macOS High Sierra

Record audio only

You can make an audio-only recording with QuickTime Player.

Open QuickTime Player for me

  1. Choose File > New Audio Recording.

    The Audio Recording window with the Record button and the Options pop-up menu in the center of the window, and the volume control at the bottom.
  2. Click the Options pop-up menu, then choose any of the following recording options:

    • Microphone: Choose a microphone (if you have more than one available).

    • Recording quality: Choose the recording quality. Maximum-quality recordings produce uncompressed files, which can use large amounts of storage space.




    44100 Hz AAC audio


    44100 Hz, uncompressed Linear PCM 24-bit AIFF-C audio

  3. Adjust the volume control to hear the audio you’re recording.

  4. Click the Record button to start recording; click the Stop button when you’re done (or use the Touch Bar).

    To pause recording, Option-click the Record button ; click it again to resume recording.

  5. Choose File > Save to save and name the recording.