How to Make an Audacity File Into .mp3

Posted in: Digital Music by Goupidan on June 10th, 2009 | 1 Comment

A step by step tutorial.

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I have received many requests about converting the chipmunks files into .mp3, many people were suggesting 3rd party softwares, so instead, I’ve decided to post here about how to convert your Audacity projects into an .mp3 file itself by using a simple add-on to audacity. The add-on is known as the LAME MP3 encoder.

1. Download Audacity

2. Download the LAME MP3 encoder from the Audacity download page.

3. Depending on your operating system: do the following steps:

Windows

  1. Go to the LAME download page.
  2. Under “For Audacity on Windows”, left-click on the link “libmp3lame-win-3.98.2.zip” and save the zip folder to anywhere on your computer.
  3. When you have finished downloading the ZIP folder, unzip it and save the file lame_enc.dll that it contains to anywhere on your computer.
  4. The first time you use the “Export as MP3″ command, Audacity will ask you where lame_enc.dll is saved.
  5. In case of difficulty, please view our more detailed instructions on the Audacity Wiki.

Mac OS 9 or X

  1. Go to the LAME download page.
  2. Click to download either “Lame Library v3.98.2 for Audacity on OSX.dmg” or “LameLib-Carbon.sit”, according to your operating system.
  3. Double-click the .dmg to extract “Lame Library v3.98.2 for Audacity on OSX.pkg” to Finder, or use Stuffit to extract “LameLib” from the .sit (either of these may happen automatically).
  4. Double-click the .pkg to install “libmp3lame.dylib” in /usr/local/lib/audacity, or save “LameLib” anywhere on your computer.
  5. The first time you use the “Export as MP3″ command, Audacity will ask you where libmp3lame.dylib or LameLib is saved.

Linux/Unix

Follow these instructions on our Wiki to download and install a suitable LAME package from the internet.

4. Here you go! You know have an MP3 file ready to use for any video editor or MP3 player.

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