How to Record Audio on a Mac
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How to record sound on a Mac with Movavi Screen Recorder
Step 1. Install and run the program
Download and install the audio recorder on a Mac. The app is compatible with Mac OS Х 10.10 and higher.
Step 2. Start recording
To record computer audio on your Mac, run the program and click the Screen recording button on the control panel on the right. During the screen capture, you can record sound as well: voice memos, system audio, music from websites, or microphone input.
Step 3. Adjust the audio capture settings
You will be prompted to choose a screen area to capture. You won't actually need it to do audio recording, so just select a random area.
Make sure the System Audio button is highlighted if you want to record audio from your computer in Mac OS. If you’re going to capture audio from a Mac microphone, enable the Microphone option. You can do both voice recording and record from system audio.
Step 4. Record audio
Get ready to start playing the audio you want to capture and click REC. You can manage the process by clicking the appropriate buttons on the recording panel. You can also use hotkeys: ⌥ ⌘ 1 to pause and ⌥ ⌘ 2 to stop.
After you finish recording, a preview window will appear. Here, you can replay your audio and cut out any unnecessary parts. To remove a section from the middle of your recording, click Cut, set the markers at the beginning and at the end of the section you want to delete, and then click the Delete button. Repeat if needed.
Step 5. Save the result
Your audio track is recorded as well as screen activity, but you can save it as just an audio file. To do this, click Export, select MP3 from the format list, and click Save. Now you know how to record sound on a Mac with Movavi Screen Recorder!
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Conclusion: How to choose the best audio recorder for a Mac
Frequently asked questions
What is the best recorder for a Mac?
The best recorder is one that can record both internal and external audio without any stress. Voice Memos is capable of recording external audio via Bluetooth headset, compatible external microphone, or inbuilt microphone, and it can also record the system's audio with the added advantage of the ability to play your recording on any device in which you are logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID. QuickTime Player can capture the screen of your device via a screenshot or a recording; however, it usually requires another application: Soundflower, which functions as an extension. GarageBand has sophisticated audio recording functions, which makes it ideal for use by podcasters and music creators. Movavi Screen Recorder records audios and videos either as a combination or independent of each other; it is capable of recording either system sound or sound from the external environment through the system's microphone, independent of the screen recording.
How do I record internal audio on my Mac?
Recording audio from an external source is quite different from trying to record the device's internal audio; while most audio applications can do the former, relatively fewer applications have the capacity to do the latter. The best ways to record internal audio from your system include Movavi Screen Recorder, QuickTime, or OBS. You can read more about recording internal audio on your Mac below.
How do I record audio from Safari on a Mac?
One question on the mind of those who use the Safari web browser regularly on a Mac device is it possible to record audio from the internet through Safari to my Mac device while streaming? The answer is yes. To get started, you will need to download Soundflower. Once installed, restart the computer. Then, select Soundflower (2ch) output device instead of the speakers in the system preferences of Mac OS in the sound settings. Once you have Soundflower set up on your system, open your Safari, hold down the ALT button of your keyboard and simultaneously click the Volume icon on your menu bar. This should be done until a menu is displayed. In the menu, select Soundflower (2ch) as the input and output device of your browsers. Once this is done, you can use your QuickTime or any other audio recording application available on your device to record the audio playing from your Safari.
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