How To Record Google Hangout on El Capitan Mac For Audio Podcasts

I recently started a podcast for The Lesbian Talk Show, called The Therapy Café.  KA Moll and I play the characters Zane Winslow and Thalia Chase from our novels. And we answer relationship questions presented to us by our listeners.  If you haven't had a chance to check it out, I encourage you to do so as well as subscribe to and rate the show.

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When KA and I were planning the show, the subject of how we would record and edit the episodes came up. Since we are not physically in the same location and, even though the show is only audio, we wanted to be able to see each other during the recording, we chose Google Hangout as our platform.  The problem, unless you use Hangouts On Air, Google doesn't offer a method for recording all participants in the hangout. So after some research and trial and error, I came up with the following steps to record Google Hangout on El Capitan on the Mac in order to publish our weekly audio podcast.

Let me know if you find this helpful.

  • Download and install Soundflower
  • Download and install Ladiocast from the Mac App Store
  • Download and install Audacity
  • Follow these instructions to download and install LAME MP3 Encoder (In order to export audacity to mp3 files)
  • Go to System Preferences -> Sound and choose Soundflower (2ch) for the Output
  • Start LadioCast and set up as follows:
  • Note that your Input 2 on the left will be your Microphone source and your Aux Output on the right will be your Headset source
  • Set up Google Hangout as follows:
    • The Camera source will be your webcam.
    • The Microphone source will be your microphone.
    • The Audio Output source will be Soundflower (2ch), just as it was with System->Sounds
  • Start Audacity and set the recording channel as Soundflower (64ch) which is the same as the Main Output for LadioCast
  • Once everyone is in the Google Hangout, press the record button on Audacity and you should be recording the output of all participants and hearing the audio in your headset.