Using Audacity: Installing Audacity

Audacity is free, open source, recording and editing software.

Audacity cannot encode MP3 files by itself because the MP3 encoding algorithm is performed by a separate Open Source mp3 engine called the LAME encoder.

In order for Audacity to be able to export in MP3 format you will need to download and unzip the separate LAME encoder . Placing it in the same directory as audacity is one option. The first time you try to export to mp3 you will be asked to point to the location of the lame encoder.