MacOs Big Sur doesn't record internal audio (soundflower)

Hi, I’m trying to record internal audio with Audacity 2.4.2. I’ve already managed to record external sound from the built in microphone. I’ve given permission for Audacity to access the microphone and have tried to run Audacity through Terminal writing “open /Applications/” but the problem persists (I have also installed Soundflower device witch I put in output). Anyone knows what else I could do?

Thank you in advance!

Which version of SoundFlower and where did you get it from?
(The original version of SoundFlower no longer works)

It’s version 2.0b2 I downloaded it yesterday from the developer’s (Matt Ingalls) repository at Github (after googling for a while, because I had an older version that didn’t work anymore… I’m totally ignorant of all this stuff):
(I also downloaded Blackhole and it doesn’t work).

Thank you!

Which Mac do you have? (I assume you saw the notice on the GitHub page saying that M1 chip based Macs are not yet supported)

:astonished: I hardly understand what “github” is. I appreciate your patience. My mac is an iMac late 2015, 2’8 GHz, Intel Core i5… Where can I see that chip information? Thank you!

The “M1 chip” is Apple’s new processor. It’s only in the latests Macs.
The “chip” (CPU) in your computer is an “Intel i5”.

I’m not a Mac expert (I mostly just use it for testing purposes). Have you used SoundFlower previously? In particular, do you know how to set it up?

Do the instructions on this page help at all?
– Bill

I use iShowU Audio Capture on my MacBook Air, which I have on several versions of OS X on my older MacBook Air. Took awhile to figure out how to use it, but now no problems at all whenever I want to capture from Spotify. Or the audio from YouTube, or just about whatever.

I use iShowU Audio Capture on my MacBook Air

I use iShowU on my Mini.

It does use multiple-recursive pathways, so it’s a little magic.

Apple (upper left) > System Preferences > Sound > Input > IShowU.

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Apple (upper left) > System Preferences > Sound > Output > IShowU.

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Tell Audacituy to record from IShowU.

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If you stop right there, you can play something on Youtube and record it on Audacity, but the computer might be silent.

Tell Audacity to play to your speakers. That’s the second part of the above graphic.

And tell Audacity to playthrough its input to its output (second clicky).

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As long as Audacity is running—but not even recording, you can click in the recording meters > Start Monitoring and hear what the computer is doing.

The only part of this that doesn’t work right is listening to Youtube when Audacity is not running. You have to switch Mac Output Preference back to Output/Speakers/Headphones From iShowU to do that.

Apple > System Preferences > Sound > Output. That one setting is the only one you have to keep switching back and forth between normal computer operation and recording YouTube.

Got all that? It’s remarkably similar to the dance we did with SoundFlower. SoundFlower had a subsidiary program called FlowerPot or something like that which would switch back and forth between the modes semi-automatically. I never used it. I never did that much on-line recording to bother with yet another program.


That didn’t go well. All my graphics scrambled. This is me rebuilding the post.

Thank you so much for the instructions!!! I’m so happy it worked!!! After trying unsuccesfully with Soundflower (whitch still doesn´t work) iShowU did!

I finally managed to record using iShowU (as Koz suggested on this thread). Thank you for your answers and patience! I tried and installed the Sounflowerbed but it keeps failing to record.

Thank you for your link, I downloaded it and it worked!

It helped to get the soundlowerbed but it did neither work. I installed iShowU and it worked. Thank you for your help!

:smiley: :smiley: :smiley: Yay!