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Tutorial - Ways to Record and Edit Audio on Mac

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1. Free Audio Recorder/Editor for Mac

Whether you're wanting to become the next Bob Dylan or start your own podcast, there is of the best software around to help you make this a reality. Free Audio Recorder/Editor for Mac allows you to record audio directly from Mic, CD player, line-in devices, web pages or iChat, Skype, Real player, iTunes, QuickTime, VLC, etc. The recordings can be saved into any formats you need.

Step 1. Input Audio

After launching Free Audio Recorder/Editor for Mac, click "File - Open..." and in the activated window, choose the audio file you want to edit, then click "Open". Or you can drag the audio file icon to the Free Audio Recorder/Editor for Mac icon directly.

Input Audio

Step 2. Select a Part of the File

After that, you will see the waveform of the audio in the program window and the ruler above the waveform shows you the length of the audio in minutes and seconds. click the "Selection Tool" and move the mouse to the point you want to set as the beginning point and then drag along with the waveform to the point set as end point. Or you can input the start, end and length of time to choose specified region at the bottom of the editor.

Select a Part of the File

Step 3. Edit the Selected Part

Now you can edit the selection by clicking the buttons of cut, copy, paste, trim, zoom in/out, silent audio, sync-lock tracks and so on. You can use unlimited Undo & Redo to restore some operations made during the editing. Moreover, other tools like Draw tool, Envelope tool, Time Shift tool are available to suit your needs.

Edit the Selected Part

Step 4. Save the Changes

When the editing is finished, click "File - Export Audio" and in the activated window, input the name for the audio and choose the output folder and then click "Save".

Edit the Selected Part

2. QuickTime Player

The QuickTime application included with your Mac isn't just a video-playback tool. Ever since QuickTime Player X was released, it has provided some very simple ways of recording audio from external audio devices. With just one "Click & Record", you will record any QuickTime movies into MP3 with the original audio quality.

You can edit any audio file for free in Mac OS X thanks to the bundled QuickTime Player app, which comes preinstalled on every single Mac. You can use QuickTime to edit just about any audio file as the app supports many audio formats. So, if you want to quickly edit an audio file in Mac OS X without downloading any other apps or software, try QuickTime Player.

QuickTime Player

3. Garargeband

Garargeband is an excellent multi-track audio recorder that comes with every Mac. But there are some features missing for audio aficionados. Audio file conversion, precise audio editing and fast loading.


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