How to Record Computer Audio Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Record Computer Audio on Mac

Have you ever wanted to record the audio playing on your Mac? Whether it’s for capturing a favorite song from a streaming service or recording audio from a video clip, there are various methods to accomplish this.

In this tutorial, we will explore different options to help you record computer audio on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Option 1: Using QuickTime Player

One of the easiest ways to record computer audio on a Mac is by using QuickTime Player, which comes pre-installed on most Mac computers. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open QuickTime Player: Launch QuickTime Player from the Applications folder or use Spotlight search to find and open it.
  2. Select New Audio Recording: From the menu bar, click on “File” and then choose “New Audio Recording”.
  3. Choose Audio Source: Click the arrow next to the record button and select your desired input source for audio recording.
  4. Start Recording: Click on the red record button to start recording computer audio.
  5. Stop Recording: When you’re done recording, click on the stop button in QuickTime Player’s menu bar.
  6. Save Recording: Save your recorded audio file by clicking “File” in the menu bar and selecting “Save”. Choose a name and location for your file, then click “Save”.

Option 2: Using Soundflower and Audacity

If you’re looking for more advanced options or need additional control over your audio recording, you can use third-party software like Soundflower and Audacity. Here’s how you can set it up:

Step 1: Install Soundflower

  • Download Soundflower: Go to the Soundflower GitHub page and download the latest version of Soundflower.
  • Install Soundflower: Open the downloaded DMG file and run the installer package. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step 2: Configure Soundflower

  1. Open Audio MIDI Setup: Open “Audio MIDI Setup” by searching for it in Spotlight or locating it in the Utilities folder within Applications.
  2. Select Soundflower: In Audio MIDI Setup, click on “Soundflower (2ch)” and choose “Use this device for sound output”.

Step 3: Record with Audacity

  1. Download Audacity: Visit the official Audacity website and download the latest version of Audacity for Mac.
  2. Launch Audacity: Open Audacity after it’s installed on your Mac.
  3. Select Soundflower as Input Device: In Audacity, click on “Audacity” in the top menu bar, then choose “Preferences”. Under the “Devices” section, select “Soundflower (2ch)” as your recording device.
  4. Start Recording: Click on the red record button in Audacity to start recording computer audio through Soundflower.
  5. Stop Recording: When you’re finished recording, click on the stop button in Audacity.
  6. Save Recording: Save your recorded audio file by clicking “File” in the menu bar and selecting “Export”.

Conclusion

Recording computer audio on a Mac can be accomplished using different methods, depending on your needs. Whether you choose to use QuickTime Player or opt for more advanced options with Soundflower and Audacity, you now have the tools to capture any audio playing on your Mac.

Enjoy exploring these options and have fun recording!

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