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How to Record Audio on Mac with Ease | 4 Ways

Jane Zhou Updated on Apr 20, 2021|   min read

Sometimes you may come across some live streaming music that you like on the website and want to keep it to enjoy it anytime and anywhere. But how? Most of you can solve the problem by recording the music with some audio recording software. It seems easy for Windows users, but it is problematic for Mac users. You can not simply record whatever sound is playing on your Mac, and you need to rely on some software to complete the work.

To help Mac users do the task, we will show you foure free and reliable software and detail on how to record audio on Mac. Just continue reading.

How to Record Audio on Mac with EaseUS RecExperts

EaseUS RecExperts is an easy-to-use screen recorder for Mac. With a simple and intuitive user interface, it is extremely convenient for all levels of users to record audio, especially for beginners. Working with this audio recorder, you can record system audio, microphone, or sound from external audio devices in seconds. 

Besides recording audio, it also can assist you in capturing screen, webcam, and even your iOS devices' screen in high resolution. While recording, there is a built-in time scheduler that can help you start and stop the recording process at a specific time, which is much helpful when you are not around your Mac.

How to record system audio on Mac with EaseUS RecExperts:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts and choose the "Audio" option on the main interface.

Launch EaseUS RecExperts

Step 2. Click on the microphone icon to select the audio type you want to capture, such as Microphone only, System Sound only, or both at the same time.

select the audio sources

Step 3(optional). You can click on the Clock icon to create a scheduled recording and choose your audio recording duration based on your needs. Next, click "Done" and then choose the Red circle button to start your recording.

Set the recording task

Step 4. When you are going to stop recording, you can click on the circle with a red square button to complete the recording. Then you will see the recorded audio file on your Mac computer.

Export the audio recording

How to Capture Sound with QuickTime Player 

Is QuickTime only a video and audio player on Mac? Of course not. Besides a player, it is also a helpful screen and audio recorder for Mac users. It allows you to capture anything on your screen in a full or selected area.

Also, it can help you capture audio on your Mac, including both internal and microphone sound with a few clicks. But before recording audio, you need to install Soundflower on your Mac computer.

How to record audio on Mac - QuickTime

Step 1. Download and install Sounderflower on your Mac. After that, you can record the desktop audio on your Mac with QuickTime Player easily.

Step 2. Go to "System Preference" and choose the "Sound Preference" option. Select Soundflower (2ch) from the Input and Output tab.

Step 3. Launch QuickTime Player and click "File" > "New Audio Recording" from the menu bar. The Audio Recording Window will appear. Then click on the drop-down arrow on the side of the record button, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the microphone.

Step 4. When you are ready to record the audio, just click the "Record" button to start recording. 

How to Record Desktop Audio on Mac with OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a free and open source screen recorder on the market. Using it, you can easily capture desktop audio from your Mac. This software can help you capture and mix video or audio with high performance, create scenes made of multiple sources including windows, texts, images, and many more.

Most importantly, equipped with a powerful API, it provides further customization and functionality specific to your needs. Now let's see how to capture audio on Mac with OBS Studio.

How to record audio on Mac - OBS Studio

Step 1. Download OBS Studio and iShowU Audio Capture, then install them on your Mac.

Step 2. Go to the "audio MIDI Setup", click the "+" button in the bottom left. And select "Create Multi-Output Device" to choose "iShowU Audio Capture" as the main device.

Step 3. Go to "System Preference" and choose the "Sound Preference" option. Once the next screen shows up, make sure that "Multi-Output Device" is selected. Then open OBS Studio and set Audio to "iShowU Audio Capture".

Step 4. Once done, you can start to capture audio on your Mac quickly and easily with OBS Studio

How to Capture Sound on Mac with Audacity 

As a free, open-source, and cross-platform audio recording software, Audacity is popular and accepted by most people. This freeware allows you to record audio on your Mac, capture live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digital recordings from others. It supports 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit sample rates with high quality.

After recording, you can simply edit the recording by cutting, copying, pasting, and applying some effects. For exporting your audio files, it also offers many different file formats for your choosing.

Record audio on Mac with Audacity

Step 1. Install Sounderflower and Audacity on your Mac. Both of them are freeware

Step 2. Click "System Preferences" > "Sound" > "Output" and choose Soundflower (2ch) as the output devices.

Step 3. Open Audacity and go to the Device tab to choose Soundflower (2ch) as the recording device. Next, click on the red Record button to begin the recording.

Step 4. When you are going to finish the recording, just choose the Stop button to end the recording. 

Step 5. Click "File" > "Export Audio" to rename the recording file and choose a folder to save it.

The Bottom Line

How to record audio on Mac? This post offers you four audio recorders to do the task. You can use EaseUS RecExperts, QuickTime Player, Audacity, and OBS Studio to capture the audio on Mac without any effort.

Among these audio recording software, we highly recommend EaseUS RecExperts. You can not only record audio but also capture screen with this all-in-one screen and audio recorder. Download it and it never disappoints you! 

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author Jane Zhou

Jane Zhou

Jane is an experienced editor for EaseUS focused on tech blog writing. Familiar with all kinds of video editing and screen recording software on the market, she specializes in composing posts about recording and editing videos. All the topics she chooses are aimed at providing more instructive information to users.

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