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Audio Editing With Fission 2.5

The latest update to our easy-to-use audio editor Fission is now available. Fission 2.5 can be downloaded directly from our site, as well as in the Mac App Store. This update brings full support for MacOS 10.15 (Catalina), along with additional updates and improvements.

Full Dark Mode Support

Fission has long offered a choice between two themes, dark and light. However, it has not previously supported MacOS’s “Dark Mode”, introduced in MacOS 10.14 (Mojave). With Fission 2.5, there’s now full support for Dark Mode throughout the app.

Fission’s updated Appearance preference

You can adjust Fission’s appearance right from the Preferences window. The “Match System” setting will cause Fission to follow your OS-wide appearance.1 If you prefer, you can instead force Fission to use the “Light” or “Dark” theme, regardless of your system-wide settings.

Keep Rocking With Custom Ringtones

Readers may recall that the 2017 release of iTunes 12.7 changed and broke many things. At the time, Fission needed a major update to continue helping you make custom ringtones for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. With the release of Catalina, iTunes has ceased to be entirely, with its functions now spread across multiple applications. As a result, another update for Fission is needed for Catalina.

The update to Fission 2.5 brings full support for making custom ringtones on Catalina. We’ve also updated our helpful support article about making custom ringtones, to include instructions for users on Catalina, as well as older operating systems. With Fission 2.5, you can continue to set custom tones to play when you receive a phone call or text message, as well as when an alarm or timer goes off.

Update to Fission 2.5 Today

If you’re already a Fission user, just select “Check for Update” from the Fission menu to move up to version 2.5, or click “Free Download” below to download it directly.

If you’re new to Fission, visit the product page to learn more about fast and easy-to-use audio editor.

Helpful Fission Links


  1. The “Match System” option follows the General System Preference. On MacOS 10.14 and up, it follows the “Appearance” setting, while MacOS 10.13 and 10.12 use the older “Use dark menu bar and Dock” setting. ↩︎

With Audio Hijack 3.6, Our Software Is Now All Catalina Ready

Apple has just released the first official version of MacOS 10.15 (Catalina), and our software is ready for it. If you haven’t seen our Status page before, it’s certainly worth a look now. As you’ll see, all seven of our major Mac apps now have compatibility with Catalina. If you’re updating to Catalina, make sure you’ve got the latest versions of our apps. Once you do, you should be good to go.

What’s New in Audio Hijack 3.6?

Over the past two months, we’ve had issued over a half-dozen updates to provide Catalina support. However, until today, our flagship audio recorder Audio Hijack had not yet been updated. This update required the most attention and care, and we wanted to be sure it was ready to go before providing it to you.

Thankfully, we completed the necessary work just ahead of Apple’s official release, shipping Audio Hijack 3.6 this morning. This update goes well beyond simply adding support for the new OS. This is just a partial list of improvements you’ll find in the latest Audio Hijack:

Dramatically Improved Device Handling

Like our recent Loopback 2.1 update before it, the tracking and handling of physical input and output devices in Audio Hijack has been greatly improved. Because many popular USB audio devices fail to contain unique identifying information, it has often been necessary to re-select these devices after restarting your Mac or moving the device to a different USB port. Audio Hijack will now automatically track devices across restarts and between ports, so fewer adjustments are necessary.

Support for Dark Mode

Audio Hijack 3 has always had a dark appearance, but it has not previously had support for Dark Mode on MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) and higher. With the latest update, windows throughout the app will properly appear dark if you’re using Dark Mode on your Mac.

Updates to Declick, Dehum, and Denoise

Since Audio Hijack 3.0, we’ve included three built-in plugins to help you clean up common audio issues. The Declick, Dehum, and Denoise plugins bring powerful audio cleanup to anyone. These plugins were previously powered by licensed third-party technology. Unfortunately, that backend technology was no longer usable on modern versions of MacOS. As a result, we’ve overhauled these plugins with our in-house updates. If you’ve previously used these cleanup plugins, you’ll want to experiment anew, and update your settings. If you’ve never used them before, now is a great time to check out Declick, Dehum, and Denoise. For more information, see the “Advanced Blocks” page of the Audio Hijack manual.

An Enhanced Application Source Selector

The Source selector, found in the Application input block, has also been updated and improved. It’s now a snap to capture audio from Finder and Text to Speech, with the new “Special Sources” section of the Source selector. Other minor interface improvements have been made as well, all to make it easier than ever to capture the audio you want.

Bug Fixes and Improvements Galore

There’s much more to be found in Audio Hijack 3.6. We’ve got over two dozen changes and improvements.

More to Come

We’re always working on new features and improvements to our software, and a new OS update often necessitates additional releases to fix rare issues. It’s likely you’ll see further updates for Audio Hijack, as well our other products, in the coming weeks.

You can be sure you’re always running the latest versions of our apps by using the built-in version checking.

Just make sure “Automatically check for updates” is turned on in the app’s Preferences windows, and you’ll be alerted to new versions as they become available. For right now, all of our products should be good to go on Catalina.

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