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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.

6 Responses to “Beta Test The Future of Audio Capture”

  1. Tim Chaten says:

    Will this allow capture from a Google Hangout – I haven’t managed to find an app that supports that.

  2. Kevin says:

    Will there be an option to revert back to “classic mode” to use the application the way it’s used currently?

  3. Paul Kafasis says:

    Tim: Audio Hijack Pro 2 supports that currently – download it and try it out. You need to find the “GoogleTalkPlugin” process itself, by

    1) Installing the Instant On extra


    2) Option-clicking the source selector in the Input tab.

    So, Audio Hijack Pro definitely can get Hangouts audio today, and the update will as well.

    Kevin: No, I’m afraid not. We’re very confident that current users will be able to use the update with little trouble.

  4. Maeltj says:

    Sending my data right now.
    I want to try this!!

  5. Ben Hodder says:

    This sounds very interesting! I have emailed my details and my fingers will remain crossed. Do you guys have any idea on how much upgrades from 2 > 3 will be as yet, or is that still being decided?

  6. Paul Kafasis says:

    Ben: We don’t have a final price yet, no. It won’t be exorbitant, of course.

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