How many ways can you record audio on your Mac? Many. More than many. Too many. Heck, Apple itself bundles QuickTime Player (with a built-in audio recorder) and the multi-track Garageband audio recorder and mixer into every new Maac. Both are free. What’s not to like?
Well, for one, QuickTime Player’s recording controls are, um, anemic. And Garageband is at the other end of the scale with far more options than most people want just to record someone speaking, singing, or playing a guitar or piano in front of the Mac’s screen. Are there better options? Yes. As in, yes indeed.
If you’re looking for drop dead simple and inexpensive, then Voice Recorder does exactly that.
Click the red Record button to record audio through your Mac. Click Stop to stop. Export audio files as M4A, WAV, AAC, MP4, and CAF, but not MP3 (which is so 1999 anyway). Not bad for a few bucks.
What if you want to record audio with a click, but you want to do it on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Watch? And save it on iCloud so the audio files are available wherever you and your Apple gadgets go?
That’s Just Press Record which works on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch, and uses iCloud, and all you need to do to record is, well, just press the red Record button.
There isn’t must to like here but what is here you’ll like. Just Press Record records with a click or a tap or a tap to the app on Apple Watch. Audio quality can be 96kHz at 24-bits, and records as WAV, AIF, M4A/AAC. But not MP3. That’s so 1999. All the JPR versions can save to iCloud.
It even features hands-free recording using Apple’s new AirPods. Got Watch but not iPhone? No problemo. JPR records on Watch and syncs up later.
Did I forget to mention the Speech to Text option? How forgetful of me. For iPhones using iOS 10, JPR lets you transcribe whatever you speak and record into text. In differently languages even.
What you’re not going to get are extra features like noise filters, compression options, and all the cute but cumbersome features found in Garageband. Guess what? Whatever JPR records goes into Garageband anyway, and that means you can go crazy with all the built-in audio features anyway.
I use Just Press Record on my Watch (Watch microphone is surprisingly good at picking up voices) but both iPhone and Mac can use external microphones to improve recording quality. JPR isn’t free and you won’t get confused with feature overload, but the name says it all. Just Press Record.