Creating an Audio File: Pt. 1 – Quicktime Player (Mac)

I’ve had several questions about the best way to create an audio exam, so I’m going to share a few different methods you can use. For this first post, we’ll be looking at how Quicktime Player can be used to create a basic audio file on the Mac.
Apple’s built-in Quicktime Player application does a ton of cool things beyond playing video files. One of these added features is recording audio. Here are the basic steps to recording your audio exam (or any other audio file) using Quicktime.
New Audio Recording
Open Quicktime Player from your Applications folder.

Select New Audio Recording from the File menu.

The Audio Recording window will appear.

Audio Recording Window
Select the record button from the center of the Audio Recording window to start your recording.
Stop Button
When you’re done recording, select the stop button in the center of the Audio Recording window.
Play Back
Your file is now ready to be saved. Press the play button to listen to your audio file, if desired.
Save Dialog
Enter a name for your audio file. Be sure to name it so that the purpose of the file is clear. For example, include the grade, subject, and specific test.
Your file will be saved to the location specified in the save window (your Desktop by default) with the .m4a file extension. You can now email the file or save it to your OneDrive account to be shared with the testing iPod administrator.
In our next installment, we’ll take a look at how to use Sound Recorder to create a simple audio file in Windows. After that, we’ll dive into an advanced recording option for each platform, starting with GarageBand on the Mac, followed by Audacity in Windows.
Happy recording!
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