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Old Jan 21, 2013, 05:43 AM   #1
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I want to record my voice using the built-in system.

Please tell me step by step how to do this.
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 05:52 AM   #2
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  • Go to Finder
  • press CMD+SHIFT+A
  • go to QuickTime Player
  • select it and open it
  • once open go to the Menu Bar
  • click FILE
  • then click NEW AUDIO RECORDING
the input should already be set to the internal microphone
  • now click the round button with the red dot in it to record your voice
  • click that button again (now it has a black square in it) to stop the recording once you finished what you wanted to record
  • then go to FILE and click SAVE AS and save it where you want

Sadly QT Player is not smart enough to save it as a .wav or .aif or .mp3 or any other audio file format, but saves it as QuickTime movie (.mov), thus you can use iTunes to convert it to a proper format.

To do that
  • open the .mov in iTunes (add it to the library)
  • go to iTunes Preferences (CMD+,)
  • then go to the GENERAL section in there
  • then click IMPORT SETTINGS at the bottom
  • under IMPORT USING select the appropriate format
(WAV and AIFF encoder are lossless and take about 8 MB for one minute of audio,
AAC and MP3 encoder are compressed formats, thus you can have, with the right settings, a file, that takes 1 MB per minute of audio
  • close the Preferences window via CMD+W
  • select the mov file in your library
  • right click on it
  • click "Create ... version"
  • right click on the new file
  • select "Show in Finder"
Boom, there is your file.

Does that suffice?
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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Or, using just the built-in hardware, you could download this one-click recording application.
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