My Macs have been home to audio recording apps since back in the last century. Today, a new Mac is a powerhouse of multimedia audio and video recording. Garageband can record multiple tracks of audio from nearly any source, and even adds multitrack sweetening capability to movie tracks.
If you need recording beyond Garageband, Apple offers Logic Pro, an audio recording app so sophisticated its used by professional recording studios and movie production. Garageband is free with a new Mac. Logic Pro is remarkably inexpensive considering the capability.
So, what is wrong with all the audio recording apps on the Mac App Store?
My Mac is home to a dozen audio recording and enhancement apps. I’ve cherry picked the Mac App Store and bought Amadeus Pro and a few others, but most don’t bring much that’s worthy.
$30 gets you Boilsoft Audio Recorder for the Mac. It records audio from a microphone, a CD, in-line devices to your Mac, and even other apps, and in a few audio file formats not typical for QuickTime or other Apple audio recording apps (OGG for example).
What does $30 get you? Not five stars. Not four stars. Not three stars. Four times as many one star reviews as two star reviews on the Mac App Store.
$10 gets you eXtra Voice Recorder (a Lite version is free). It’s a simple audio recorder and audio file manager that sits in the Mac’s Menubar and is excellent for audio notes. It’s starts recording with a click. You can mark important parts of a recording. Even pause and continue to record. And it saves audio files to Dropbox so they can be shared or used on other devices.
KVLT Audio Recorder is decent for the same price. It even creates iPhone ringtones.
One of my favorites is TapeDeck. The visual is self explanatory.
The faithful rendering of an old fashioned cassette tape deck is admirable. But there’s a whole generation (about 30 and under) that don’t know what a cassette tape recorder is. Tape?
AudioNote is a great audio recorder and note pad. Take notes while the app records a meeting or lecture. I wish I’d had something like this in college.
Boom Recorder Pro will set you back about $250. It can record up to 256 audio channels. Not surprisingly, there are no reviews to date on the Mac App Store.
TwistedWave is an audio recorder editor with a hefty price tag. It supports Apple’s Audio Units and VST plug-ins.
The truth is this. There are few excellent audio recorder apps in the Mac App Store. Those that are, like Amadeus Pro, are superb. Most of the inexpensive recording apps simply take advantage of Apple’s built-in audio recording capability in OS X and don’t bring much additional functionality to the game.