestream is being played from iTunes, while the mics are not yet heard. Switching between sources is just a matter of clicking the switch. The source will fade from A to B, and the co-host’s microphone audio will be heard, while iTunes is not.

Get Audio Hijack 3.5 Today

Audio Hijack 3.5 is a free update for all current owners of Audio Hijack 3. Just select “Check for Update” from the Audio Hijack menu to move up to the latest.

While Audio Hijack 3 originally shipped way back in 2015, users of any older version of Audio Hijack or Audio Hijack Pro are still eligible for a discounted upgrade to version 3!

And if you’re entirely new to Audio Hijack, there’s no time like the present to see what you’ve been missing. Visit the Audio Hijack page to learn more, and download the free trial.

A Note for Nicecast Users

Current and former users of our now-retired broadcasting tool Nicecast should make sure to read this secondary post. It’s full of a wealth of additional information on broadcasting in 2018 and beyond, as well as tips on moving your broadcasting setup to Audio Hijack, and an exclusive discount.

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