How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

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picpak
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How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by picpak » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:18 am

Hey everyone,

I've found a way to launch Audacity from the dock, with proper microphone permissions and all. It will still run the Terminal in the background and is a bit hacky, but it should work.

Step 1: Go to Launchpad > Other and open Script Editor. Create a new document, and paste the following:

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do shell script "open /Applications/Audacity.app/Contents/MacOS/Audacity"
Click "Save", and save as an Application. Call it Launch Audacity.app, and save it in your Applications folder.

Step 2: Go to Applications > Audacity.app, right click it and choose "Show Package Contents". Go to Contents > Resources and find Audacity.icns.

Open a new Finder window and go to Applications > Launch Audacity.app. Right click and choose Get Info. Drag Audacity.icns onto the default app icon, and close the window. Drag Launch Audacity.app into your dock.

Hope this helps!
Last edited by steve on Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:40 am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Topic pinned

neferset
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Re: How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by neferset » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:34 pm

I just had created an Automator app as a launcher and was going to offer it. Yours sounds better.

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Re: How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by steve » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:42 am

Thanks for the tip picpak. I've not tried it myself as I've not yet updated to Catalina, but it sounds like it could be a good workaround.
I've "pinned" this topic so that it stays at the top of the macOS forum board for now, so that others can find it easily and say if your workaround works for them.
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peachsnapple
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Re: How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by peachsnapple » Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:42 pm

Some of my files open fine with this, but some just don't open. Is there another workaround I'm unaware of?

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Re: How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by steve » Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:47 pm

peachsnapple wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:42 pm
Some of my files open fine with this, but some just don't open. Is there another workaround I'm unaware of?
I expect that is due to an unrelated issue. Please start a new topic so that this forum thread remains on the original subject of launching Audacity on Catalina.
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Re: How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by EllieH » Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:10 pm

Audacity 2.3.2 on Mac OS Catalina 10.15

I just updated my oS and installed Audacity last night. I have a blue yeti mic and checked inside the audio app on my mac that it produces sound/is connected properly. Audacity acknowledges it under the mic dropdown. I spent all day troubleshooting. Sure enough, under security>microphone there is no permission box to check. I nearly gave up and found this thread! There is hope. However, I tried this workaround and still get the thin blue line, indicating no sound is being picked up. I am new to my mac and audacity so the lingo and platform is very unfamiliar so please reply clearly and simply for a middle-aged non-techy mom who's trying to help their kid with a school project. Here's what I did:

I got as far as the script code, entered it, saved it as instructed. Then opened a new finder window, went to applications > launch audacity.app. I right clicked to get info.

This next part was where I was unsure: "drag audacity.icns onto the default app icon" (I took this to mean the audacity headphones app inside the applications folder. I then closed the window as instructed.

when I opened audacity, I got an error--some files couldn't be opened (like a dumb-dumb I clicked away and the error disappeared. Not sure how to find out what it said.) I tried recording again and still get the blue line.

I would like to be able to record sound. Any and all help is appreciated.

mcauchi
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Re: How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by mcauchi » Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:17 pm

Oh thank you so much! I have been trying for days to get this to work. And your fix did the trick in seconds. Much appreciated

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Re: How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by hirnhorn » Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:27 am

I prefer the Automator version, just for simplicity. In case anybody else does, here are the steps:

1. Open Automator
2. Choose Application as document type
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3. Drag Run Shell Script to grey space on right
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4. Type

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open /Applications/Audacity.app/Contents/MacOS/Audacity
into Run Shell Script textfield
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5. Drag Run Apple Script to grey space on right, below the Shell Script Code
6. Type

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on run {input, parameters}
tell application "System Events"
try
set visible of application process "Terminal" to false
end try
end tell
return input
end run
into Run Apple Script textfield
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7. Save and use just like an application

The Shell script starts audacity via Terminal app. The Apple script just minimizes the Terminal app.

Gioser
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Re: How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by Gioser » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:06 pm

I simply installed it on Catalinea 10.15.1 and it immediately opened (without any problem) ... I think that this problem of opening it on Catalina has been officially resolved (to correct the website) ;)

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Re: How to put Audacity in your dock and use microphone in 10.15 Catalina

Post by waxcylinder » Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:43 am

This morning I upgraded to 10.15.1 for QA testing.

I can confirm:

a) Audacity can still be launched and run from the Applications folder
but this way recording from mic or USB device remains blocked

b) Using our published workaround, launching from the Terminal app also
launches and runs properly with recording working properly.

WC
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