3 Reliable Ways to Record Internal Audio on Mac

It can be quite difficult for many people to record internal audio on Mac for their tutorials, presentations, or videos that help to get realistic sound displayed. And for that, they go through many sources but don’t get enough information to resolve this issue. As a result, they get disappointed.

But don’t worry! In this article, we are going to share some amazing methods so anyone can record internal audio on a Mac and don’t have to struggle anymore, even if for performing simple tasks such as playing games, music, videos, or just a notification that pops up on a Mac.

So, without wasting any time, let’s see how to record internal audio on a Mac. 

Using QuickTime Player with Soundflower

QuickTime Player is a pre-installed tool to record audio and Mac screens. If you want to record internal audio, then it is a great fit. But for this, you have to install a plug-in because it doesn’t work alone.

You can install the Soundflower plug-in, which is an open-source kernel extension for MacOS. It creates a virtual audio output device that allows you to pass audio between different applications.

Here are the steps to use QuickTime Player with Soundflower:

Step 1:  Install Soundflower

Download and install Soundflower from its official repository or trusted source.

 Soundflower

Step 2: Soundflower Configuration

Soundflower allows you to redirect the audio on your computer, so you may use it to record audio internally while using QuickTime by changing the output device on your PC. 

Navigate to System Preferences on your PC and select the Sound icon to adjust the audio output. The list of available output devices will then appear when you pick the Output tab. 

There should be two distinct entries for Soundflower on that list: Soundflower (64 ch) and Soundflower (2 ch). Choose the 2-channel version for your needs; the 64-channel version is meant for more complex applications.

soundflower 2ch

Step 3: Set up QuickTime to record

To set QuickTime for recording, open the QuickTime Player. Then go to “File” and select the option “New Audio Recording.” After that, click the arrow next to the record button in the QuickTime window and select “Soundflower (2ch)” as the microphone source.

audio settings

Step 4: Start recording

To start recording, press the “record” button in QuickTime to access the internal audio. For better-quality recordings, try the Lark M1, which is an advanced noise-reduction wireless microphone. Once your recording is finished, press the stop button and save the recording. 

save recording

Using Audio MIDI Setup with QuickTime

Audio MIDI is a built-in setup available on Mac to combine inputs and outputs. This allows you to create an aggregated device or multi-output device. While creating an aggregated device or multi-output device, make sure to connect all the external audio interfaces first. 

Now, let’s see how you can use it:

Step 1: Create a Multi-Output Device

To create a Multi-Output Device using Audio MIDI, go to the Utilities and open “Audio MIDI Setup.” Then open the Audio Devices window.

Next, click on the plus button “+” that appears at the bottom in the left corner of the Audio Devices Window, and click on the option “Create Multi-Output Device” to select.

multi-output device setup

After that, tick the corresponding box in the column to select the devices you want to add to the multi-output device.

midi setup

Step 2: System Sound Output Configuration

Go to “System Preferences,” then the “Sound” option. After that, select the “Multi-Output Device” you just created, which appears under the “Output” tab.

output tab

Step 3: Use QuickTime for Recording

Press the “record” button in QuickTime to record internal audio. Click the stop button and save once you are finished recording.

internal recording

Use of Third-Party Applications

Several third-party applications are available online that are designed to record more complex audio recordings and can be used to edit as per your requirements. If you want to go with third-party applications, then you must try Audio Hijack and Loopback from Rogue Amoeba. These offer powerful tools for recording internal audio with more flexibility and options than the native macOS solutions.

Here, we have taken an example of an Audio Hijack. 

Step 1: Download Audio Hijack

To download Audio Hijack, go to the official website of Rogue Amoeba, then go to the “Audio Hijack” product page and download.

audio hijack

Step 2:  Install Audio Hijack

Go to the folder where the application is downloaded and double-click to start the installation process. Complete the installation while following the instructions. After that, locate Audio Hijack in the application folder and double-click to launch it.

Step 3: Configure the Audio Hijack

To configure record-setting, just click on the “Record” button in the bottom left corner of the session window.

audio hijack configuration

Step 4: Start Recording

Once the recording configuration is done, click on the “Record” button in the bottom left corner to start recording.

audio hijack recording

Step 5: Stop Recording

If you are done with a recording, then click the same button to stop recording and save it.

Conclusion

That’s all! We hope this post on how to record internal audio on Mac has helped you understand the complete process of recording, using third-party apps and other sources. To minimize security threats, always download software from reliable sources, and make sure the version of the program you’re running is the most recent. 

FAQs 

Q1. Can I record internal audio on a Mac without additional software?

No, Quick Time is a built-in recorder on a Mac that needs an output device such as Soundflower.

Q2. Is Soundflower safe to use for recording internal audio?

Yes. Soundflower is an open-source kernel extension for MacOS that is safe to use for recording internal audio.

Q3. How can I record both internal audio and microphone input simultaneously?

To record both internal audio and microphone input simultaneously, you need to use Quick Time and Soundflower together.

Q4. Are there any limitations to recording internal audio with QuickTime Player?  

Yes, Quick Time Player doesn’t record internal audio alone. For that, you have to install the Soundflower plug-in.

Q5. What formats can I save my internal audio recordings in on a Mac?

You can save your internal audio recordings in MP3 format on a Mac.

Q6. Can I edit the internal audio recordings on my Mac?

Yes, you can edit internal audio recordings on your Mac.

Q7. Are there free alternatives to Audio Hijack and Loopback for recording internal audio?  

Yes, you can use OBS Studio and the Movavi screen recorder for recording internal audio.

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