Audio Hijack's preferences can be accessed from the Audio Hijack menu. At the moment, they're quite simple.

Preferences window
Audio Hijack's Preferences window


Audio Editor: Select your favorite audio editor for use alongside Audio Hijack. Once you set this, click the Actions button in the Recordings tab to send recordings made with Audio Hijack to it with a click.

If you don't have an audio editor, we recommend our own editor Fission. Learn more about it, then download a free trial from our site.

Audio Processing

Latency: This slider can be used to reduce latency while monitoring live audio.

The default setting (More Reliable) is recommended for most users. Advanced users can lower latency to reduce or remove any slight echoing that may heard while monitoring audio as it's recorded. However, this may lead to audible skips in audio on slower Macs.

Time Shift Global Hotkeys

Setting global shortcuts enables you to access a Time Shift block in the foremost session, without needing to bring Audio Hijack forward. You'll want to be sure to set unique shortcuts which aren't used by any other applications.

Pause/Resume: This global keyboard shortcut toggles audio playback, pausing if audio is set to play, and resuming playback if audio is currently paused.

Jump Back: This global keyboard shortcut jumps back in the audio buffer by ten seconds.

Jump Forward: This global keyboard shortcut jumps ahead in the audio buffer by ten seconds.

Jump To Live: This global keyboard shortcut jumps to the present ("Live") point.


Audio Hijack's Scheduler is an optional addition that improves the functionality of timers in Audio Hijack. When Scheduler is installed, your Mac will be woken up and Audio Hijack launched to run any timers you set.

If you're using timers, we strongly recommend installing the Audio Hijack Scheduler. Note that if Scheduler is not installed, your Mac must be awake with Audio Hijack already running for timers to function.

Software Update

Automatically check for software updates: With this option activated, Audio Hijack periodically compares itself to the most current version available from our server and alerts you when a new version is available. Leave this on and Audio Hijack will help you stay up-to-date. You can also select Check for Update from the Audio Hijack menu to initiate a check manually.

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