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imadetheswitch
03-20-2007, 09:28 AM
I know at some point I had found a way to record through my internal microphone a simple voice note and save it on my computer.

I've been trying to do it again and can't figure it out.

Is there an application on the mac to do this, or am I imagining that I did it once?

thanks....

Carl Stawicki
03-20-2007, 10:14 AM
Depending how recently you bought your Mac, you will have GarageBand, which is overkill for simple voice notes, but it's there. You can also look at the free Audacity if you don't have GB.

Carl.

Reacher
03-20-2007, 10:57 AM
You can get Ben Shanfelder's free Audio Recorder here (http://versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/17392).

regulus6633
03-20-2007, 01:47 PM
Quicktime does this, just choose "new audio recording" from the "file" menu.

styrafome
03-20-2007, 02:08 PM
You need the paid QuickTime Pro version to do a recording in QuickTime Player.

roncross@cox.net
03-20-2007, 03:12 PM
$30 to make a audio recording using QT PRO is pricesless, isn't it?

brother_aaron
03-20-2007, 03:31 PM
voice candy is a neat little app (http://www.potionfactory.com/voicecandy/), but if you're making personal notes for to-do items, writing, or brainstorming i really love using omnioutliner where i can make voice notes right in my outline(http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/).

roncross@cox.net
03-20-2007, 10:54 PM
With voice notes using QT PRO, it saves it as a mov file. Can Windows' users play these files automatically?

imadetheswitch
03-21-2007, 09:52 AM
Thanks everyone. Checking out someof your suggestions.
I must have been dreaming because I remember doing it on my mac without downloading anything and it was a real simple program. Not garageband.

ThreeDee
03-21-2007, 12:17 PM
Back in OS 9, there was a program called "SimpleSound" that came with new Macs.

roncross@cox.net
03-21-2007, 12:44 PM
You would think that Apple would make audio recording standard but oh well.

Foibles
03-21-2007, 06:25 PM
Sound studio? That came on one of my macs.

roncross@cox.net
03-25-2007, 03:34 PM
I know at some point I had found a way to record through my internal microphone a simple voice note and save it on my computer.

I've been trying to do it again and can't figure it out.

Is there an application on the mac to do this, or am I imagining that I did it once?

thanks....

Yes, you can use iMovie to record vote notes. Save it as a project, navigate to the .mov file or the media directory where the project is saved and your voice recording will be saved in the project. This way, you need nothing new. Why heck, there may even be a way to automate this process using automator.

kalub
11-09-2010, 03:30 PM
All you have to do it go to quick time, click on file, click on new audio.

Thats it.

renaultssoftware
11-09-2010, 04:28 PM
What's the OP's OS?

mclbruce
11-09-2010, 10:21 PM
Not Snow Leopard, or Leopard, because they didn't exist in March 2007.

QiSoftware
01-23-2011, 12:29 PM
Depending how recently you bought your Mac, you will have GarageBand, which is overkill for simple voice notes...

Carl.

Yes, is there an easy way to record from your mac using GarageBand? This program baffles me-- and today-- when I needed to record something in a hurry-- I found a copy of Sound Studio-- which Mac no longer offers with the OS.

I was looking for a how to .. but did not find one.

Q...

renaultssoftware
01-23-2011, 02:47 PM
QiSoftware:

Add a track (blue, Real Instrument), and then press Record, then speak. After that you can stop the recording, then save it.

QiSoftware
01-25-2011, 10:26 AM
QiSoftware:

Add a track (blue, Real Instrument), and then press Record, then speak. After that you can stop the recording, then save it.

Thank you very much-- that worked.

Q...

giskard22
01-28-2011, 07:18 PM
Open QuickTime Player, then check out the options in the File menu.

512ke
01-30-2011, 11:12 PM
Back in OS 9, there was a program called "SimpleSound" that came with new Macs.

That goes all the way back to system 6. Just one more thing that was so bone simple in the old OSs. Seems like a couple times a week I run across a little task that was a quick grab of a DA app in the old OS and a klunk to do in the 'modern' 'much improved' OSX

jomumford
01-31-2011, 03:36 AM
And if you have Office the 'Notes View' lets you make audio recordings from the Tools menu. Tried it once, only a gimmick for me, but it works. (Office 2004 anyway)

QiSoftware
01-31-2011, 10:48 AM
Open QuickTime Player, then check out the options in the File menu.

You have to have the PRO version of Quicktime to record.

Q...

renaultssoftware
01-31-2011, 04:34 PM
You have to have the PRO version of Quicktime to record.

Q...

Not in 10.6.

xxVipeRxx
12-15-2011, 04:07 PM
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I know at some point I had found a way to record through my internal microphone a simple voice note and save it on my computer.

I've been trying to do it again and can't figure it out.

Is there an application on the mac to do this, or am I imagining that I did it once?

thanks....

Easy this should be on most macs, however if you have Snow Leopard You should Try this, The Solution is Just 3 Clicks away:


Applications-->Utilities-->Podcast Capture

Here is How it should look

Step1- Applications
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Step2- Utilities
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/835/2screenshot20111216at61.png/

Step3- Podcast Capture [The actual program]
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/267/3screenshot20111216at61.png/