Through the years I’ve tried about every audio recording app for the Mac– from ProTools to Logic, from BIAS to Audacity and plenty in-between. Even now my collection of audio recording apps is larger than what actually gets used. The latest addition is sBlaster which does more than some recording apps. All it takes is a click to record audio from any running app and from any audio device on your Mac. That’s an important distinction.
That means sBlaster can record audio from other Mac apps which play audio– Safari, Chrome, Firefox, DVD Player, VLC, QuickTime Player, as well as iChat, FaceTime, and Skype. It also records audio from online services including Spotify and Rdio.
The user interface is a bit of a throwback but instantly usable.
Select a sound source using the Plus button above the VU meters (that’s a throwback for sure). Set the sound output with the knob on the right, and click the big red Record button to record audio from the selected source.
Once you’ve recorded an audio track simply click on the search Magnifying Glass to find the audio file in the Finder.
sBlaster handles the audio files you’d expect– MP3, AAX, AC3, AIFF, Flac, OGG, and others, and the sampling rates can be set from 8kHz to 48kHz. The ability to record the Mac’s system audio from an app sets it apart from most other Mac recording apps. On the other hand, it doesn’t edit audio files as does Amadeus Pro or Garageband.