WireTap Studio for Mac - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

WireTap Studio for Mac

CNET Editors' review

WireTap Studio is an excellent, relatively inexpensive audio-capture tool that can help you record, edit, and export any audio on your Mac, whether from your overall system audio, a specific app (like Skype or iTunes), or even an external microphone.

For simple tasks, like recording an iChat conversation, you can access many of WireTap Studio's features directly from its streamlined Controller window--including a very cool Live Preview, which lets you hear what your audio will sound like before you start recording (even as you switch formats, compression rates, and more, on the fly). The rest of WireTap Studio's interface is also reassuringly straightforward, with handy (if not professional-grade) tools for editing, and a lossless editing environment; so if you cut or reduce the bit rate of a recording, it's easy to go back and change your mind later.

With extras like video tutorials, drag-and-drop exporting, scheduling (WireTap Studio will even wake or turn on your Mac), and the ability to record from two sources at once, WireTap Studio is a solid app and a good value.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • MediaHuman YouTube ...
    Save YouTube and Vimeo videos in MP3 format.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • VLC Media Player
    Play nearly any audio or video file without additional codecs.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Apple iTunes
    Manage your music and movie libraries on your Mac, iPod, iPhone...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • VirtualDJ Home
    Mix, scratch and remix MP3s or music videos live.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • MacTubes
    YouTube video player and downloader.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Audio Hijack Pro
    Add DSP effects to any Mac app with audio content.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Switch Audio File C...
    Switch Mac audio file format converter. Convert between over 40...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • HandBrake
    Universal, highly tweakable DVD/video ripper and converter.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Free WMA to MP3 Cha...
    Convert WMA, WMV files to MP3 format.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • All2MP3
    Convert MPC, APE, WV, FLAC, OGG, WMA, AIFF, WAV and Video to MP...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • RealPlayer SP
    Download videos and transfer to mobile devices.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • NoteAbilityPro
    Music notation with MIDI input & part extraction.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Radiologik Schedule...
    Scheduling component for Radiologik DJ.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Apple GarageBand
    Learn to play an instrument, write music, record a song.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Kinemac
    3D real-time animation software.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Radiologik DJ
    Automated radio DJ assistant.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Apple Logic Pro X
    Music creation and audio production.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • LittleSnapper
    Capture snaps of entire webpages, as well as areas of your scre...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Dicompla
    Create multilayer audio loops with adjustments and effects.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • BoinxTV
    Live production software for video podcasters.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Disco XT DJ
    Mix the music.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • SousChef
    Cook, from start to finish.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • 4Media Audio Conver...
    Format conversion between various audios for meeting diversifie...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Apowersoft Mac Audi...
    Record any sound playing through sound card, microphone, or bot...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
All User Reviews

Results 1-10 of 10

  • 3.0 stars

    "Used to be good. Not compatible with Mountain lion"

    August 10, 2012  |   By xenos23

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.2.0

    Pros

    Clean UI - Easy To use.

    Cons

    No longer compatible with the latest version of OS X.

    Summary

    I used to use this app almost daily. The simple and easily understandable UI made it SO easy to record any audio. Some functionality was lost in Lion, and now in Mountain Lion, it crashes the whole system. Too bad they didn't keep it up to date. I use Audio Hijack Pro now - I works great with 10.8.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple to Use & Does What I Need"

    June 25, 2011  |   By wrbtu

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.1.1

    Pros

    Very easy to use
    Works perfectly
    Send files to iTunes with the click of one button
    Very Responsive customer service

    Cons

    no cons for me

    Summary

    I was looking for a simple-to-use program to do a simple task: the ability to record anything I heard through my speakers. I spent hours researching different programs, & narrowed it down to three "finalists". They were Audacity, Audio Hijack, & WireTap Studio.

    I already had Audacity, but downloaded the latest version (free). It was easy to use, did a thousand things I don't need, & the price was right. Only one problem-all the recordings sounded like they were made in a garbage can, tinny reverb, etc. Maybe I could have changed settings (I tried several, nothing worked), then gave up; I'm not looking to experiment & get fancy, just record what I hear the way I hear it.

    Next, I tried Audio Hijack. This program worked very well, & I was ready to buy it, until I read that I needed to change my Safari sample bit setting to 32 bit. Again, I'm not looking to change anything, & try to remember to change it back again (or not), so that was eliminated.

    Finally, I went to WireTap Studio. I must admit that I'm a long-time fan of Ambrosia, back to the days when they were the only way to do a screen/object/selection copy/print on the Mac. WireTap Studio proved to be real simple to use, & real simple to send a file to iTunes. I don't need it to edit sound files (I already do that with WavePad or SoundSoap). With WireTap Studio, there are no Safari settings to change, & most importantly, WHAT-YOU-HEAR-IS-WHAT-YOU-GET, no tinny sound distortions here.

    I bought WireTap Studio & have used it quite a bit, & I'm totally satisfied with it.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 1.0 stars

    "Exporting doesn't work -- they don't offer refunds"

    May 2, 2011  |   By jasonmvictor

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.1.1

    Pros

    Very advanced and easy to use for recording any sound source quickly. The editor supports a "scrubbing" feature to help you select the sound you want.

    Cons

    If you're looking for "radio tivo" this isn't it. The scheduler is lacking in features (weekdays instead of every day, for example), and the biggest bug is that exporting to iTunes, just doesn't work, and is a manual process.

    Summary

    When I explained this to the support staff, stating that I would be uninstalling and wanted my money back (on the same date as the purchase), they refused, stating that the free trial should have given me enough time. So be very careful before jumping in with both feet as I have done.

    Perhaps in the future, if they add these simple features in, it would make more sense to buy, but until they do, it's still not quite fully baked.

    For an alternative, try "Audio Hijack Pro." I admit, I haven't tried it, but the features I'm looking for are advertised on their site.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Good recorder for"

    May 17, 2010  |   By benedictgunter

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.1.0

    Pros

    Very simple usage

    Cons

    nothing annoying

    Summary

    It's smart and easy interface and options makes it great and simple for using. I want to use only this tool for recording audio on my mac.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Recorder"

    May 14, 2010  |   By kopyritte

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.1.0

    Pros

    Its excellent and can record from any source possible.

    Cons

    The mic icon when its recording can get annoying cause you cant hide it.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

    "It's a savvy application I can't do without."

    December 11, 2009  |   By jcohn

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.1.0

    Pros

    I was using WireTap Pro, and really liked it. When I went to Leopard, I upgraded to Wiretap Studio. Of the various features that are new, I like the ability to pick the input source which could be an individual application.

    Cons

    I'm not in love with the editor. I actually prefer Audacity. For me, it's annoying to have to save the files to disk. I'd prefer to bypass WireTap Studio and just have the file sent directly to Audacity - like it was previously.

    Summary

    To my own preferences and work style, i's better in some ways, not so much in others. But the nutshell is that it's still an invaluable tool that I don't want to be without. I personally think the Library interface could be improved upon. Perhaps I've got an idea or two. But the bottom line is that even with my personal clash, I'll still give it a five.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 4.0 stars

    "Works Very Well although infrequent user"

    December 6, 2009  |   By seakwerk

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.1.0

    Pros

    Very simple to learn ...audio professionals will find it a snap

    Cons

    5 star worthy gets 4 as price a bit steep

    Summary

    I have not used enough to honestly speak to its overall reliability.
    IMHO in theory it uses the same conventions that are well proven system(core audio) most likely issues not be with WTS, likely more w/ 3rd party audio hardware drivers.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 4.0 stars

    "clear, easy and efficient"

    December 5, 2009  |   By roger.amade2

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.1.0

    Pros

    Its a real pleasure to work with this soft. It is small but great in efficiency, well interfaced with iTunes and so... And it works well: no freezes, no bugs.

    Cons

    Nothing wrong.

    Summary

    The same: Its a real pleasure to work with this soft. It is small but great in efficiency, well interfaced with iTunes and so... And it works well: no freezes, no bugs.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (2) (0)

  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says"

    October 19, 2009  |   By jimzim2714

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.0.12

    Pros

    Its easy to use.

    Cons

    Not as many features as Audio Hijaak Pro.

    Summary

    For quick and easy recording this works great. There are programs that have more tweaking available out there.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Efficient, simple, flexible good performer"

    October 1, 2009  |   By johnforse

    Version: WireTap Studio 1.0.12

    Pros

    The simplicity of it's interface, flexibility for recording storage and specification and the fact it is active immediately, no fitting it to a source first then re-booting it.

    Cons

    Nothing at all

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for WireTap Studio 1.2.1
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

See more CNET content tagged:

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for WireTap Studio

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

Installed

Smart Install
WireTap Studio for Mac