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.
  1. Open the QuickTime Player program from the /Applications folder.
  2. Click on File.
  3. Select New Audio Recording.
  4. When you are ready to start recording, click on the red button in the middle of the Audio Recording window.

    QuickTime Player Audio Recording

  5. 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.

    QuickTime Player being recorded

  6. 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.

    QuickTime Player Export As

    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 afconvert

Note: this procedure was written for QuickTime 10.4, but should be similar for other versions.


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