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Audio Hijack 3 Is a Hit (And Audio Hijack 3.0.1 Is Here)

Audio Hijack IconAudio Hijack 3 came out just over a week ago, and since then, we’ve been absolutely inundated with feedback from users and the press alike. The response has been enormously positive, including a rave over at Six Colors from Jason Snell and a 4.5-mice rating from Macworld. Sites across the web covered the update, from Mac stalwarts such as MacNN, TUAW, and MacRumors to broader tech sites like iMore and IT Enquirer.

Users have loved the update too. Here’s just a smattering of the positive words we’ve heard:

Oh MAN the new version of @RogueAmoeba’s Audio Hijack is amazing. Great work guys!

Nate D.


Audio Hijack is the best tool for skype recording, hands down. Helps with quality of podcast, the PC equivalents are inferior.

@RadioWesteros


The new Audio Hijack is the most exciting Mac app in ages. Super cool.

Raygan K.


Audiopeeps, let it be known that I <3 @rogueamoeba products, so useful, simple & cheap, and the new Hijack is aces.

Milt M.


And my favorite, an email from user Scott L.:

Holy Sheep S#!)!! Just downloaded the AH3 upgrade and…WOW!!! Hats off to your developers for making a great product..GREATER!! Happy Customer!!

All in all, we’re incredibly gratified to hear that others think Audio Hijack is just as great as we do!

See for Yourself

We hope you’re interested in Audio Hijack 3. If you haven’t yet read the Audio Hijack 3 announcement post, you should definitely give it a look. But here’s a quick overview of what you need to know:

  • Audio Hijack 3 runs on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

  • You can get a free trial right from our site, and then purchase a license key from our store to unlock the full version.

  • Audio Hijack 3 is the newest version of all previous “Audio Hijack” products. Most importantly, it replaces Audio Hijack Pro 2, simply dropping the “Pro” suffix.

  • If you’ve ever purchased a product with “Audio Hijack” in the name, dating all the way back to 2002, you can upgrade at a heavily-discounted price. Yes, we may have lost our damned minds, but we really want to get all our customers using the newest version.

  • We’ve even got a discount for users of Ambrosia Software’s now-defunct “WireTap” products. If you purchased “WireTap Studio” or “WireTap Pro”, you can move to Audio Hijack with a great discount.

A Team Effort

Just as when Rogue Amoeba’s founders were recently honored, it’s again essential to publicly acknowledge everyone here at Rogue Amoeba for their work. Without question, Audio Hijack 3 is the biggest update Rogue Amoeba has ever put out, and it took a massive team effort to ship it. This update represents years of front-end work by Grant Farr and crucial backend work by Ed Wynne and Jeff Johnson. You’re seeing beautiful designs created by Christa Mrgan. We couldn’t keep things moving forward without our support tech Chris Barajas. Even our Windows dev Lee Falin got in on the act, helping to polish everything in the final days. The end result of all that work is the new Audio Hijack 3, and it’s a hell of a release. I’m tremendously proud to make software with everyone who works here at Rogue Amoeba.

More to Come

Despite months of testing, no software product is perfect, and Audio Hijack 3.0.0 had a few assorted bugs we wanted to squash immediately. To that end, we’ve just released version 3.0.1, which fixes several of our dumbest bugs. If you’re already using 3.0, be sure to choose “Check for Updates” from the Audio Hijack menu to get 3.0.1.

Next up, we’ll be reviewing customer requests, in particular those related to various types of automated actions and scripting. We’ve also gotten good feedback on recordings actions based on silence (aka “Silence Monitor”) and adjustable buffers for controlling latency. We’ll be considering all this and more for future versions in the coming weeks and months.

As always, stay tuned for updates!

3 Responses to “Audio Hijack 3 Is a Hit (And Audio Hijack 3.0.1 Is Here)”

  1. brian163 says:

    As an AH user for over 10 years, I do appreciate the new sleek and modernized interface. I’d prefer to have the option of viewing my sessions as a list instead of the grid format (kind of how the Schedule tab displays them but with the space consuming “Add Timer” buttons removed) but that is not a deal breaker for me.

    On the other hand, I’m REALLY lamenting the loss of some of the plug-ins. One of my primary uses for Audio Hijack (Pro) over the years was to simply enhance the sound of playback to my home audio system. My favorite pipeline was the 10-band EQ, VST Effect’s Excitifier, and mda’s Dymanics, followed by the VU meter. Excitifer and Dymanics are now gone. (I tried the AU Dymanics module but the settings interface is completely different and makes my head hurt.) And for the life of me I can’t seem to tweak the Audio Hijack 3 settings to match the same quality of sound that I prefer in AHP 2.x.

    Now I fear a may become one of those people that desperately clutches onto an old version of an app that did -exactly- what I wanted it to (and praying some future OS update doesn’t break it) while not being able to capitalize on the improvements in the new version.

    Is there any intention to bring more effect modules to the table in future releases? Specifically something that would emulate the two I mentioned but also other possible audio playback enhancements like simulated surround modes that you often find in other audio EQ/enhancement products. (“Theatre”, “concert”, “stage”, “large room”, “small room”, etc., etc.)

    Thanks


  2. Ben says:

    PLEASE bring back Silence Monitor!

    Otherwise I love the Hijack 3.


  3. Paul Kafasis says:

    brian163: I’m afraid we have no plans to support the older, now fairly obsolete plugin types, no, nor to make additional plugins ourselves. Audio Hijack supports modern (64-bit Cocoa) Audio Units, and there are hundreds of them out there – hopefully you can find something that works for you.

    Ben: We’ll see what happens there – stay tuned for updates.

    As always, use our support form for more assistance.


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