How to Record Sound on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Recording sound on a Mac is a useful skill to have, whether you’re a musician, podcaster, or just someone who wants to save important audio. Fortunately, with the built-in tools and software available on your Mac, recording sound is easier than ever. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to record sound on your Mac.

Step 1: Open QuickTime Player

To begin recording sound on your Mac, open QuickTime Player. You can find it by searching for it in Spotlight or navigating to the Applications folder in Finder.

Step 2: Start a New Audio Recording

Once QuickTime Player is open, click on “File” in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “New Audio Recording” from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Command” + “Option” + “N”.


You may need to grant permission for QuickTime Player to access your microphone. If prompted, click “OK” or enter your admin password to allow access.

Step 3: Configure Sound Input Settings

A small window will appear with a red record button and an audio level meter. To configure your sound input settings, click on the small arrow next to the record button. This will reveal a dropdown menu where you can select your desired microphone.


If you have an external microphone connected to your Mac, make sure it is selected as the input device.

Step 4: Start Recording

Once you have selected your desired microphone, click on the red record button to start recording. You will see the audio level meter move as sound is detected.


Make sure to speak or make a sound to test the audio input. If the audio level meter does not move, check your microphone connection and sound input settings again.

Step 5: Stop and Save the Recording

To stop the recording, click on the square stop button in QuickTime Player’s recording window. Once you have stopped the recording, a new window will appear with playback controls.


If you want to redo your recording, click on “Cancel” in the playback window. You can then repeat steps 2 to 5 to start a new recording.

Step 6: Save Your Recording

To save your recording, click on “File” in the menu bar and select “Save” or “Save As”. Choose a name and location for your audio file and click “Save”. Your recording is now saved and ready for use!

Congratulations! You have successfully recorded sound on your Mac using QuickTime Player. With this newfound skill, you can capture important audio moments or create professional-quality recordings for various purposes.

  • Tips:
  • If you want to edit your audio recording further, QuickTime Player allows you to trim and adjust volume levels. Simply click on “Edit” in the menu bar after stopping your recording.
  • If you’re looking for more advanced features and editing capabilities, consider exploring third-party software options like GarageBand or Adobe Audition.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of recording sound on your Mac. Remember to experiment with different microphone placements and settings to achieve the best possible audio quality. Happy recording!

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