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Audacity: Exporting an Audio File (MP3, WAV, etc)

Audacity, Version: 3.1.3. Be aware that different versions of Audacity will vary in appearance and functionality.


When the project is finished with editing, it needs to be exported as an audio file in order to be played outside of Audacity. Be aware that exporting will consolidate tracks and edits, which means that if the exported file is opened with Audacity, there will be only one track and previous edits will no longer be editable. When editing a project, always work from an Audacity project file.

To export:
  1. Navigate to File > Export > Export Audio.
  2. Enter a name for the file.
  3. Locate and select the desired storage location.
  4. Click the “Save as type” drop-down, and make a selection (MP3 or WAV).
  5. (Optional) Adjust other settings as desired. The default settings are sufficient for most projects.

  6. When done, click Save. If an alert window appears, click “OK.” 
  7. (MP3) In the Metadata window, add an Artist Name (group/your name), Track Title (title of podcast/project), and Year. Metadata is used to display file information in audio players such as iTunes.
  8. When done, click “OK.” After the export is complete, the audio file will be saved in the selected storage location.



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KeywordsAudacity, workshop, software, production, guide, editing, audio, exporting, audio file, mp3   Doc ID86095
OwnerJanelle B.GroupPacific Lutheran Univ
Created2018-09-27 11:18:42Updated2023-08-04 15:28:19
SitesPacific Lutheran University
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