Recording audio from a website on a Mac is difficult because there is usually no download option available. You can use your Mac's internal microphone and speakers, but they also tend to pick up the noise around you.
Instead, we recommend that you use a virtual audio driver along with a native audio recording app like QuickTime Player. We are going to show you below how to record audio from any browser on your Mac.
First, set up the BlackHole Audio driver for your Mac
Before we can record audio from websites using the native apps, we first need to install a virtual audio driver.
You can use a virtual audio driver like BlackHole to record the sound of internet browsers and other apps on your Mac. A virtual connection will be made between the heading of the audio out to your speakers and the audio in on your Mac. That way, you can route the audio from a browser straight to a recording app on your Mac.
Once you have registered on the BlackHole website, you will receive an email with a download link stating your two-app option: a two-channel or a 16-channel version. Choose to install the two-channel package as it will be enough.
After the installation, you may need to restart your Mac.
After restarting your Mac, you can choose the BlackHole audio driver as audio input and output whenever you want to record audio from a website.
This is how it works:
Press the Apple Icon in the upper left corner of the menu bar and select System settings.
Click on that output Tab and select Black hole from the list displayed.
Finally click on Entrance Tab and choose Black hole.
Since it is a virtual audio driver, you don't have to worry about external sound being recorded. While the BlackHole audio driver usually works just fine, here are some quirks to be aware of:
Every time you want to record audio, you need to select the BlackHole audio driver as the audio input and output.
You will not hear any audio while recording.
Switching to the BlackHole audio driver is a hassle. To make things easier, create an Automator workflow or write an AppleScript and automate the process with a keyboard shortcut.
After installing BlackHole, use either of these two apps to record audio from web browsers on your Mac
1. QuickTime Player
In addition to playing media files on your Mac, QuickTime Player can record audio, video, and even your Mac's screen. When it comes to audio recording, you have basic options: a record button, a volume control, and a file size counter.
To use QuickTime Player to record audio from websites, you must select the BlackHole audio driver to route audio from input to output first.
Then, to use QuickTime Player to record audio from a website in any browser, do the following:
to open QuickTime Player.
click file in the menu bar and select New audio recording.
Press the recording Click the button when you're ready to record audio through a browser.
Hit that Stop Button when you are done.
You can see a timer and file size counter for recording in QuickTime Player.
After you've finished recording, you can also preview it in QuickTime Player. If you want to shorten the recording, go to Edit> Trim or press Cmd + T.. Then drag the yellow handles on the trim bar to highlight the part that you want to keep.
QuickTime Player lets you record audio for as long as you want. And you can save the final clip on your Mac or an external drive.
2. Voice memos
Voice Memos is the best native Mac app for recording, playing, and managing audio files in one place. It's available for all Macs running macOS Mojave and above.
Before you start, select the Blackhole audio driver as the sound input and output as shown above. Then, do the following to record audio using the Voice Notes app:
to open voice Memos.
Press the recording Click the button if you want the app to start the browser's audio recording.
Hit that Done Button when you want to stop recording.
When you've recorded an audio clip, click the recording to give it a name of your choice.
The voice memo app also lets you pause and resume recording whenever you want. To edit the audio file, click To edit Click the button in the top right corner of the app window to launch the editing options. This allows you to trim the beginning or the end of the recording.
You can also use the Enhance button in the upper right corner to reduce background noise captured in the recording.
The voice memo app limits the recording time indefinitely and saves the recorded audio in the app. You can then share these recordings with other apps.
If you want to access and move the recorded files on your Mac, you need to launch Finder and press Shift + Command + G. to open Go to the folder Window. Then enter the following folder path:
~ / Library / Application Support / com.apple.voicememos / Recordings
As soon as the Finder opens the "Recordings" folder, your recordings will be arranged in date order.
Easily record audio from browsers on your Mac
Now you know how to record audio from websites using QuickTime Player or the Voice Notes app on your Mac. You can test both apps before recording audio.
Both apps allow you to record and edit audio from browsers. The Enhance option in the Voice Notes app is useful for cleaning up background noise. In the meantime, QuickTime Player gives you the flexibility to save your clips directly to an external drive.
Since the editing function is pretty straightforward in both apps, you should check out the best audio editors for macOS for more options.
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Samir Makwana is a freelance technology writer and editor with work from GSMArena, BGR, GuidingTech, The Inquisitr, TechInAsia, and others. He has a Masters Degree in Journalism and writes to help people get the most out of their technology. In his spare time he reads books and graphic novels, tinkers with the web server of his blog, with mechanical keyboards and his other devices.
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