Whether you’re recording a school presentation or conference room meeting, or taking quick notes for yourself, your Mac can be a handy recording device.
A built-in microphone combined with preloaded simple tools like Voice Memos and QuickTime player makes it easy to record audio on your Mac.
This guide will show you how to record audio clips and long sessions on your Mac using built-in tools and third-party apps.
How to record audio on Mac
You can record audio on your Mac using preloaded apps like Voice Memos, QuickTime player, or third-party tools like GarageBand.
Record audio on Mac using QuickTime Player
If you’re watching videos downloaded or synced from your phone to your Mac, you might already be using the preinstalled QuickTime Player app. This app comes with all the tools you need to record your voice or the entire screen and save the audio file, so it will help you with long recordings.
QuickTime also has screen and audio recording capabilities, so you can use it to record FaceTime calls and other VoIP calls on your Mac.
To record, you can use your Mac’s built-in microphone. But if you don’t like the quality of the native mic, or you’re running your Mac on a third-party monitor, you can use an external mic or use your iPhone as your mic.
For basic recording, you can use the native microphone and QuickTime Player. .
go > application > QuickTime player.
File > new audio recording.
optionselect a microphone if you have multiple microphones, and select a recording quality.
Then adjust the volume control so that you can hear what you are recording. You can also do this using the Touch Bar on your Mac keyboard.
record Press the button (circled in red) to start recording.
To stop recording, click the gray
File > keepchoose where to name and save the recording, keep.
Record audio on Mac using Voice Memos
Voice Memos is a preinstalled app that allows you to use your Mac as a recording device. The app uses your Mac’s native microphone to record, but you can use an external microphone if you want a higher quality stereo recording.
go > application > voice memo.
record Click the button to start recording audio.
can be used to pause the audio.
pause Press the button and select the same button to resume recording.
end Stop recording.
Once the audio recording is complete, the file is automatically saved and accessible on any device signed into iCloud with your Apple ID.
How to Edit Voice Memos on Mac
You can edit voice memos by trimming the recording, replacing parts of the recording, or deleting parts.
How to replace part of a voice memo
Select the note you want to edit, right click and tap
Position the blue playhead in the recording summary at the bottom to select a starting point.
exchange Record over an existing voice memo.
pause end the recording, end Save your recording.
How to trim voice memos
You can also trim voice memos from the beginning or end of the recording.
Select a note and select
trim Click the icon at the top right of the voice memo window and drag the yellow arrow on the left to crop from the beginning. To trim from the edge, drag the right arrow to the selected endpoint, then trim.
keep Also end After editing the voice memo
How to delete part of a voice memo
You can delete parts of voice memos that you don’t want to record.
Select a note and select
Edit recording. next,
trim On the icon, drag the left and right arrows to enclose the portion of the recording you want to delete. select
erase select keep. When you have finished editing the recording, end.
Note: If you want to share a voice memo, select the memo, tap share Click the icon to select how you want to send your recording.
How to enhance or duplicate voice memos
If your audio recording has background noise or echoes, you can enhance it with the Voice Memos Enhancer tool.
Right click on the recording and select
Edit recording. next,
play Listen to the enhanced audio, then select end.
To duplicate an audio recording, right-click the recording in Voice Memos and select
How to record audio on Mac using third-party apps
There are several third-party apps that you can use to record audio on your Mac such as GarageBand, Simple Recorder Voice Recorder, WavePad, Audacity. Third-party apps offer many options to help you edit, mix, and manipulate audio and sounds on your Mac.
Record audio on Mac using GarageBand
GarageBand comes pre-installed on all Macs, but if you don’t see it, you can find it for free in the App Store. Music recording apps offer more advanced tools than QuickTime Player or Voice Memos.
To record audio on Mac using GarageBand,
go > application > garage band select Choose Click to open a new project.
Select track type window, selection audio > record I am using a mic.
stop Stop recording, then File > keep to save the audio recording or share it directly. share button.
Check out our detailed guide on how to create basic songs and recordings using Apple’s GarageBand.
How to Record Screen and Audio Simultaneously on Mac
If you want to record your screen with audio on your Mac, you can do it quickly and easily with keyboard shortcuts.
Shift+Command+5 key together.
On-screen controls appear around the current screen and let you choose whether to record the entire screen, a selected portion, or a still image of the screen.
To record the entire screen,
record the whole screen select the icon, record.
stop menu bar or press Command+Control+Esc Stop recording.
To record a selected part of your screen,
record the selected part Click the button and then drag to select the area of the screen you want to record.select record Start recording with the on-screen controls, stop After you finish recording.
Easily create audio recordings on Mac
Recording simple audio on Mac is not that difficult if you have the right tools. For more tools and tips on how to create and record audio on Mac, check out our guide to the best tools for creating your own video tutorials. We also have guides on how to record Zoom meetings, record Skype calls, and screen recordings on your iPhone.
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