When a situation arises where you want to record the external sound on your Mac computer, you can always adapt to the built-in audio recording tools – Voice Memo and QuickTime.

However, given that the 2 programs only record the sound from a microphone device, the 2 Mac built-in tools are not going to help you record the computer sound. It’s vital to find a Mac audio recorder that provides the utmost audio recording feature – record both computer sound and microphone sound.

So, in this article, I will introduce to you 3  Mac voice recorders as well as how you can use them to record voice on your Mac.

Mac Voice Recorders:

  1. Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder
  2. Voice Memo
  3. QuickTime

Tip: There’s a built-in microphone on every Mac/Macbook screen, you don’t need to insert an extra one when you want to record your own on Mac.

Record Voice on Mac

1. How to record voice on Mac with Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder

As one of the leading Mac voice recorders, Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder can help you record all sounds on your Mac in high quality.

With Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder installed, you can easily record your voice and the computer sound at a time while most Mac voice recorders are only able to record the microphone sound.

Besides the excellent audio recording capacity, this voice recorder is also programmed with a massive amount of useful features. For instance:

  • You can choose to record an audio file with preferred formats (mp3, m4a, etc) and quality (up to lossless).
  • It provides a quick-response keyboard shortcut to make a voice recording on your Mac.
  • In-app trimming ability is offered, you can clip the audio file.
  • The program can also serve as a Mac video recorder due to its excellent screen&webcam recording performance.
  • Etc…

Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder

Now, let’s learn how to use Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder to record voice on your Mac.

Step 1 Install the software on your PC

Step 2 Start to record your audio

Launch Mac Screen Recorder and choose Audio Recorder on the interface.

On Audio Recorder, you can choose the sound that you want to record on your Mac.

Turn on the Microphone option when you’re going to

  • Take a quick voice note;
  • Add narration for video, online tutorial, presentation, or lecture;
  • Recording your singing, dubbing, or recitation;
  • Or any other purpose that requires voice-over.

Mac Screen Recorder Record Audio
Or you may turn on the System Sound option when you’re about to:

  • Record a song or video playing on your Mac,
  • Record an in-progress online conference, interview, discussion, or lessons,
  • Maybe some other activity that requires audio playback on your Mac.

You can turn on both options if you need to.

Finish choosing the sound, click REC or press the hotkey – Ctrl + Cmd + S, to start audio recording.

Now, the application will record the sound from the chosen audio source. A panel will appear and show you the length of the audio.

Screen Recorder Panel

Step 3 Save the audio file

When you finish recording, click Stop or press the hotkey again to end the process. A new window appears, there, you can preview the audio and clip it.

Mac Audio Recorder Trim Save Audio

Click Save to export the audio file to a custom destination on your Mac.

Now, you learn how to record an audio file on your Mac. Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder will always be helpful no matter you want to record the internal or external sound on Mac.

2. How to record voice on Mac with Voice Memo

As the native software of Mac, Voice Memo can be pretty helpful if you want to make a voice memo. It’s very easy-to-use, you can master it within minutes. Follow this to record a voice memo on your Mac.

Step 1 Open Voice Memo

On your Mac dock or Application, open Voice Memo.

Voice Memo Record Audio

Step 2 Start recording

On Voice Memo, click the red button to start recording voice and start speaking to the microphone then.

Click Stop to pause the recording and preview the recorded clip.  You can resume the recording with the same button.

Voice Memo Recording Audio

Step 3 Save the audio file on your Mac

Finish recording, click Done. The file will be saved and you can find it on the Voice Memo’s interface.

Voice Memo also supports in-app trimming and sharing. At the top-right corner of the app, you can see two buttons, Edit and Share.

3. How to record an audio file on Mac with QuickTime

QuickTime is a useful video/audio recording tool on Mac computers. You can use it to record onscreen actions, capture your screen, and record your voice.

Here’s how you can use it:

Step 1 Open QuickTime

On your Application or dock, locate QuickTime, right-click on it, select New Audio Recording.

Open QuickTime

Step 2 Start recording

After that, a small window of Audio Recording appears.

QuickTime Audio Recording Start

Click the round button in the middle of the window to start recording, speak to your mic then. Hit the button again to stop the recording.

Audio Recording Mac

Step 3 Export the audio file

To save the audio file on your Mac, you need to click the Close button on the top left corner first and a small dialog box will pop out.

On the box, rename the audio file and decide the destination where you can find it, click Save, your file will be stored.

Preview Audio Mac


Now, the process of how to record voice on a Mac computer is clear to you. All three of the fore-mentioned tools are all very easy to use and have great performance is voice recording. Noted that Voice Memo and QuickTime Player cannot help you record the playback on Macs, use Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder instead.

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