I’m getting prepped to do some upcoming audio interviews wia Skype or iChat A/V — I have a new iRiver mp3 recorder with a line in, and was fussing with hooking that up with a microphone to record me talking and external speakers for the interviewee… If I thought my previous iRiver had a confusing interface, the IFP-799 takes the confusion cake… the manual is 50+ pages, and there is a 10 layer deep sequence of obscure control settings. I am sure it will just take time, from a user design, it… well sucks. Someone please send the iRiver folks a palette of Donald Norman books please.

This contortion was because my previous attempts using WireTapPro were limited because you could only choose to record audio line in OR audio out, not both; doing so required a third LineIn mixing software that gave me grief. Since the software would not even launch, I checked the Ambrosia software web site and saw there is a new version, and YES! You can mix the channels! And you can have it autosave (last time I clicked Cancel instead of Save and lost the entire Amy Gahran recording), and it can automatically open the saved file in iTunes, where I guess you could podcast away with it.

I just did a quick test buggin D’Arcy Norman by audio iChat and the recording was excellent getting both my input and his output into one MP3 (it was just gibberish and not even worth publishing).

Anyhow, the $19 shareware for WireTapPro is looking like a worthy investment for doing all the recording on the Mac.

The post "Now Complete for Mac Audio Casting: WireTapPro" was originally rescued from the bottom of a stangant pond at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2005/07/wiretappro/) on July 21, 2005.

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