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How to Record Voice on Mac with Built-In and Third-Party Software Easily

Jane Zhou updated on Dec 22, 2020 to Screen Recording Utility | How-to Articles

Have you ever thought about recording important information with your own voice, which is much faster than typing it down? If you have thought about this, you may need a voice recorder to help you. A voice recorder can record each and every word you said in front of it, and you may listen to it later to get the information back to your mind. To show you how to record voice on Mac, we give you this tutorial. In this essay, you will learn how to record voice on Mac with the built-in or a third-party program. Besides, we give you the steps of recording voice on Windows with an effective recorder in case you need to record your voice on Windows someday.

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Part 1. How to Record Voice on Mac with Built-In Software

Mac has an inbuilt voice recorder called Voice Memos. It can record your voice with great convenience. When the recording is completed, you may listen to your voice memos on any device where you're signed in using the same Apple ID. The recorded audio file will be saved with the name of your location (if "Location-based naming" is selected in preferences) or with the name "New Recording". You can also select it to play or make edits, such as renaming or trimming. After editing, you can use the audio file as a memo, as a message to others, etc. In order to show you how to use this tool, we give you a detailed tutorial below.

voice memos

Step 1. In the Voice Memos app on your Mac, click the "Record" button (or use the "Touch Bar").

Step 2. To pause, click the "Pause" button. To continue, click "Resume".

Step 3. When you finish recording, click "Done" in the lower-right corner.

Part 2. Free Software to Record Voice on Mac

There are many free programs that can record your voice on your computer with more file-editing functions. We listed two effective audio recorders below.

Top 1. QuickTime

Most Mac computers come with a built-in microphone, but if desired, you can purchase a microphone separately and achieve better quality with a high-end studio microphone. If you do have to purchase a microphone separately, you will first have to configure the mic so it can work with your Mac computer. With QuickTime, the file you save will be an MP4 file. This format can be played on a variety of devices, which include: iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Windows, and most Smartphones. Now, let's get started with some basic audio recording on your Mac.

quicktime record microphone

Step 1. Launch QuickTime and look for the "File" menu.

Step 2. Select "New audio recording". Before recording, you can change the settings for this new recording by using the arrow next to the red "Record" button.

Step 3. Change from the built-in mic to the external mic to record your voice.

Step 4. Press on the red "Record" button to start recording from your microphone. Once you are finished with your recording, press the red button again to stop.

Step 5. A new window will open, where you can save your recording by entering the file name.

Top 2. GarageBand

GarageBand is one of the easiest ways to create a great-sounding song on your Mac. You can easily shape the sound of any instrument in the Sound Library with Smart Controls. You may control GarageBand and play any software instrument wirelessly on your iPad using the Logic Remote app. After recording, you can save your audio files where you want to put them. Note that it requires macOS 10.13.6 or later.


Step 1. Find the line-in port, which is basically located on the right side of the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, usually right next to the USB port. Take your microphone jack and plug it into the port.

Step 2. Click on the "Apple Menu" button and select "System Preferences", then click on "Sound". Then choose the line-in as your input sound device. Make sure your volume is set high enough to be recorded.

Step 3. Start your media software so you can begin recording. In GarageBand, click on "Preferences" and choose to record the microphone.

Step 4. Press the "Record" button to start a new audio recording. Once you finished recording, just press the "Record" button again or click the "Stop" button. You can edit the file recorded before you save it to your computer.

Download link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id682658836?mt=12

Part 3. Easy Steps to Record Voice on Windows

EaseUS RecExperts could do you a big favor in recording voice on Windows. This recorder can record not only the audio on your computer, but the voice of a person, the webcam connected to your computer, the gameplay process, and record screen on PC.

With this screen recorder, you can record the microphone sound, the system sound, or both of them as you like. After recording, the audio you recorded will be saved as MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, WAV, or FLAC format. You can choose which format your files be saved as. Now, let's take a look at the operation steps below. Remember to choose to record the microphone before you start the process.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts, you can choose one of the four main functions on the main screen. Here you need to click "Record Audio".

mainscreen of EaseUS RecExperts

Step 2. In the "System sound" setting, you can select the audio type you need to record, such as System sound, Microphone, System sound and microphone, and Record without audio. And then click the "REC" button to start recording.

select audio type

Step 3. When you finish recording, you will see your audio recording file in the video list, and then select the file and right-click it that you can compress, edit, share, and rename your audio file.

edit audio files

You also can click the "Open folder" button to find this audio file on your computer.


To sum up, you can achieve your goal of recording your voice on Mac in various ways. Inbuilt and third-party programs can all help you with this. However, if you want to record voice on Windows, you really need EaseUS RecExperts. This software is capable of recording audio with different types of sound, and you may even save the recorded file as six file extensions. You don't have to worry that the audio file can't be played on your computer. To download this program, click the blue button below.

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