If you come a Windows PC background, you may be familiar with a handy little Sound Recorder application. So what options do we have on the mac for free and simple sound recording?
Option 1: The easy option
If you have Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later, you may use the built in QuickTime 10 player.
- Open QuickTime Player from your Applications folder.
- Open the file menu and select New Audio Recording.
- You will see a very simple user interface that is similar to Windows Sound Recorder. (Picture above)
- Microphone volume is adjustable with the slider under the record button.
Note: QuickTime 7 is also built into earlier versions of Mac OS X. However, audio recording was a paid feature of QuickTime Pro.
Option 2: For power users.
You can also try the free and open source Audacity sound recorder. It is a powerful recorder, editor, and converter. You can find a version that is backwards compatible with macs running much older versions of OS X. It has a steeper learning curve than QuickTime’s audio recording feature, but it is far more powerful and better suited for longer recordings where editing is needed.