How To Record Audio On Your Mac

There are many ways to record audio from your Mac's built-in microphone or a mic you have connected. You can use the Voice Memos app or the QuickTime Player app to record quickly into a file you can use in another app or send online. You can use GarageBand for more complex recordings and editing. You can also record audio directly into some apps like iMovie, Keynote and Pages.

Comments: 8 Responses to “How To Record Audio On Your Mac”

    Dennis Craig
    3 months ago

    Excellent advice on using audio files! I had no idea MAC OS had all of this built in! Thanks!

    Frederick
    3 months ago

    How do you connect an external mic to MacBook? Thanks

    3 months ago

    Frederick: Depends on the mic. If it is a USB mic, then just plug it in to your USB port. If not, then get a USB mic or get a device that converts analog mics to USB. Search Amazon for “mic to usb” and a ton come up.

    Chuck
    3 months ago

    Love the T-shirt, where do you find these?

    3 months ago

    Chuck: It is a reproduction. Found it on Etsy.

    Jean-Claude
    3 months ago

    Great overview! If you need to record system audio or any audio from any app, that you can hear on your Mac (not from your microphone), Audio Hijack works great.

    Judy Kennedy
    4 weeks ago

    Will Garageband record lossless versions of streamed audio/music on the Mac’s internal mic?

    4 weeks ago

    Judy: Not sure what you mean. Lossless versions of streamed audio on the mic? Where is the music coming from? You use the mic to record your voice and/or an instrument, and the internal mic isn’t an ideal way to do that. But “lossless” would refer to digital transfer of audio files.

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