Recording Audio with Audacity
Navigate to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
Download the appropriate version for your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Once downloaded, install Audacity by double clicking on .exe file
By default, Audacity is unable to export recording as an mp3 file. To do so we must download the LAME Mp3 Encoder plugin.
Download the LAME Mp3 encoder plugin found at http://lame.buanzo.com.ar/
Once the download, the file will appears as a Zip file. Unzip the Lame.dll file into c:\program files\Audacity Open Audacity
Select Edit and Preferences
Be sure the Bit Rate setting for the LAME encoder is 32. This is an ideal setting for verbal podcast in that it keeps clarity and manageable file sizes.
When recording verbal podcasts, be sure your microphone is set to mono. This will ensure a manageable file size for sharing with others.
When finished recording, Audacity creates a blue sound wave for us. This is a visual representation of the recorded audio. The higher peaks display the volume of our voice, while lower or flatter parts of the display little to no audio.
Editing the Recording
Audacity provides the ability to crop audio files. This is generally used to remove unnecessary information such as vocal pauses (e.g. ums, uhs) or mistakes that may have been made during the Podcast.
Audacity has built in effects tools such as Fade In, Fade Out, and many more.
Saving the Project
To save your project, choose File and Save Project As. The sound file and edits you have made will be saved. The saved file can be opened and edited again at your leisure.