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"Cuéntame algo" -- Recording Procedures: Downloading Audacity

Explains how to download Audacity and the LAME encoder to record and create an MP3 file

Getting Audacity and LAME

You can create your recordings using any software capable of capturing and exporting sound in the MP3 format. If you're familiar with Garage Band, for example, you can ask to borrow a Macbook at the Information Commons desk and use that in a private study room.

This guide explains how to use a program called Audacity -- loaded to your own computer or one borrowed from the library -- to create a recording for use in the Cuéntame algo project.

Begin by downloading Audacity at this site. If this is your first experience with Audacity, it's best to choose Version 1.2.6 rather than the beta. (Unless you have Windows 7 or Vista--in which case, download the beta and take a close look at these instructions: Win 7.)

Follow the default installation steps; then, look for LAME under the Optional Downloads heading and download it as well.

If you would rather work from a handout, here's one that explains in more detail how to download and install both Audacity and LAME. And if you prefer to watch a short video that shows the steps, here's one of those.

When you have questions about Audacity, feel free to get in touch with me (see contact information at right), or with Deanne Cobb-Zygadlo in the deFrancesco Language Resource Center (Room 107). 



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Dan Stafford
Rohrbach Library 100A
(610) 683-4482