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How to Record Voice & Internal Audio on Mac

author Emily Waston
date Wednesday, December 24, 2019

When you want to record your own voice or a song or an interesting podcast you are listening to but is not allowed to download, you may need a voice and audio recorder. Voice Memo and QuickTime are the tools on Mac that help you capture voice. Besides, QuickTime can record screen and video as well. However, with these 2 default voice recorder, you cannot record the internal audio on Mac.

If you want a convenient way to record the system sound on Mac without noise, a third-party audio recorder of Mac is a better choice. For example, FonePaw Audio Recorder (opens new window) captures not only the external voice but also internal sounds on your Mac computer. In the post, we will introduce 3 ways to you to record voice and audio on MacBook and Mac desktop computers, including audio recorder, Voice Memo and QuickTime Player.

Audio Recorder for Mac to Record External & Internal Audio

FonePaw Audio Recorder (opens new window) can record both your voice and internal sound of your Mac and save the voice and audio in high quality as MP3, WAV, M4V files.

It can also work as a screen recorder to capture screen video with audio on Mac. So it is a multi-purpose tool that is perfect for recording YouTube videos & audio, audio from the Internet on Mac computer.

Step 1

Download, install and launch FonePaw Audio Recorder on your Mac.

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Step 2

Select "Audio Recorder" and set the system sound and microphone volume. Click "REC" to begin.

Audio Recording on Mac

Step 3

When you are done, click the red square on the top left corner and check the sound you have recorded.

Step 4

If the audio is too long, clip the file by setting the start and end point on the left bottom of the screen.

Audio Editing

Step 5

Click "Save" to save your file and "Re-record" to record again. Files will not be saved if you re-record. It can record videos through a webcam, computer screen, and capture screen as well.

Record A Voice Memo on Mac

Voice Memo is a default voice recorder in macOS 14 or a newer version. For users who use macOS 13 or an earlier version, we' d like to recommend FonePaw Audio Recorder (opens new window).

Step 1

Open the app and click the large red circle to start recording.

Step 2

Click the pause button to pause and "Resume" to continue.

Voice Memo Resume Recording

Step 3

When you are done, click "Done" to save the file. You can check, edit and share your audio on Voice Memo.

Editing in Voice Memo

Tip: How to save the audio on Mac?

Back to the primary Voice Memos screen, click and hold on the voice memo you want to save on the left side taskbar then drag it onto the desktop or into a folder. The voice memo will save as an. m4a audio file. The file's name is the same as the voice memo is labeled.

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If you need a detailed guideline with all great features of this recorder, check this article: How to Record Audio from Computer.

Record Sound on Mac with QuickTime Player

Download and install QuickTime Player on the App Store first.

Step 1

Enable QuickTime Player and pull down "File"> "New Audio Recording".

Step 2

Adjust the volume.

Step 3

Click the red button to start recording and click the same button to stop. Manage microphone and voice quality in the "Options" pop-up menu beside the red button.

Record Audio in QuickTime

Step 4

Click "File"> "Save" to name the file and choose the location to save your audio recording. Click "Edit" to trim the audio file if it's too long.

There are several important things when using Mac audio recording software:

First, buy a high-quality microphone.

A good quality microphone is needed, especially when you are going to make a podcast, music or lecture. Audio editing software cannot clean up the noise in a recording completely and it cannot add a sound that is not recorded in the first place.

Second, set up the microphone properly.

If you are recording what you say, you will set the microphone in front of yourself. If you are recording the sound on the Mac, you'd better set the microphone beside the computer. If you are recording an interview or more than one speaker, you might place it in the center of the group.

Third, choose a quiet place to record.

No matter how good your microphone is, it's hard to record pure sound if you are in a noisy environment. The best place must be a quiet small room with a thick wall because a large space will bounce back the sound to your microphone while a small room absorbing the sound, which makes it more natural.

If you think those things are too troublesome, the third-party recorder software would be a better choice for you. Take FonePaw Audio Recorder as an example, it records audio from both computer and external environment without a microphone. What's more, it can record, edit and share YouTube or any other videos and audios to your social accounts like Facebook and Instagram.

Share Audio Record

In all, in this post, we introduce 3 ways to record sound on Mac. It is convenient to record music, videos, lectures on Mac with the software. Just download and have a try!