How to Record Sound on a MacBook

By Laura Preble

The MacBook is equipped to record sound in several different ways. Choosing which way to record audio depends largely on the purpose and fidelity needed for the recording. An application is needed to record sound for use in audio tracks; one of the most commonly used applications for this is GarageBand, which comes standard with the MacBook. MacBooks come with an internal microphone, but an external microphone can be used.

Things You'll Need

  • MacBook laptop
  • External microphone (optional)
  • Application program (GarageBand)

Simple Sound Recording

Step 1

Choose "System Preferences," located under the Apple icon at the top left of the screen.

Step 2

Choose the "Sound" icon in the "Hardware" section.

Step 3

Choose "Internal Microphone." If you have an external microphone plugged in through a USB port, select "Line in" to use that microphone instead.

Step 4

Adjust the input volume level (usually toward the middle of the slider bar) and use ambient noise reduction. Then select the "Output" volume level (also usually toward the center of the slider bar). You will see a slider labeled "Input Volume" and an indicator panel below it. When you speak or make a sound, the indicator lights should peak and show how loud the sound is.

Choose an Application

Step 1

Choose the GarageBand application.

Step 2

Choose "File" then "New Project."

Step 3

Choose "Voice" as the instrument.

Step 4

Choose an input at the bottom right box on the screen. You may choose "Built-in Microphone" or switch to any other microphone that might be attached through a USB port.

Step 5

Select a track and click on it. Your choices will be "Male Basic" or "Female Basic."

Step 6

Click on the red button at the bottom of the screen. You will now be recording your voice in the track on the screen. Press the "Stop" button or the red button again to stop the recording.