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    Jan 22, 2008
    how do i record sound
    I am a mac newbie and i use it during class, i was trying to find out if i can record the lectures onto the mac using the stock microphone? What software do i use and which is better to use?
    Thanks for the help.

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    macgig's Avatar
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    Mar 15, 2006
    20" 2007 Aluminum iMac 2.0 Ghz | 4 GB ram | 10.6.8
    I use audacity. its free.

    the internal mike should work. never tried in a class room settings, but im guessing it would work.

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    hughvane's Avatar
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    May 18, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    MacMini 2.4, 8 Gb, OS 10.10 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.6.8
    How far will you be from the lecturer? A simple condenser mic plugged into the audio-in port might be better for recording than the inbuilt one. If you can rig up a deflector cone just below the head of the external mic, that'll help divert the sound to the diaphragm. Making a simple stand for the mic would help too, but cushion it with foam rubber at its base.

    Both Audacity and Garageband will record the sound.

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    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2008
    thanks. i am not too far from the prof. i am usually within 20 ft.

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    Apr 14, 2008
    MacPro Quad 2.66, 1 Gig Ram, 2 x 250GB HDD, 1 500GB HDD---Black MB 2.0 Duo, 2 Gig Ram, 320GB HDD
    I would go with an small USB condenser mic. You can pick one up for under $100.

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    Sep 25, 2008
    MacBook Pro 15" 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; Airport Express
    Do you have microsoft office? If you do you can do it directly in Word. I've used it from the back of the room and it works great.

    Go to View - Notebook View. Then go to View - Toolbars - Audio Notes. A new menu bar will appear and will show that there is signal. Then just adjust the level to where you want it and hit record. This way you can record lectures and keep them organized based on the topic being discussed, or you can just let it run all the way through.

    You can also use Garage Band. Go to preferences - audio/midi, and make sure the Audio Input is set to "internal microphone". Then hit Shift+Apple+N, select real instrument and when you're ready hit record.

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