Recording audio on a Mac OS X system with QuickTime Player
If you need to create an audio recording, e.g., to record a lecture, etc., you
can do so with a Mac OS X system using the QuickTime Player application that
will likely be in the
/Applications folder on the system.
Open the QuickTime Player program from the
Click on File.
Select New Audio Recording.
When you are ready to start recording, click on the red button in the middle of
the Audio Recording window.
When you start the recording, the button changes color to a dark square
within a white circle and you will see the time incrementing on the left
side of a bar in the window and the size of the file for the recording
incrementing on the right side of the bar. When you are ready to
stop recording audio, click on that button.
Then click on File and select Save. You can then type a
name for the file, associate tags with it and choose where the file
will be saved.
If you click on the upward arrowhead to the right of the Export As
field, you can browse to a location to store the file. The format for the
audio file is
MPEG-4 Part 14 with an .m4a extension. If you wish to convert the file to
another format, you can use iTunes or the command line tool
Note: this procedure was written for QuickTime 10.4, but should be similar
for other versions.