How to Export Files

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Is your file ready to export?

  1. Have you checked for background noise?
  2. Have you checked that your volume is about 89 dB?
  3. Have you named your filename follows the instructions in the first post of the project thread?

If yes, then you are ready to export your file to an MP3!

Exporting with Audacity

(The steps below are a short outline. For a more complete tutorial, please check out this guide.)

  • If using Audacity 1.3 or later:
  1. Click File > Export
  2. You'll see the "Export file" window appear. You can select the destination here, of course. Enter the name of the file (without the "mp3" on the end - it'll be added for you).
  3. In the "Save as type" box, select "MP3 files", but DON'T click Save yet!!!
  4. Now look for the "Options" box in the Right lower corner of the window, and click on that.
  5. You'll see a "Specify MP3 Options window now. Here make sure the following are selected (you should only have to do this once, Audacity will remember your settings):
    1. Constant
    2. 128 kbps
    3. Joint stereo
  6. Click "OK"
  7. Now click on "Save", and your mp3 will be exported at 128 kbps.


  • If using Audacity 2.0 or later:
  1. You must have something recorded in order to activate the Export function. If you try to export an empty project, you will find that the Export function is greyed out. For testing purposes, just click the record button and then stop after a second or two.
  2. Click File > Export > Export as MP3
  3. You'll see the "Export Audio" window appear. You can select the destination here, of course. Enter the name of the file (without the "mp3" on the end - it'll be added for you).
  4. The "Save as type" should already be selected as "MP3 files". DON'T click Save yet!!!
  5. Now look at the "Format Options" box.
  6. Here make sure the following are selected (you should only have to do this once, Audacity will remember your settings):
    1. Constant
    2. 128 kbps
    3. Force export to mono
  7. Now click on "Save", and your mp3 will be exported at 128 kbps.