What's new in this version:
Audio Hijack 3.6.3
Audio Capture From New Special Sources:
- Audio Hijack can now easily capture audio from Siri and VoiceOver, simply by selecting them from the “Special Sources” area in the Application source block
Enhanced Audio Capture with ACE 11.1:
- The Audio Capture Engine (ACE) has been updated to 11.1, with many backend enhancements
Improvements to Bluetooth Device Reliability:
- Audio Hijack now does additional work to avoid issues caused by Apple's Bluetooth device handling, so Bluetooth devices will work more reliably when included in a session
- The new TV.app on Catalina is now supported for metadata capture withs the Broadcast block
- Further improvements have been made to the tracking of USB audio devices
- Installation of the Schedule Helper tool has been moved into Audio Hijack's Preferences window
- A useful “Reinstall ACE” debugging option is now available by option-clicking the Piezo menu. This will uninstall and then immediately reinstall ACE
Audio Hijack 3.6.2
Full MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) Support:
- At this time, Audio Hijack now has full compatibility with MacOS 10.15 (Catalina)
Additional Denoise Improvements:
- Continued improvements have been made to the Denoise plugin, which now better handles changes to the session's sample rate. Note that a one-time data reset will occur for any previously learned noise profiles. We apologize for the inconvenience
Additional Schedule Helper Improvements:
- The Schedule Helper tool has been updated to version 2.0.2, to fix issues with waking from sleep. If you use Timers in Audio Hijack, update Schedule Helper from the Audio Hijack menu
- Several small issues related to the handling of various windows have been fixed. Windows once again properly come forward when switching to Audio Hijack, and the behavior of pinned popovers is once again correct
- An issue where the Quick Tour wouldn't appear at the correct size has been fixed
Audio Hijack 3.6.1
- Schedule Helper Fixes: Schedule Helper has been fixed to no longer incorrectly require so much authentication
- Further improvements have been made to the tracking of USB audio devices
- Some improvements have been made to the new Denoise block, to make its “Active” light is more helpful
- A possible crash which could occur when the recording folder was missing has been fixed
- Several additional improvements have been made, including small VoiceOver fixes, a refactoring of the Wizard window, and more
Audio Hijack 3.6.0
- Audio Hijack's tracking of physical input and output devices has been overhauled and dramatically improved. It will now better handle issues caused by many USB audio devices. Audio Hijack will automatically track devices across restarts and between ports on your computer, so fewer adjustments are necessary
- The Source selector, found in the Application input block, has been updated and improved. It's now easier to capture audio from the Finder and Text to Speech, with the new “Special Sources” section of the Source selector. Other minor interface improvements have been made as well
- Audio Hijack now has preliminary compatibility with MacOS 10.15 (Catalina)
- The backend Audio Capture Engine (ACE) has been updated to 11.0.1, with preliminary MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) compatibility, as well as other fixes and improvements. ACE is now required to use Audio Hijack. If it is not currently installed, you'll be prompted to install it at launch
- On MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) and higher, Audio Hijack now offers general Dark Mode support on windows throughout the app
- The Declick, Dehum, and Denoise plugins have been overhauled and modernized. The new versions of these blocks can now be found in the Advanced section of the block library. For more details, see the “Advanced Blocks” section of the manual
- Auto-splitting files based on time now has millisecond precision, so splits are much more precise
- When adjusting an Input or Output Device block that is in an error state because a device has disappeared, changes made will now immediately take effect, even if the session is actively running
- The buffer size used while recording has been increased, to prevent very rare cases where an over-stressed machine (or disk) could drop audio. If an error does still occur, it will now be logged
- The Application source block now better handles applications with unconventional application names
- An improvement has been made for session names imported from the old Audio Hijack Pro
- The Broadcast block has been updated to plug a memory leak, and save CPU by doing smarter time formatting
- Updates have been made to track titles used by the Broadcast block, to fix a bug where large image art captured by the Track Title system in the Broadcast block could cause audio drop outs, and better capture metadata by using a separate process
- Audio Hijack works to properly handle third-party Audio Unit plugins on Catalina. Apple now requires third-party Audio Unit plugins to be properly signed and notarized, causing many older plugins to fail to load on Catalina. The developers of these individual plugins will need to issue properly signed updates to their plugins
- Audio Hijack now requires MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) or higher. If you're still on 10.11 (or lower), be sure to see our Legacy page
- Audio Hijack's Help menu now includes a useful new Release Notes window, so you can see changes across all versions from right inside the app
- On Catalina, Audio Hijack works to replace the now-defunct iTunes with the new Music.app in all relevant places
- Audio Hijack's Preferences window has been updated for consistency across all Rogue Amoeba apps
- A new wizard has been added to Audio Hijack for installing, updating, and removing ACE (among other things). It includes the “Quick Tour” to provide a helpful overview of the application. It will also present update notes on the first launch of a new version, and intelligently warn if uninstalling ACE will impact other applications
- Audio Hijack's help manual has been improved and streamlined
- The look of messages displayed by Audio Hijack has been modernized
- The About box has been updated to provide additional version information in an easy-to-read fashion
- Audio Hijack now has two one-shot notices for a sub-set of older users. On first launch, users on Catalina who have active third-party Audio Units will receive one notice, while users on any OS with active Declick, Dehum, or Denoise blocks will receive another
- The “old-style hijacker” option has been removed from Audio Hijack's Hidden Preferences
Audio Hijack 3.5.7
- Audio Capture Engine (ACE) has been updated to 10.0.1, for the most robust and reliable audio capture.
- The Menu Bar Meters block will now work as expected, with meters coming and going correctly.
- Several issues with audio playback in the Recordings tab have been corrected, including proper playback of high sample rate files, lower CPU usage, fixed memory leaks and a crash avoided.
- The Control menu no longer incorrectly displays both portions of a toggle option at the same time, and the menu items now work regardless of the Session window's selection state.
- A small improvement was made to the audio resampler.
- A rare problem with writing certain ALAC files has been corrected.
- A very rare crash sometimes triggered by splitting then stopping a recording is no more. It has ceased to be.
- Many other minor improvements and refinements have been made.
Audio Hijack 3.5.6
- Major Enhancement: Audio Capture Engine (ACE) has been updated to 9.1.4, with improvements to audio capture of OBS and Twitch, as well as other small fixes
- Enhancement: The display of audio devices has been improved, now avoiding unnecessarily repetitive names
- Enhancement: The 10 Band EQ has been improved, with markings that are accurate across all input sample rates, as well as reduced frequency rolloff
- Enhancement: Several minor improvements and optimizations have been made to file playback in the Recordings tab
- Enhancement: Improvements have been made to the Broadcast blocks track title system
- Bug Fix: The interface now updates correctly in all cases when hotkeys for Time Shift block are used
- Bug Fix: Audio playback in the Recordings tab once again properly uses the selected output device's default stereo pair, fixing a regression
- Bug Fix: A small improvement has been made to logging for timed recordings
- Bug Fix: An issue where the Recordings tab was erroneously referred to as the “Recordings Bin” has been fixed
- Other: The support form in Audio Hijack's Help menu has been updated
- Other: The order of recording formats in the Recorder block has been adjusted, placing AAC at the top, and moving AIFF to the bottom along with WAV
Audio Hijack 3.5.5
- Major Enhancement: Audio Capture Engine (ACE) has been updated to 9.1.2, with MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) compatibility and a fix for capturing audio from Voice Memos and other ports from iOS to Mac (“Marzipan” apps)
- Enhancement: Backend changes have been made to many small pieces of Audio Hijack, which should improve its longevity
- Bug Fix: Audio Hijack now better handles error reporting when attempting to capture from apps which require the ACE extra
- Bug Fix: VoiceOver has been updated to work around a change Apple made on MacOS 10.14. Menu items will again properly reflect the most recent action taken
- Bug Fix: Option-return now correctly places a newline in the Comments field when editing tags in the Recordings tab
- Bug Fix: A cosmetic issue which could occur when restoring or duplicating blocks has been corrected
Audio Hijack 3.5.4
- Major Enhancement: Audio Capture Engine (ACE) has been updated to 9.1.1, with MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) compatibility
- Major Enhancement: Audio Hijack now has full VoIP capture support for “Linphone”
- Enhancement: Changes made by Spotify have led to ACE being required to capture audio from the Spotify app. Audio Hijack now alerts the user to this requirement when necessary
- Enhancement: Several small VoiceOver refinements have been made
- Bug Fix: Some fields incorrectly allowed line breaks. Now, they do not
- Bug Fix: Small corrections have been made for UI issues when blocks are off, and other minor interface tweaks have been made. As well, CPU usage has been improved when moving blocks within a session
- Other: Audio Hijack now has compatibility with MacOS 10.14 (Mojave)
- Other: Audio Hijack now requires MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher
Audio Hijack 3.5.3
- Major Enhancement: The Broadcast block now offers presets for MP3 and AAC streaming, as well as fully customizable setups via the powerful new advanced encoding options
- Critical Bug Fix: Block presets will again save for all relevant blocks and all users
- Enhancement: Various interface improvements have been made, including properly Retina-izing the tag icon seen in the Broadcast block's popover
- Bug Fix: A rare issue where crackly AAC streaming could occur due to sample rate issues has been corrected
Audio Hijack 3.5.2
- Major Enhancement: When a server issue occurs after the successful start of a stream, the Broadcast block will re-try its connection for up to 10 minutes
- Critical Bug Fix: Several misbehaviors in the Switch block have been corrected
- Enhancement: The Broadcast block can now read metadata from a text file. See this link for more details
- Bug Fix: Station logos are now properly saved in presets
- Other: Improvements have been made to various error messages
Audio Hijack 3.5.1
- Critical Bug Fix: The Broadcast block now properly sends track titles to all server types, including Shoutcast 1.
- Critical Bug Fix: The Broadcast block's support for Icecast 2 servers has been adjusted and improved, to work better with hosts including Spreaker.com, Live 365, and more.
- Enhancement: The Broadcast block now properly supports fully manual track title information (in addition to automatic track titles pulled from supported sources). Text entered in the “Title Format” field will now be properly embedded in the stream for listeners to see, so broadcasters can manually add now playing information on the fly.
- Enhancement: A default station name is now provided by the Broadcast block, based on the logged-in user's name.
- Enhancement: The Broadcast block's “Track Titles” source can now be reset, by selecting the “No Source” option.
- Enhancement: When album artwork data is available, the Broadcast block now properly sends it to Shoutcast 2 servers. Shoutcast 1 and Icecast 2 servers don't support album artwork.
- Bug Fix: The Input Switch block is now correctly initialized with the “A” source active.
- Bug Fix: The “Host Name” field in the Broadcast block has been renamed to “Server Address”, to reduce confusion.
- Bug Fix: The Broadcast block's Station Logo field is now hidden when not streaming to a Shoutcast 2 server, as other server types don't support receiving station artwork.
- Other: A separate “Broadcast” log has been added to Audio Hijack's Debugging window.
- Other: Due to issues with problematic servers, the Broadcast block's “Auto Detect” option for Server Type has been removed. Existing setups will be switched to a fixed server type; users should verify this change.
Audio Hijack 3.5.0
- Audio Hijack now offers a brand-new Broadcast output block. With Broadcast, you can stream to an internet radio server in MP3 or AAC formats. It's perfect for running livecasts of podcast recordings, as well as powering internet radio streams, and livestreaming DJ sets
- Audio Hijack also has a new Input Switch block, which allows you to toggle between two different audio sources with a quick click
- The Template Chooser now includes a new “Internet Radio” template, perfect for getting started broadcasting audio with Audio Hijack
- The Audio Capture Engine (ACE) has been updated to 9.0.4, which includes several small improvements
Audio Hijack 3.3.8
- Major Enhancement: Audio Capture Engine (ACE) has been updated to 9.0.2, to fix several small issues related to installation
- Enhancement: Audio Hijack now works around device visibility issues caused by incorrect behavior seen in apps such Boom
- Enhancement: Audio Hijack's MP3 encoder (LAME) has been updated to version 3.100
- Bug Fix: The Preferences window has been updated for improved VoiceOver compatibility
- Other: A second update to License window has been made
Audio Hijack 3.3.7
- Major Enhancement: Audio Capture Engine (ACE) is the new name for Rogue Amoeba's audio capture backend (formerly called “Instant On”). ACE has been updated to version 9.0, with several small fixes and improvements
- Enhancement: VoIP support for GoToMeeting has been updated to support all versions, including new versions from LogMeIn
- Enhancement: Improvements have been made to Audio Hijack's FLAC recording
- Other: The License window has been updated and improved
Audio Hijack 3.3.6
- Major Enhancement: Instant On has been updated to version 8.4.5, with important compatibility fixes for Skype 8, along with other small fixes
- Audio Hijack now has full VoIP capture support for Scopia Desktop and LINE
- Critical Bug Fix: Application audio capture will now always occur at the correct sample rate, rather than incorrectly defaulting to 44.1 kHz
- Bug Fix: Audio Hijack's updated audio capture engine now works as expected with single-site browser (SSB) apps such as those made by Epichrome
- Bug Fix: The “Limit Audio Capture To” option in the Application Source block now behaves as expected for all apps, including VoIP apps
- Bug Fix: A rare crash which could occur when deleting an active Recorder block has now been corrected
- Bug Fix: The minimum sample rate for 320 kbps AAC has been corrected to match AAC specifications
- Bug Fix: Audio Hijack can once again launch Plex Media Player as expected
- Bug Fix: Audio capture now works as expected when a device with very high sample rates (above 192 kHz) is in use
- Bug Fix: Audio playback with single-channel devices has been corrected to properly provide both channels
- Other: Audio Hijack now has full compatibility with MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
Audio Hijack 3.3.5
- Major Enhancement: Instant On has been updated to version 8.4.4, with important crash fixes for MacOS 10.13. There are also improvements to audio capture from VMWare Fusion, FaceTime, and Flash running in Safari
- Major Enhancement: “Microsoft Teams” is now supported as a VoIP input source
- Enhancement: Meters throughout Audio Hijack have been improved to use less CPU
- Enhancements: Important improvements have been made to improve the way Audio Hijack behaves for VoiceOver users
- Bug Fix: Multiple improvements have been made to timers, as part of a never-ending quest to ensure their reliability
- Other: Many small improvements have been added to make reading the Help manual easier
- Other: Visual and reliability improvements have been made to our Extras installer window
- Other: Audio Hijack now has (extremely) preliminary compatibility with MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra). We still recommend users stick with a fully supported version of MacOS for now
- Other: Audio Hijack now requires MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or higher. If you're still on 10.9 (or lower), be sure to see our Legacy page
Audio Hijack 3.3.4
- Enhancement: “Cisco Jabber” is now supported as a VoIP input source
- Other: This version temporarily reverts an update to the audio capture backend which was part of Audio Hijack 3.3.3. The updated capture method requires a bit more time and testing
Audio Hijack 3.3.3
- Major Enhancement: Instant On has been updated to version 8.4.2, with full support for MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) and other small improvements
- Critical Bug Fix: Schedule Helper has been updated to version 2.0.1, and can be updated in the “Install Extras” window. Schedule Helper's backend ScheduledWakeTool, which is used to wake the Mac for scheduled sessions, was updated to workaround issues caused by MacOS 10.12 (Sierra)
- Enhancement: “Amazon Chime”, “Skype for Business”, “QQ”, and “WeChat” are all now supported as VoIP input sources
- Enhancement: The audio capture backend has been updated to be more robust, and this new style capture is now used by default when Instant On is installed. Users shouldn't notice any changes
- Bug Fix: The “Hide Library” button now shows a proper state
- Bug Fix: Audio Hijack now reopens windows on the correct screen when multiple screens are connected to your Mac
- Other: Many other small improvements, enhancements, and fixes have been made
Audio Hijack 3.3.2
- Critical Bug Fix: We've corrected an issue where deleting blocks on MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) could cause an exception in Core Animation and leave the UI in an inconsistent state until relaunched.
- Enhancement: The “Avaya Spark” app is now supported as a VoIP input source.
- Enhancement: Audio Hijack now better shows when an audio device has gone missing.
- Enhancement: Several minor corrections have been made for the “Install Extras” window when using Full Keyboard Access.
- Bug Fix: The left and right arrows again work to navigate in the Sessions tab.
- Bug Fix: A VoiceOver-related crash on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) has been fixed. along with an issue where VoiceOver users couldn't edit tags in the Recordings tab.
- Bug Fix: Adjustments have been made to enable FaceTime to be captured on MacOS 10.12 (Sierra).
- Other: Due to changes in iTunes 12.5, Audio Hijack now requires Instant On to capture audio from iTunes, and will prompt the user if needed.
- Fixed a VoiceOver bug: Was crashing on 10.9 when attempting to interact with a recording or schedule timer.
Audio Hijack 3.3.1
- Major Enhancement: Instant On has been updated to version 8.3, with preliminary support for MacOS 10.12 (Sierra).
- Minor Enhancement: The “Install Extras” window has been modernized.
- Bug Fix: Timer conflict detection has been revised and no longer incorrectly identifies conflicts between unrelated Sessions.
- Bug Fix: An issue where iTunes couldn’t successfully edit tags in newly recorded .mp4 files has been worked around.
- Bug Fix: VoiceOver users can now properly access the expanded contents of recordings and timers.
- Bug Fix: A rare crash which could occur with Audio Units from IK Multimedia has been fixed.
- Other: Several other small improvements are included.
Audio Hijack 3.3.0
- Major Enhancement: It's now possible for advanced users to lower audio processing latency! The new latency slider in Audio Hijack's preferences can be adjusted to reduce or remove any slight echoing you may hear while monitoring audio flow through Audio Hijack.
- Major Enhancement: Audio Hijack now offers safer recording for AAC and Apple Lossless (ALAC) files, to avoid any loss of audio in the event of an issue. There are now two different “Container” options. The new .mp4 is recommended, but the older .m4a option remains available.
- Major Enhancement: Capturing audio from the Slack application is now fully supported when Instant On is installed.
- Major Enhancement: The Instant On component has been updated to version 8.2.6, with a plethora of small fixes and improvements.
- Enhancement: The Menu Bar Meters block now has proper Retina art in the menu bar. Our long, blurry nightmare is finally over. As well, the desired meter type is now correctly saved.
- Enhancement: Files in the Recordings tab can now be right-clicked to access a contextual menu, offering controls for manipulating the recording.
- Enhancement: The Schedule area of the Home window will now visually indicate when conflicts exist between timers.
- Enhancement: The Time Shift block has been improved in several ways, fixing a display issue with large jumps, providing a better VoiceOver value, and improving the explanatory text.
- Enhancement: The default quality levels have been improved for both MP3 and AAC recordings.
- Enhancement: Presets for several blocks have been improved to save additional settings, including saving album art as part of Recorder block presets, saving all settings in the Application source block, and saving the specified channels in an Output block.
- Enhancement: When an audio device's name changes, Audio Hijack will immediately reflect the new name.
- Enhancement: A selected item in the Recordings area will now collapse if multiple files are selected. As well, Recordings (and Timers in the Schedule tab) will toggle between expanded and collapsed when clicked, as well as with the left and right arrow keys.
- Enhancement: Audio Hijack can convert .mp4 files to .m4a, for compatibility purposes. To access the conversion option, right-click the file in the Recordings area.
- Enhancement: VoiceOver improvements! When VoiceOver is active, a “Pin Popover Open” option is added to contextual menus for blocks. The popover window's role has also been adjusted, so popovers appear in VoiceOver's ‘Window Chooser'. Finally, labels for the “Close” and “Pin” buttons in popovers have been improved.
- Enhancement: AirPlay output device name changes are now better recognized, and a better title (“No AirPlay Receiver Selected”) is shown if AirPlay doesn't have a destination set.
- Bug Fix: The display of app names for background processes (accessible by holding option while clicking the Source select in an Application block) has been improved.
- Bug Fix: An issue where HE-AAC files could suffer from slow playback in the Recordings tab has been corrected.
- Bug Fix: The low-end Hz frequency readouts for the DeHum, Low Pass, and Mono Enhancer blocks no longer incorrectly round to the nearest 10 Hz.
- Bug Fix: A recursion where tokens in Recorder fields could refer back to one another and cause an infinite loop has been fixed.
- Bug Fix: A crash which could be caused by malformed ID3 tags has been corrected.
- Bug Fix: An issue where incompletely loaded windows could appear when importing a Session has been corrected.
- Other: Audio Hijack now better conveys why there's a delay if AAC files are finalized on quit.
- Other: Many smaller improvements have also been made, including better trial warning text in the Session's LCD, limiting the dimensions of saved album art (900x900px), cosmetic improvements to the Recordings tab, cosmetic improvements for missing audio devices, revised art for missing inputs, improved handling of playback via spacebar in the Recordings area, and improved popover placement near the menu bar.