Record Audio Output from a Mac the Easy Way with WavTap
Recording audio playing out from a Mac isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but that’s exactly what WavTap aims to resolve with a remarkably simple menu bar item. It makes capturing a Macs audio output extremely simple, leaving you with an audio file that you can then. WavTap is also completely free, which makes it unique among similar OS X apps.
With WavTap, just pull down the menu, select “Start Recording”, and you’ll capture a .wav file of whatever audio is being played on the Mac, whether it’s from a podcast, live stream, video, iTunes, the source doesn’t matter, as long as it’s playing. Once you have the clip you want captured, select “Stop Recording”, and look on the desktop for the wav file. If you favor keyboard shortcuts instead, just hit Command+Control+Space to start and stop the audio capture.
For the most part, the simple app works as advertised, though the “Save Last 20 Seconds” option wasn’t as reliable in our testing. Another minor quirk you may run into is after finishing recording, where the system audio may seem to muted and unresponsive. If you find that to be the case, open System Preferences, choose “Sound”, and then select “Internal Speakers” from the device list. Flip over to the “Input” tab and select the Internal Microphone while you’re at it, or you may run into issues down the road when trying to Skype or FaceTime.
All in all, WavTap is much easier to use than the alternate free solutions out there like SoundFlower, though because the latter can also work as a system-wide equalizer it may make it a more suitable option for some audiophiles.
This great little app was found by LifeHacker