How to Record Audio on a MacBook


Audio software on illustrative background
Artwork by Samar Haddad / MovieBeat

If you want to record audio on your MacBook, there are all kinds of ways to do it. There are a number of third-party apps that can record your voice, but macOS also offers several tools that you can use with no installation required.

Before you start recording, make sure the microphone you’re using is turned on, connected, and working. The MacBook’s built-in microphones can also record, but an external microphone may provide better quality.

How to Record Audio on MacBook Using QuickTime Player

A screenshot of QuickTime Player opened in macOS.
Literally all you do is click that button.
  • Open QuickTime player.
  • Click on File > New Audio Recording.
  • Click the record button (it’s the red circle in the middle of the window) to start recording, and click again to stop your recording.
  • Click on File > Save. You will get a pop-up – name the recording and choose where you want to save it.

In QuickTime, you can also adjust the volume control at the bottom of the window so you can hear the audio you’re recording.

How to Record Audio on MacBook Using Voice Memos

A screenshot of the Voice Memos app on macOS.
You can sync it with the Voice Memos app on your iPhone.
  • Open the Voice Memos app.
  • Click the record button (it’s the red circle). To pause recording, click it again.
  • When you’re done, click Do.

You will see the recording appear on the left side of the window. The file will automatically be saved as New Recording. There is an alternative – it will be saved under the name of the location where you saved if you select Location-Based Naming in Preferences and you have granted location permissions to voice memos.

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