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Archive for March, 2019

Guy Serle’s Video Overviews of Loopback 2

Veteran Mac user/journalist/podcaster Guy Serle, of MyMac.com, recently posted a couple of great videos to help folks with the new version of our audio routing tool Loopback.

Guy’s first video gives a great overview of using Loopback in general, including how to route multiple sources into a VoIP app like Skype and how to configure a recording app like GarageBand. In the second video, Guy adds Audio Hijack to the mix, to do some impressive multi-track recording.

It’s great to see our tools put through their paces this way, and very helpful for users to have walkthroughs like this to guide their own setups. Check out Guy’s videos to help you get the most from Loopback!

SoundSource 4 Is Our Brand-New, Incredibly Powerful, System-Wide Audio Control

Today, we’re pleased to introduce a brand-new product: SoundSource 4. You wouldn’t think a version 4 could be labeled as “brand-new”, but the massive new functionality and fully redesigned interface mean SoundSource 4 is effectively a whole new product.

SoundSource originated as a very basic tool to speed up access to your Mac’s speakers and mics. With SoundSource 4, it’s grown into a powerful system-wide audio utility which offers functionality to help every Mac user.

SoundSource in Action

Whether you’re listening to podcasts, streaming music, or watching videos, audio is a big part of using your Mac. With SoundSource, you gain superior control over all that sound.

Control Audio on a Per-Application Basis

SoundSource’s capabilities start with per-application audio control. As soon as you add an app to SoundSource, you can begin controlling its audio.

With the volume slider, you can make an app louder or softer than others, or even mute it entirely. The output device selector lets you control exactly where audio plays, so you can play music from iTunes or Spotify to your best speakers, while routing everything else to your Mac’s built-in output.

Sweeten Any Sound With Audio Effects

With the power of SoundSource’s audio effects, it’s a snap to get great-sounding audio. Apply effects to a specific application, or to all the audio playing on your Mac.

Anyone wanting more from their MacBook speakers can hit the Magic Boost button to instantly get richer, fuller sound. Our renowned 10-band Lagutin equalizer can do even more, and requires minimal setup with nearly two dozen presets to boost bass, enhance vocals, or even perfect what’s heard through AirPods. True audiophiles will welcome SoundSource’s support for Audio Units, which allow for complex and precise adjustments.

Whether you want to add an equalizer to Spotify, crank up the volume through small laptop speakers, or make precise adjustments to all your audio, SoundSource has you covered.

Get Fast Access to System Audio Devices

SoundSource hasn’t forgotten its roots, and it now provides fast access to all the settings your Mac’s Output, Input, and Sound Effects audio devices offer, right from the menu bar.

Using SoundSource, you can adjust volume and input levels, tweak the balance, and even switch sample rates. You may never need to open the Sound System Preference again!

So Many More Great Features

SoundSource has much more to offer, from great support for Apple’s popular AirPods to “Super Volume Keys” that allow keyboard volume controls to work with HDMI devices, DisplayPort monitors, and other digital hardware that MacOS doesn’t support by default. Global keyboard access and robust keyboard control make it a breeze to adjust your audio settings without ever even touching your mouse.

Everything SoundSource does is aimed at giving you control over the audio on your Mac. Experience the magic of SoundSource, and see why we say this is sound control so good, it ought to be built in to MacOS.

Try SoundSource Now

If you’re on MacOS 10.11 or higher, you can explore all that SoundSource offers by downloading our free, fully-featured trial. When you’re ready, you can purchase through our online store for just $29.

Get Started With SoundSource

Notes for Owners of SoundSource 3

SoundSource 4 is a major update that changes a lot, so be sure to check out “What’s New in SoundSource 4”.

If you own SoundSource 3, you can move to version 4 at a discount. Try it out, then purchase your discounted upgrade for just $19.

Finally, folks who purchased SoundSource on or after February 1st, 2019 will receive a complimentary upgrade to SoundSource 4. Full details have been sent via email, so be sure to check your inbox.

Mac Sound Sorcery

Update (March 26th, 2019): The wait is over, with the release of SoundSource 4, a brand-new (?!) audio control utility for MacOS.

In the very near future, we’ll be unveiling a brand-new product. While some of our audio tools are aimed at niche markets, this app is built for wide appeal. If you use audio on your Mac in any way at all, you’re going to want to hear all about this.

Stay Tuned

We’ll have more news next week, but for now, we’re just encouraging you to stay in touch via:

It’s going to be magical!

Tutorials for Our Entire Ultimate Podcast Bundle

Hot on the heels of our recent post about videos from Chris Enns, another useful set of helpful videos about Rogue Amoeba’s apps is now available on YouTube. Mike Russell runs Music Radio Creative, an international audio production company, and he’s recently posted videos on:


How to Play Music and System Audio Through Skype (Loopback 2 Tutorial)

Audio Hijack

How to Use Audio Hijack to Record Skype (Tutorial)


A Podcast Soundboard App for Mac (Introducing Farrago)


Adding Podcast Metadata and Making Lossless mp3 Edits (Fission Tutorial)

These videos are an excellent way to get started with our apps, and it’s great that Mike is sharing his knowledge and skills. If you’re looking to begin podcasting, folks like Mike and Chris even offer online training to help you get started. And of course, you can save big on the tools mentioned above, by purchasing our Ultimate Podcast Bundle. Happy podcasting!

Learn Audio Hijack with Chris Enns

A few months back, I did an interview with podcaster (and podcast editor-for-hire) Chris Enns. Chris uses several of our products on a daily basis, and it was great to chat with him.

Even better, however, are the videos he’s posted to YouTube about using Audio Hijack. His overview of the app provides a broad look, but it’s the tutorials for specific tasks like setting up an audio livestream or recording Skype calls that we really love to see.

If you’re looking to get even more out of our audio recording tool Audio Hijack, Chris has a whole playlist of videos to help you!

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