I sub your channel and love it. I’ve looked for but haven’t found a tutorial that might answer a very specific audio question. Which app might I use to break down a long audio file of many songs into separate, addressable songs? Background: I have many old homemade audio tapes of music by friends of mine. I have digitized them. But now I want to be able to select individual songs in order to make playlists to play on the LP-FM radio station I founded in my small, rural town. I’ve used Audacity and even FCP to break apart the long files, but this is very cumbersome and time-consuming. I’d bet you have a better idea, perhaps using a Rogue Amoeba app.
For this video I demoing an app currently under development called Camo from Reincubate. It’s a macOS app with a companion iOS app to allow you to use your iPhone or iPad as a webcam in many popular video calling apps like Zoom, Meet, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, Cisco WebEx, Houseparty and many others.
You can sign up to try and test the app out before it’s launched at Reincubate’s website. Once it’s released it will be an app they charge for – but in my testing so far, I think it’ll be worth it. The ability to control your iPhone or iPad’s camera from your computer is awesome and saves a lot of fiddling with an iOS app while you’re trying to have a video call.
In a previous video I used a free iOS app called “Full Screen Camera” to give a clean video feed to streaming apps like Ecamm Live. And that works great for that purpose – but if you’re wanting to have a video call with Zoom, you don’t want to necessarily fire up a live streaming app at the same time. Camo looks like a great app to have in your toolkit.
If you’ve got questions or it’s not working for you, leave a comment below.
I was on a consulting call last week with a client who had asked about how to improve the audio coming in from their co-workers on Zoom calls. Depending on what kind of space and gear your co-workers are using – computer, mic, room, children, microwave, coffee maker, air conditioner, dog, etc. – will greatly impact your own ability to hear them.
You can mute participants on a Zoom call which is great for when they’re not talking, but what if the problem is there when they talk? Maybe a low end rumble from a washing machine in the next room, or a high pitched squeal from… the washing machine in the next room. (Someone fix that washing machine already!)
While we were debating sending all their co-workers $500 audio gear, I remembered Rogue Amoeba’s SoundSource sitting in my menu bar. I got my client to install it on their computer, and walked them through configuring EQ and other plugins for incoming audio that can help clean up what you’re hearing, even if your co-workers don’t care about the audio they’re sending.
(Screenshots included below are from Rogue Amoeba’s post)
I’ll be doing future client calls from my secure bunker where amoebas can’t get to, rogue or otherwise.
Audio Units: Assemble!
A cool feature of SoundSource is it’s ability to use Audio Unit plugins – both the ones built-in to macOS for free, as well as other plugins you can purchase such as iZotope’s RX Elements Voice De-noise plugin that can dramatically clean up audio with the click of a button. RX Elements $129USD price tag might scare some folks off, but it’s indispensable for the kind of audio production and editing work I do.
Limitations of SoundSource
This isn’t really SoundSource’s fault, but one big limitation of trying to clean up your co-worker’s bad audio on your side of the call is if you have multiple co-workers, each with their own audio issues. John has a noisy, high pitched washing machine but Lucy has a super low end rumble from street noise, and Trevor has interference from the 30 computers running bitcoin in his basement. But all of their audio comes in on one (or maybe 2 stereo) channels into your headphones. There’s only so much you can fix.
But it’s a start! And can help a ton if there’s just one main audio issue you need to fix.
Check out the free trial of SoundSource from Rogue Amoeba – just remember that the audio you hear will start to degrade after 20 minutes while you’re on the trial. That’s something I forgot when demoing it with my client and we spent a few minutes troubleshooting my audio as a result!
You can also check out this video review I did of SoundSource back in 2019 – but just know that the app has seen improvements since then that are worth checking out. But the video tour will give you an idea of what’s possible:
I’ve had so many questions and comments on my YouTube channel about issues people are having with mic audio permissions for Discord (and other apps), particularly since upgrading to macOS Catalina.
In this tutorial video I show yet another possible fix for Discord’s inability to pick up your mic’s audio by walking through essentially what is outlined in this StackExchange post, except instead of “ScreenCapture” I use “Microphone” and using Discord’s bundle ID on macOS of “com.hnc.Discord”.
Previous videos that might help you if this one doesn’t include: