How to Record Sound / Audio / Voice on Mac?

You can record some simple audio, sound or voice easily with an in-built app which comes with Mac OS X without downloading any third-party sound recording software.

QuickTime is reputed and well known audio and sound recording software and it comes with music and video playback features. Most of us don’t know that it can record audio. It is pre-installed on MacBook Pro and you can start the task of recording directly.

QuickTime comes as a surprise addition for some users as it is usually considered as a movie watching app. You may not know that it comes vide options to record screen, video and audio. So, it is very powerful if you look beyond its common functions.

QuickTime can easily capture sound from a microphone and record it and store it as light m4a file. So, it is the best choice to record conversations, quick voice notes, make simple ringtones, record sound effects, and do more of what you like when it comes to record some audio. Since Mac doesn’t come with Voice Memos app that comes with iPhone, it is very simple and easy way to capture audio instantly.

Record Sound with QuickTime Player in Mac OS X

Using this method, you can record any audio from a microphone on Mac using this method, through either external microphone or in-built microphone.

  • Go to /Applications/ folder and launch QuickTime Player.
  • Pull the “File” menu down and go to “New Audio Recording”
  • Click red dot (o) button to record audio from the default source of microphone.
  • Once done, click the same button again to stop recording.
  • Click “Save” on “File” menu, rename the file and choose any convenient output.

Record Sound with QuickTime

It will save the recorded sound in m4a format. It is a compressed high quality audio format which is widely regarded. It plays audio on almost anything, be it iTunes, Mac, iPhone, Windows, iPad and Android.

There is no pre-defined limit on how much audio to be recorded using this feature. Keep in mind that media file may grow very large. If you are going to record sound of several hours, make sure you have proper storage space available ahead of time.

QuickTime also comes with limited features of audio editing. You can trim the audio or break it into several files if you have long segment in the beginning or front of the file. Though this step is used to capture and record audio from microphone, it is not actually designed to perform advanced functions. Users who want to record all audio output from the system will direct the audio output into the line-in without going through the microphone.

Garage band is another common option to record sound. It comes with several other features of audio editing and it is geared to create music so it may seem overly complex for the casual user who just wants to record a quick sound or conversation. In addition, when Garage band is available for free on some Mac systems, it is a paid app for others. If you have a Mac, you can use QuickTime for free with a microphone to record audio or sound.

QuickTime records audio from the in-built microphone on Mac by default or whatever is selected as line-in source of audio. This way, sound quality will rely heavily on microphone, instead talking into Mac microphone directly and you can use white ear-buds directly which come with iPhone, and also have a microphone. The source of line-in mic can be changed just by pulling the triangle menu down and choosing another mic which is attached.