Recording audio and video on a Mac is drop dead easy. Even the teachers in my school can do it. All you need is a Mac with a microphone.
There’s no shortage of quality audio recorders for Mac users, either. Garageband comes with every Mac but has a healthy learning curve. School teachers tend to want a recording utility that’s as easy to use as the old analog cassette tape recorders. TapeDeck to the rescue.
Recording & Managing Audio
There’s a difference between recording audio files and managing audio files. QuickTime records audio via the Mac’s built-in microphone (even records video via iSight).
Managing a large number of audio files can get messy.
Some of the teachers in my school have a huge collection of audio cassette tapes; stacks and stacks.
Imagine their delight when I showed them TapeDeck. It’s like an old audio cassette tape recorder in your Mac. It even looks just like a cassette recorder, complete with stacks of tapes, and the old push down and click buttons.
Operation? It’s totally self explanatory. I cannot imagine an easier way to record audio and manage the recorded tapes.
Simple Buttons, Easy WorkFlow
TapeDeck is at once familiar and simple to use. Controls are on the bottom. The large red Record button begins the recording session. Click once (or use the keyboard shortcut) and your Mac begins recording audio.
The Rewind and Fast Forward buttons do what you’d expect, as does the Stop and Pause buttons, respectively. Once you’ve recorded audio in TapeDeck, you can name the tape, and it stacks in the right column.
Click to select a tape, then click the Play button to play the audio. Nothing could be easier.
Simple Features, Easy Export
TapeDeck is easy to operate, yes, but comes with a bunch of handy features. For example, you can record audio as standard AAC (MP4) files, or use Apple’s built-in Lossless Audio Codec for higher quality and easy sharing with Garageband or other Mac audio applications.
Tapes can be sent to iTunes so you can play back the audio on other Macs or on your iPod, iPod touch, or iPhone. Or, for sharing with others.
Tapes are stored in chronological order. Even with hundreds of tapes, you can search through the list quickly using title, date, color coding, and more, just by using the handy search field. Label and annotate your audio recordings.
Tapes can be exported to other audio formats for easy sharing, including Windows WAV, AIFF, and MP3. Audio files can be sent to other Mac or PC users in AAC format, too.
Got YouTube? Tapes can also be shared via YouTube with a couple of clicks. TapeDeck creates an animated audio tape cassette video with the audio. Perfect for YouTube.
What’s not to like? If you’re a little befuddled by the complexities of Garageband and multi-track audio recordings, and yearn for the elegant simplicity of an old style audio cassette recorder, TapeDeck is a digitized blast from the past and highly recommended.