Audacity is software that allows for the creation of various audio files including MP3. This is software is complex enough that is allows users to be very creative but it is also user-friendly enough that even a basic user can use it to record mp3 files.

The program can be downloaded from the Audacity web site. After downloading, install the Audacity software on your computer.
In order to export mp3 files, Audacity needs the LAME mp3 encoder file. Download this file and save it in this location C:\Program Files\Audacity

Set Audacity Preferences (Edit > Preferences)

Audio I/O Tab

Device: Default Sound Card (most likely)
Device: Microphone
Channels: 1 (Mono) (for recording voice using a single microphone)

Quality Tab
Default Sample Rate: 44100 Hz
Default Sample Format: 32-bit float
Real-time sample rate converter: Fast Sinc Interpolation
High-quality sample rate converter: High-quatlity Sinc Interpolation
Real-time dither: None
High-quality dither: Triangle

File Formats Tab
When importing audio files: Choose "Make a copy of the file before editing"
Uncompressed Export Format: WAV (Microsoft 16 bit PCM)
MP3 Export Setup
Click "Find Library" > Locate your LAME MP3 encoder file
Bit Rate: 64 (or see below)
(from Podcasting News)
Adjusting the bit rate controls the quality of the audio and the size of the file. The lower the bit rate that you use, the smaller the file will be. In general, you should use the lowest bit rate that meets your audio quality expectations. Here are some settings to start with:

  • 48 - 56k Mono - sermons, audio books, talk radio
  • 64k+ Stereo - music, music & talk combinations
  • 128k Stereo - good quality music

Audacity Tutorials and Help
Audacity Tutorial for Podcasters - Video guides for using Audacity
Audacity Tutorials - Guides for using Audacity software
Podcasting News

Here is a link to an Audacity tutorial site.- JGeanangel JGeanangel Mar 10, 2006