How to Record Internal Audio on Mac [with/without Soundflower]
Last Updated on December 30, 2020 by Robert Jackson
Since QuickTime, the built-in program of macOS only supports to record the external sound from the microphone, lots of Mac users keep complaining about the fact that they cannot record the internal sound on their computers.
To record the internal sound on a Macintosh, QuickTime Player or Voice Memo is no longer helpful. You need to find yourself a perfect Mac audio recorder to record the internal sound on your Mac computer.
In this tutorial, you can find out 2 methods to record the system sound on a Mac computer. Hopefully, you can have a perfect audio file with the help of the following methods.
Can I still use QuickTime Player to record the internal sound on Mac?
QuickTime Player is helpful to record the internal sound on your Mac computer with the help of Soundflower – an audio extension that is massively used in Mac computers for audio recording.
Use QuickTime Player to record internal sound on Mac with Soundflower?
Step 1 Install Soundflower on your Mac.
- You can click here to download.
Step 2 Set up for the Soundflower output device.
Step 3 Record internal sound
Should you use QuickTime along with Soundflower to record internal sound?
From my point of view, to set up Soundflower is not an easy task. You need to locate a lot of items and tick several options. If you miss one or make just one mistake, QuickTime cannot record the internal sound relatively.
Also, QuickTime has quite a few limitations.
Now, you might wonder how to record internal audio on Mac without Soundflower and QuickTime. You can try Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder.
How to record internal sound on Mac without QuickTime&Soundflower?
As the most advanced video and audio recording software on the market, Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder has an incredible performance in recording internal sound on Mac.
- Mac Screen Recorder can record all sounds, internal or external, separately or simultaneously.
- You can use the one-press shortcuts to activate an audio recording.
- A user-friendly interface is offered.
- The format and quality of the output files are adjustable.
- It supports desktop recording, you can use it to record your onscreen movement.
These’re what Mac Screen Recorder can do for you, wanna give it a go? Here’s how you can use it to record internal sound on your Mac.
Step 1 Download Mac Screen Recorder on your Macintosh
Step 2 Choose Audio Recorder
Launch the software, on the interface, choose Audio Recorder to record internal sound. You may go to Preferences to set up the shortcut, format (m4a, mp3, wmv, aac) and quality (low, middle, high, lossless) of output files, etc.
Step 3 Record the internal sound
On Audio Recorder, you need to turn on the System Sound option and turn off the Microphone option. In this way, the software will only capture the sound coming from the system.
Click REC, or press the default hotkey Ctrl + Cmd + S on your clipboard to start recording. A process bar will appear, you can see the time of your audio file, you can pause the recording if there is anything you don’t want to capture.
When you finish your recording, click Stop or press Ctrl + Cmd + S.
Then, you’re available to listen to the audio you just record, you can trim it too.
Click Save, the audio file will be stored on the Mac.
You can check that out on the Recording history of Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder.
To warp up:
Now, you know how to record internal audio on your Mac, right? Go and try it yourself. By the way, if you want to record desktop or onscreen activities on your Mac, you can try Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder as well.