Once you have setup your PC to record and play, you are now ready to record sounds. Press the record button (Red), say a short sentence, the sound will be shown as a sound wave.
This visual way of seeing sound becomes very familiar after a while, you can spot high and low points in your recordings and become proficient in “seeing” sounds.
We can then edit, add effects, music and more tracks should you require them.
This may be a good time to save your file, just in case your PC crashes!
There are two ways to save our files –
As an audacity project: This only opens within Audacity. Ideal for editing later or saving a file which maybe used in another recording project.
Export File: Once we are happy with the file this is the option to choose, we can then select MP3 and give this to someone to play. This will be a mixed down version and NOT easy to edit later as any voice, music and effect will be mixed as one version.
If in doubt, save as an Audacity project and export an MP3.
With the new versions of Audacity this information is no longer relevant, should you have an older version – download the new version or follow the information below regarding MP3.
One-time only set-up: This can be complicated, please take your time, this is also covered on video, should you need help.
Should you want to convert a recording to compressed MP3 format.
Audacity can, but it needs an add-on to do so.
The add-on is a library called ‘LAME’.
A free copy of LAME that is compatible with Audacity is available from the lame.buanzo.org site. (Buanzo is a technology and security consultant from Argentina).