Is that what you want to record - the sound that is playing through the web browser?
If so, then that’s not the “line in”. “Line in” is when you, for example, plug a cassette player into the computer with a mini-jack cable. (it is possible to use a “loopback” cable, but that’s generally seen to be a fall-back solution if all else fails).
Hey Steve… thanks so much for your useful reply. I had no idea about that re: Macs. I am new from Windows where, as you know, you just set the input to system sound and you’re off and running.
ONE OTHER RELATED QUESTION, if you don’t mind: does this same situation apply if one wants to record a VoIP phone call, such as from Skype? Or is there yet another setup for that? I am going to be needing to record Skype conversations for a podcast. Would you prefer I start a new post for this question?
Thank you again for your help… I truly appreciate it.
Cheers! : -)
Recording Skype is a whole other can of worms. Occasionally someone will miraculously get results that they are happy with, but there are many reasons why it is unlikely to be satisfactory.
I’d suggest that you use the search box in the top right corner of the forum, and read through some of the discussions about Skype. (The “Advanced search” will let you search the Mac forum for more relevant topics). Then have a go yourself, and then start a new topic when you have an informed idea about how to approach the job.
I did some searching in the forum and found some meaningful stuff. Thanks! AND, I googled it and found this potentially-fantastic video by a guy who shows how to set up to record 2-channel skype calls . May be useful to others:
A word of warning; Soundflower is obsolete, and on my Mac (Sierra) it is not terrifically stable.
There’s a more recent topic somewhere on the forum about a possible alternative that is supported. I don’t have time right now, but I’ll see if I can find that for you.
a guy who shows how to set up to record 2-channel skype calls
One of the joys of Skype is the updates. There’s no shortage of surprises when Skype does an update or background change and all the capture services and techniques stop working. Even usually stable, paid software Pamela got hosed with that a while back.
There is only one stable, forever technique I know of and that’s using a Skype computer and a small mixer with either a second computer or a separate recorder. It’s piling all the services into one computer that gets you into trouble.
Oh, and the hardware technique works on all three computer platforms.