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[2021] How to Record Your Voice on Mac in 4 Free Ways

Jane Zhou updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Screen Recording Utility | How-to Articles

Whenever you are working or studying, you more or less need to make a quick voice recording, like recording personal notes, a small meeting, or making an audio instructional recording. All of those things can be done with a voice recorder. If you work on a Mac computer, you may find it is a little difficult to record your voice.

Given this, we will show you four audio recorders on Mac computer and focus on recording voice on Mac with step-by-step tutorials.


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Method 1. How to Record Voice on Mac with Voice Memos

Voice Memos is a built-in voice recorder on your Mac computer. It enables you to capture business talking, classroom lectures, and more without downloading any third-party voice recording software. Moreover, it can be used on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, and you can capture and share personal notes anytime and anywhere by using Voice Memo.

How to record voice with voice Memos

Here's how to record voice on Mac:

Step 1. Find Voice Memo on your Mac computer and launch it. 

Step 2. You can see a red circle button at the bottom left side of the window. When you are ready to speak, just click on the red button to begin recording your voice. Here you also can click the red pause button to stop the recording process.

Step 3. You can choose to resume the recording by clicking the "RESUME" button or end the recording by selecting the "Done" option.

Step 4. Once done, you can click the Share option in the top-right corner to share the recording with your friends or families.

Method 2. How to Record Voice on Mac with Garageband

Garageband is another software for voice recording on Mac. This voice recording software lets you record your voice in four easy steps. Actually, voice recording is just a small part of it. With a complete sound library that includes instruments, presets of guitar and voice, Garageband lets you create amazing music anywhere you go, and even you are a novice at making music.

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How to record voice on Mac with Garageband:

Step 1. Open the Garageband application on your Mac, then select the header of the audio track that you want to record to.

Step 2. Move the playhead to the point in the ruler where you want to start the recording. If you want, you can set the metronome and count-in to hear a beat while recording.

Step 3. When you get ready to record your voice, you can click the Record button - a red circle button in the control bar to start your recording. 

Step 4. Once done, click the "Play" symbol to stop recording. Next, click "Share" > "Export Song to Disk" to save it on your Mac. Here it allows you to choose the quality of your output recording files, like Low Quality, Medium Quality, High Quality, or Highest Quality. 

Method 3. How to Record Voice on Mac with QuickTime Player

When you are going to record audio on Mac, you cannot miss QuickTime Player. Although it is a media player, it also has some recording options. Using it, you can record your screen or audio with high-quality output. Compared to Voice Memos, it is easier to pick when you want to save the audio and share it.

How to record your voice on mac

Step by step to record audio on Mac:

Step 1. Launch QuickTime Player, and click "File" > "New Audio Recording" to open a new window.

Step 2. Click on the arrow to choose "Microphone" as the audio recording source. Then choose the red circle button to start recording your voice.

Step 3. When you finish, you can click the dark gray square button to stop recording. Then click "File" > "Save" to export the recorded audio file on your computer. You can directly share the recorded file via email or other programs in QuickTime Player if you need to.

Method 4. How to Record Voice on Mac with Audacity

As one of the most popular audio recorder and editor, Audacity can assist you in recording your voice on Mac efficiently. It can record live audio through a microphone or mixer in excellent quality. It is also equipped with some editing tools, which means you can edit your recorded audio file by cutting, copying, deleting in Audacity.

how to record voice on mac with audacity

Check the below tutorial on recording voice on Mac:

Step 1. Open Audacity. On top of the screen, click the recording devices tab and choose the Microphone option. (Make sure your microphone is connected to your Mac computer) 

Step 2. Click "Tracks" > "Add New" to choose the track that you want. You can choose Mono or Stereo.

Step 3. After that, click the red circle button to start your recording. And you will see an audio graph of your voice appear in the blank track.

Step 4. To end the recording, you can click the black square icon to stop the recording. Then you can make some adjustments to your recording, including trimming, cutting, copying, and many more.

Bonus: How to Record Voice on Windows Easily

Apart from Mac computer, most users are working on Windows PC. When it comes to record voice on Windows, EaseUS RecExperts comes into my mind first. It is an incredible audio recorder for PC. With it, you can capture your audio from computer, microphone, or both with simple clicks. In addition to an internal audio recorder, it is also a well-known screen recorder. This software lets you capture screen, webcam, gameplay, online streaming videos without effort. Now download it to explore more of its stunning features.

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".

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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.

The Bottom Line

How to record voice on Mac? This post provides four best Mac voice recording software and offers you detailed tutorials. You can choose any method mentioned above to record your voice on Mac computer.

No matter what solution you select, please make sure to choose it based on your needs. We hope this post will help you!

How to Record Voice on Mac FAQs

1. How do I record audio on my Mac 2020?

To record audio on Mac, you only need an audio recorder. If you want to record your own voice, you can find four methods in this article; if you are going to record internal audio on Mac, you can learn some solutions in this post.

2. How do I record my screen and audio on Mac?

There are a lot of screen recorders that can help you record screen and audio on Mac. You can try Quicktime Player, OBS Studio, and much other software on the market.

3. How do you save a voice recording on a Mac?

You can save a voice recording on a Mac with a built-in voice recorder - Voice Memo. For the detailed steps, you can move to part 1 to learn more information.

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