Sometimes it is useful to record application’s audio output in real-time, or transfer that sound stream to another application to process it.
This is a frequent need when playing with Software Defined Radio, or listening to Online Web Receivers and want to decode, in example, digital signals.
You will have to pass the audio stream from an application to another, and these virtual cables will act as interface cables, creating new input devices you will be able to select.
Here we list five virtual audio device drivers solutions for Windows, Linux and MacOS X, you can freely download and use.
Take the audio output of one piece of software and send it to another. JackAudio is a virtual audio software cable that run on Windows Linux and MacOS and if Free to download and to use.
This software is a free windows audio capture driver that allow you to capture all the wave-out-sound that is playing on your speakers, and will record what you hear. Runs on XP, Windows 7 and Vista.
VB-Audio CABLE is a Windows Audio Driver working as Virtual Audio Cable. Will allow you to connect Audio Software together with Virtual Audio Device, to record input of streaming software. Donationware.
Vsound is a Linux software which allows you to digitally record the output of another program. The recorded output can be saved to a WAV file or can be transferred into another software. It's basically an audio transfer cable software.
Soundflower is a Mac OS X (10.2 and later) system extension that allows applications to pass audio to other applications. Soundflower is easy to use, it simply presents itself as an audio device, allowing any audio application to send and receive audio with no other support needed. Soundflower is free.
Other Virtual Audio Cable Software
The market offers additional commercial programs, among the amateur radio community the most popular is certainly Virtual Audio Cable currently priced 30 USD.
Virtual audio drivers solutions are listed under our Virtual Audio Cable Software links category