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Leawo Music Recorder for Mac

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Leawo Music Recorder is an app for OS X that allows you to convert your computer into a recording machine, taking inputs from any connected devices, the built-in microphone, or even the system audio. While we liked the concept, we found some flaws in the execution.

The Leawo Music Recorder interface is clean, and it's easy to get started, with the prominent red Record button at the top. Beneath that, the left pane holds a list of your recordings, and the right pane is used for prompts and a graphic animation that shows when recording is under way. It's a simple process to select your input device and start recording. Whatever you record is saved to a file, and it's just as easy to select and play back anything you record. You can add tracks to iTunes or an app playlist with one click, but you can't edit the tracks once recorded.

Leawo also gives you the capability to schedule recordings; simply set a start and end time while your favorite streaming-radio program is running to keep a copy for yourself. In addition to recording direct line inputs, Leawo lets you record computer audio directly, which we found to be a fairly useful feature.

There were some glaring problems with some of the automated labeling: when recording system audio, Leawo Music Recorder attempts to identify and automatically label the audio clip as a "song" via automated scan, and given unfamiliar input it may choose something unrelated, complete with album art. While the performance was commendable for trying, we can imagine that having to always fix incorrect labels will quickly get tiring in the long run. We get the impression that Leawo Software assumed its users only wanted to use this app for music.

While the program was very easy to use, we did wish for a Help file or other user guidance as opposed to just a link to a Web site. We had some problems with feedback that required frequent adjustments to the microphones and speaker positions, and some assistance from the publisher might have addressed our problems with the setup of the audio components. Though this could also be attributed to our unique testing setups, having a separate help doc for offline use could have been useful.

Leawo Music Recorder seems targeted more at the hobbyist or person wanting to record from the built-in mic. It was easy to use, but the lack of playback editing or any other way to change recorded tracks limits its usefulness. There are more robust recording programs on the market that offer more guidance for the user and more consistent quality of output.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "quite useful music recording app"

    March 6, 2014  |   By Conor_Smith

    Version: Leawo Music Recorder 1.1.2

    Pros

    Really record music from YouTube, Facebook, and some FM stations like Last.FM, etc.
    The auto fliter and spliter are quite nice.
    Quality is satisfactory.
    Quite easy to use.

    Cons

    The recorded audios from external computer is not that clear as computer audio. There exists noise in the so called built-in audio.

    Summary

    This app is really great in getting some wonderful music from some FM stations. Satisfied with the recorded music files.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "i like this, it brings me multiple free music"

    February 9, 2014  |   By AlexLin963

    Version: Leawo Music Recorder 1.1.2

    Pros

    the most attractive point of this music recorder is that i could use it to record any sound online as i like for free, especially some music radio stations. there're a lot of wonderful songs on these radio stations but i had no way to get them. now i could use this to record. i needn't spend extra money on purchasing songs. that's wonderful.

    Cons

    the background database should be more powerful. some songs i recorded are not recognized. also, if the company could add a download function, through which users could download complete songs for uncompleted recordings, i think it would be more popular.

    Summary

    nice program. i like it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Quite nice software to record music"

    December 10, 2013  |   By Damon982

    Version: Leawo Music Recorder 1.1.2

    Pros

    1. Record YouTube music and other online music well.
    2. Quality is good, no noise.Sound is quite clear.
    3. easy to use
    4. small sized

    Cons

    not found yet.

    Summary

    This music recording software is quite good and cost effective, worthy of trying.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Perfect music recorder for OS X"

    August 19, 2013  |   By nancyluo

    Version: Leawo Music Recorder 1.1.2

    Pros

    This smash hit program not only perform as good online audio recording software that could record audio of various online music sources like YouTube, AOL Music, BBC Radio Audio, iTunes Radio, Last.fm, etc, it will record Mic audio and other built-in input audio stream. Apart from that, it will assist music lovers to set recording start time and recording duration with user-friendly built-in recording Task Scheduler.

    Cons

    if record music from the middle, it may fail in getting music tags like album, album cover, artist and music title to the recordings.

    Summary

    Good music recoder

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing, Got my favorite Music With the software"

    July 26, 2013  |   By Monia1234

    Version: Leawo Music Recorder 1.1.2

    Pros

    I like music and I always download free music online,but one thing that really make me depressed is that I cannot download the hot and popular music on time.

    One of my friend recommended me this software, I tried it and it is really great to get the hot and popular music from the online streaming music source.

    Very happy about it.Very easy to use.

    Cons

    Aha, seems not to find at the moment.

    Summary

    It is really great to get the hot music freely.If you are a music fan, then take it and you will not be disappointed.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love this software so much for my Mac!"

    June 20, 2013  |   By jolinwebb

    Version: Leawo Music Recorder 1.1.2

    Pros

    Have to say its interface is nice and easy-to-use.
    Good to know there is a very affordable legal way to save music for my own personal use. Before, I found this software, I was easily spending a lot of money every week on Amazon mp3 downloads just to have them for my iPod. Now I have the Leawo Music recorder for Mac, I can get free music at any time.

    Cons

    a little noise.

    Summary

    Absolutely Amazing!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Get Free Online Music on Mac, can import to iTunes"

    June 5, 2013  |   By Rosejerry

    Version: Leawo Music Recorder 1.1.2

    Pros

    Record the music from youtube,myspace and any online streaming music sources Freely on Mac.
    Recorded music is safe and in high quality just like the downloaded one.
    Have the function of getting the music tags including cover,artist and more.
    One click to transfer to iTunes so that enjoy the songs on iphone, ipad or ipod.

    Cons

    Don't have the mobile version so you need to use the Mac to record music rather than directly record music on the mobile device.

    Summary

    It is a very useful mac tool to get our favorite songs or the song on the radio freely without paying. Also the price is good.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works very well, unless the Mac App Store version"

    April 21, 2013  |   By Devin_Tsang

    Version: Leawo Music Recorder 1.1.2

    Pros

    Only for the program downloaded from Leawo website:
    Record audios smoothly; nearly all audios could be recorded; the recorded audios are in good quality and very clear; the music tags like artist and album are automatically added to most recorded audios after recording, this is very nice; the audio playback is nice, I can classify different recordings; the last one, cheap.

    Cons

    It's very strange. The program I downloaded from Leawo website could record computer audios freely. But the Mac App Store version couldn't record the computer audios, even I installed the Leawo Audio Device plug-in.Confused.

    Summary

    Personally think this tool is still ok, at least no other competitive apps currently at the same price level. But if Leawo could optimize its Mac App Store version, it might get better.

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