how to record audio from youtube

macOS 10.15.4 (Catalina)
Audacity 2.3.3

I want to record sound that is playing on my macOS (Macbook Pro) to no vail for the moment.

I tried to install SoundFlower but it fails with installing SoundFlowerBed which seems to be hopelessly outdated (2014).

Any clues how to get this working?


Does this help?
– Bill

Thanks, but sorry, it doesn’t fit my environment: Catalina 10.15.4.

I’m tweaking around with SoundFLower and SoundFlowerbed but can’t find a foolproof tutorial with step by step instructions.

Have you tried iShowU Audio Capture? Soundflower has not been updated in years and probably doesn’t work on Catalina.
– Bill

Will give that a try, thanks. I was already quite close to get it working (Soundflower and SoundflowerBed). The latter shows up in the menubar
and I can define a multichannel device in Audio-MIDI Setup. But running sound through it give an immediate feedback loop and it starts screaming loud so that all I can do is quit SoundflowerBed.

I got it working with Soundflower and SoundflowerBed.

Audacity 2.3.3
Catalina 10.15.4
MacBook Pro mid 2014
SoundflowerBed 2.0.0
Soundflower 2.0b2

SoundflowerBed->Route Soundflower(2Ch) to Built-in Output
System->Sound->Output Soundflower(2Ch)
Audio-Midi Setup Soundflower(2Ch) as speaker out, Mic as Mic.

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There’s also Blackhole:

Routes up to 16 channels between applications.

It’s haunted. I’m trying again after I last posted the above, and I don’t see any input meter working in audacity when having the same settings as I found out above. Recording doesn’t work. What could I be doing wrong?
Fired up a YT clip, can listen to it through the Macs built-in speakers.

Any clues how I could get it working?

I got mine working by setting up an Aggregate Device in Audio MIDI setup.
It’s comprised of Built-in Output, IShowU Audio Capture, and Built-in Microphone.

When I’m recording from Spotify, the system audio is iShowU.

Audacity is set up so that Input is the Aggregate Device. I haven’t stumbled on how to hear it at the same time, but I can see that the waveform is appearing in the track window. HTH. :slight_smile: