How to record Spotify using Logic Pro X and a UAD Apollo

For non owners of the UAD Apollo, consider using this app to record Spotify.

I’m not advocating stealing music, but if you need to grab a copy of a song for whatever reason (let’s say you have a song on Spotify, and you want to get it into Logic to do a remix.) This will require something like the UAD Apollo Duo Thunderbolt (I love my Apollo, and if you click that link, we’ll get a few bucks, which helps keep this site running.)

First go into the Audio Midi Devices Utility. (Space Bar & Command will bring up Spotlight, type in “Audio Midi Setup” and hit enter.) As far as I know, there is no Safari web player for Spotify, so you’ll need to download from Spotify the desktop app.

You should see Universal Audio listed, along with the Built-In Microphone and Built-in Output, along with anything else your system might have installed. (Even though I’m using a Universal Audio Apollo Twin, it says Universal Audio Thunderbolt.)

Audio Midi Setup
Audio Midi Setup

Next Right click Universal Audio and select Configure Devices. This is just a shortcut to the Console I/O Matrix window. (This will work with other hardware, not just a Universal Audio Apollo.)

Right (or ctrl) click on Universal Audio and pick Configure Speakers. You should see Left Front and Right Front. From the drop down select  Virtual 1 and Virtual 2 (or other virtual channels if you are adventurous.) Then click Done.

If you already closed out of the Audio Midi Utility, then you need to go into the Apollo Console Application (Space Bar & Command, type Console) select Settings, then I/O Matrix.

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You should see two Inputs labelled Virtual 1 & Virtual 2. On my system they are mapped to Channels 5 & 6. Make note of these, as this is what you’ll be recording from in Logic.

Console I/O Matrix
Console I/O Matrix

Now startup Spotify and play a song (or any streaming audio for that matter) and you should see the audio coming through on Virtual 1 & 2 in the Console. In fact you can even play a local mp3 file, and it’ll show up here. 

Next open Logic Pro, and create  a new session. You can pick the Audio microphone option, and your Input should match whatever channels the console mapped your Virtual Channels to. On my system that’s 5 & 6.

Logic Pro Choose Track Type
Logic Pro Choose Track Type

You should now see the audio coming through on this track, and have the ability to record Spotify and other audio. 

This is a great way for capturing audio from your system, and you can now apply all your plugins to them. Obviously flanging may not be of greatest use, but EQ and Limiting could be.

I have some old reel-to-reel home recordings from the 70s, and I’m able to apply some iZotope RX audio correction to them, as well as EQ and compression. Doing this in Logic is so much easier.