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The work-throughs to record audio on Audacity don’t work. I’ve done the Soundflowerbed/sound prefs/terminal bits and none works reliably. I was able to get it all working once, last weekend, but not since. Is anything in the pipeline to permanently and easily fix this?

It works for me with Audacity 2.3.2 on Catalina 10.15.1. I’ve not tried Audacity 2.3.3 yet (Catalina just finished updating 5 mins ago).

I’ve not tested yet, but I don’t expect Soundflowerbed to work as it is obsolete.

Audacity 2.4.0 is due to be released fairly early 2020, which should fix the Catalina issues for Audacity.

We have no association with the makers of Soundflower.

I’ve tried it now.

When I first tried launching Audacity, I got a message saying that Audacity could not be opened because the author could not be verified.

To fix that,

  1. I used “control + click” on the icon in the dock, and then selected “open”.
  2. When prompted, I confirmed that I wanted to run Audacity
  3. Then I quit Audacity

After doing that, the terminal command to run Audacity now works.

Thank you. Does Audacity 2.3.3 have any 32/64 bit problems?

Audacity 2.3.3 is a 64-bit app. It requires a 64-bit version of macOS.

Thanks. Pretty sure Catalina is 64-bit. Mac made a big thing out of letting users know certain apps wouldn’t work without upgrading from 32. At this point I may wait for the new Audacity due out soon(hopefully). Doing otherwise is not worth the aggravation.

Catalina is certainly 64-bit


Maybe not quite enough words. MacOS has been 64 bit for a long time.

That’s 10.9.5.

Catalina’s trick is it’s only 64-bit. Under those conditions, as an example, my off-air “TV Set” will stop working. That’s one tiny example why I’m not breaking down the door to upgrade.


Gotcha. It’s a little late for those of us who have upgraded already.

Audacity 2.3.3 is a 64-bit app. It requires a 64-bit version of macOS.

In other words, all of them likely to be useful. “Frances” is an 11 year old Mac and has 64-bit compatible architecture. I should try the install later.


It’s a little late for those of us who have upgraded already.

I think I posted once before that Audacity isn’t the only nasty surprise that bubbled up at the Catalina update.

It is possible under extreme circumstances to roll your Mac back to Mojave. I understand the rollback is slightly less painful than kidney stones.

I wonder how many people showed up at the Apple store whimpering about a job gone wrong. Remember were talking about extreme creative people who have a hard time operating a ball point pen—and who have paid support. It seems I’m ragging on them, but these are the same people that can tell you exactly, with no question that color something should be. One of the creatives came over to visit and started re-arranging stuff on my coffee table. When they left, it looked a lot better than it did when they got here. I still can’t tell you what they did.

I don’t have a picture, but I got to do a short demonstration during a Hollywood production meeting. I think I counted one Windows machine.



I’m not nearly as savvy as you. I just want to fire up Audacity, hit “line in” or something easy, and record.

It’s becoming handier and handier to fire up your stand-alone sound recorder and press Record instead of trying to force your computer to do it.

It’s not going to stop working because of an update.


True, but the quality is not the same.

True, but the quality is not the same.

Maybe it is. That’s not a cheap MP3 note-taker voice recorder. “Remember to bring home milk and eggs.” It’s a 24/96 production sound recorder that burns perfect-quality, uncompressed WAV files.

It doesn’t depend on computer operating system support to crank out good quality voice tracks.