Audacity is a free audio editing tool available from http://www.audacity.sourceforge.net. It is commonly used to create .mp3 sound files for audio podcasts for educational or recreational purposes. This is a quick and easy tutorial in the basics of using Audacity.
Go to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/, click “Download,” then save and install the Audacity program.
Go to this website, and download the last version, which should be at the top.
The LAME program will be in a zipped folder. Extract the file “lame_enc.dll” and save it, preferably into your Audacity program file.
Make sure that the input device is plugged in before starting the program. The next step is getting a microphone. A USB headset is often a better option than a standard microphone for this type of recording, but either one will do.
Open the Start menu on the lower right-hand side of the screen if you are using Windows, or the corresponding menu if you are using a Mac.
Select “Audacity” and open the program.
Select the “Audio I/O” tab.
Choose the “Channels” drop down box.
(Also, if using a USB recording device such as a USB headset or webcam,
you may need to change the Recording Device as well).
Now, select “File Format.”
Select the option, “Make a copy of file before editing (safer),” as this will create a copy of whatever sound file you are working on.
Select “Find Library.” Browse to where you saved your “lame_enc.dll” file and select it. Note: if this step was done upon installation of Audacity, it may not need to be done here.