Can't get Blackhole to record audio from Mac M1

I’m really beginning to despise Apple. The simplest things become so damn difficult with their products.

macOS: Big Sur 11.6

Audacity: 3.1.3

Installed Blackhole and followed the instructions. Trying to record from a synth in Logic Pro into Audacity. No sound.

Audio devices:

Logic Pro audio:

Audacity settings:

I play something in Logic. Hit record in Audacity. No sound is recorded.

Please help, I’ve wasted hours on this BS.

The simplest things become so damn difficult with their products.

You happened to hit the magic condition. It’s not simple. Macs have never been able to easily record their own sounds. It’s always been an uphill battle with installing special sound drivers and then configuring them for reliable operation.

Newer Macs also have security setting overlays and complications from other applications such as Skype, Zoom, and Meetings.

It can be something of a career move to get one of these to record itself and then play it back without the pathways getting lost. We should wait for someone with experience on newer machines.

It’s no picnic on Windows machines, either, but at least those machines have a history of built-in techniques and software.


I can try and sort out your drivers and sound managers, but it may take a while. I see you have more than one manager. What were you using Sound Siphon for? That seems to do what you want.

There’s nothing quite like juggling more than one manager. If you use Zoom, that’s four.

If you’re skilled in the use of the Mac System Preferences, that can provide little sound meters to help you in conditions where nothing seems to work right. Catch the sound half-way and see if it gets that far.

Looking. Does either Siphon or Blackhole have help?


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I installed Sound Siphon and couldn’t get it to work either. Then I installed Blackhole.

Are you using wireless headsets, headphones, or earbuds for your productions?


I know this sounds simple, but it is often overlooked. Have you given your machine permission to record from the microphone ?

Trying to record from a synth in Logic Pro into Audacity.

It’s not a microphone (that I can tell).

That’s why I asked about the headphones. If the poster is on wireless headphones, then there is no normal sound pathway to re-direct.