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Recording and Saving - Audacity
Instructions on how to record and save your Audacity audio files for playback in other media players.

You must have a working headset with a microphone in order to record audio.Recording with a laptop's built-in microphone is NOT recommended.

Quick links to sections in this article:
Recording
Saving
Save Warning
Video

Recording Your Audio

Step 1:Open Audacity.

Step 2:Make sure that a microphone and speaker are selected.

Step 3:Click the record button.

Step 4:Record your audio by speaking into the microphone.

It is recommended you keep your audio to 7 minutes or less.

Step 5:Click the stop button.

You've now recorded your audio.You can pause the audio if you need to get a glass of water or answer the phone and continue recording later by clicking the pause and record buttons.



Saving Your Audio

Step 1:To save your file for playback with other players, such as Windows Media Player, click File and Export.

Step 2:Navigate to where you would like to save your audio file and name it.

Step 3:Select what kind of audio file you would like. MP3 is recommended.

MP3 is one of the most common file types and is recommended. Several audio players and CDs also play WAV files.

Step 4:Click Save.

Step 5:An Edit Metadata pop up will appear. You can leave this blank. Click OK.

You have now saved your audio file.
Save Warning

You cannot save your file for use with other media players by clicking File, then Save Project.

When you save a file this way, you are creating a file that only Audacity can open. You CAN NOT play this file with a different audio player, such as Windows Media Player.

A warning will appear with this information when you try to save a file with Save Project.



Video
To watch a walk through video of exporting an audio file, watch this Hoonuit video.

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