Mac users have plenty of inexpensive choices to capture audio recordings and take notes. Garageband is free on each Mac, but perhaps cumbersome to use simply to capture audio from a meeting or classroom. Here’s a quick look at two useful Mac apps; one that free and captures audio and notes at the same time, and the other an inexpensive, minimalist very easy to use voice recorder.
First up is Mic Note and it is what you think it is. It’s a notes-taking app combined with an audio recorder which makes it child’s play to record lectures, meetings, interviews, simple memos, conferences or anything else where you want to capture as much detail as possible with the least amount of effort.
Mic Note is incredibly intuitive. Notes are saved and organized in the lefthand sidebar with navigable folders. Notes are typed in the main section and that even has a few word processor tools, including font styles, lists, etc.
At the top of the interface is the audio record and playback transport system to record, stop, pause, and even speed up playback. Now, get this. As the app records the meeting and you take notes, the audio time is placed in the notes section. Mic Note is free though there is a Pro version with more features.
At the other end of the scale is a minimalist audio recorder app that I just started using. It’s called Voicey and what it does is what Apple should do in OS X already. To record audio on a Mac you can use QuickTime Player or Garageband. The former is ultra minimalist and a bit inconvenient, while the latter is the ultimate overkill for simple audio notes and memos.
Voicey lives in the Mac’s Menubar and gives you a drop down window with audio controls to record, pause, stop.
Voicey couldn’t be much easier to use and it’s more convenient than either QuickTime Player or Garageband, and more so than most other audio recorders. When I said minimalist, I meant very minimal; there are no bells and whistles. Click the red button to start recording. Click Pause or Stop to stop the recording. Even settings are minimal. It just sits there waiting to record something, and that makes it a very good audio memo recorder.