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Help with GarageBand and WireTap

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Foodsman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 20, 2013 9:29 AM

The more I've used GarageBand the more I recognize it for the exceptional product it is.  I recently came upon a product that maybe some of you are using called WireTap.  Can you tell me what WireTap does that GarageBand doesn't and/or where you would use WireTap, in other words, where it does a better job than GarageBand for specific things?


What I'm trying to figure out is why you would need both products and how they differ?


Thanks a lot,



GarageBand (Mac) '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to Foodsman)

    WireTap Pro used to be a software with mainly one purpose: record the audio output of any software running on your Mac to an audio file (something that GB can't.) Now it's called WireTap Studio, and it's a full-fledged audio recorder and editor - still something very different from GB, since it doesn't have the whole midi side of things ("software instruments" in GB), i.e. you can't create music with it. And I'm reading on the website "Per-application recording is not yet available on MacOS X 10.7 or later. We're working on it!" - as I interpret this, WireTap doesn't do it's original job on Macs with the latest OS versions.


    Bottom line - it's an audio editor, something you can get for free these days (Audacity, e.g.).


    (I'm not using the software. So if there's someone that does and can confirm that I'm doing the program injustice - please come forward!)

  • Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 9:41 AM (in response to Foodsman)

    I was beta tester for WireTap Anywhere and know a little bit about the app.

    WireTap from Ambrosia Software comes in two flavors, "WireTap Studio" and WireTap Anywhere". They are more like audio utility application like "Audio Hijack" (another great app) which provide features and functionality that are not available in OSX.

    GarageBand is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) like Logic and ProTools, a different kind of app.


    I used WireTap Anywhere with Logic as a plugin (one of the first 64bit AU plugins available). You could route the audio output of any app (i.e.Safari, iTunes) directly into Logic and record it. Or tap the audio in and out of any connected hardware audio interface and route it to Logic to record a skype phone call for example. WireTap Studio has a few "DAW-like" features to record and edit audio but for specific purposes and is not an all around multitrack recorder/sequencer.





    GarageBand supports AU plugins so you could use it, but there is one catch. OSX Lion changed the underlying code that WireTap was based on.  Starting with Lion, the OSX code imposed some major restrictions how applications can communicate with other applications "under the hood".

    Until today the developers haven't figured out how to come up with a solution for that lock-down to provide the same pre-Lion functionality for WireTap. Too bad.



    Hope that helps


    Edgar Rothermich

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  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 12:18 PM (in response to Foodsman)

    GarageBand can not record the internal audio of other applications. What I'm guessing is that you played the iTunes song through your speakers and recorded the speakers' sound with the internal mic in GB. No wonder it sounds tinny!

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:07 PM (in response to Foodsman)

    To capture the sound of any other application I like to use Audio Hijack - it is very convenient and easy to use. To record Intenet radio stations is Radio Shift quite nice.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 12:27 AM (in response to Foodsman)

    I also found that Radio Shift is no longer in development and is no longer available.

    That is a pity . I just got it last year, so I guess I was lucky.

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 1:06 AM (in response to léonie)

    I also recommend Audio Hijack, it does exactly what it's supposed to do.

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 6:50 AM (in response to Foodsman)

    Foodsman wrote:


    Thanks guys, you're the best...


    In a different post I asked where I can find the loops I made and was told; "Library/Audio/Apple Loops/User Loops".


    the correct location is "~/Library..." in your Home directory:


    (Let the page FULLY load. The link to your answer is at the top of your screen)

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 7:22 AM (in response to Foodsman)

    Foodsman wrote:


    I do a search for Home Directory and come up with nothing.


    your "home" directory is where all your personal files and folder are stored (music, pictures, movies, etc).


    it is usually your name. in Finder you should be able to click the "home" icon in any Finder window sidebar

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