When browsing the Mac App Store for the latest and greatest finds you’ll come across a few apps with nothing but five star reviews. If it has dozens or a hundred five star reviews, good. But if the app has only a few, then it might be suffering from what I call relative and friend syndrome, where the app developer’s family and friends give it high ratings but nobody else buys or tries the app.
Audio Record-Pro falls into that category. It gets nothing but five star reviews, and that makes it attractive enough to try, even though I worry that all the reviews came from family and friends.
What caught my eye is the option to record music from online sources as well as the Mac’s system audio. As is the case with many Mac audio recording apps, Audio Record Pro uses the Mac’s built-in Core Audio so the quality is high– MP3, M4A, WAV, with custom bit rate, channel, and sample rate options.
That means it will record sound from you Mac, sound from the Mac’s audio input or microphone input. The interface is uncomplicated and mostly self explanatory with transport controls easily identified and well placed.
Even more useful is the option to record audio from sources online, including websites with video, grabbing the audio portion and saving it to your Mac.
Other options include editing the ID3 tag for MP3 audio, trim and split recorded audio, filter out specific frequencies of audio, burn audio to a CD, or make a Ringtone for iTunes and your iPhone.
If all the Mac App Store reviews are not from the developer’s family and friends, then the stars are well deserved. Otherwise, Audio Record-Pro surprises. It’s quite good and simple to use, and the ability to record Mac system audio is a plus.