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Audacity only requires a computer and a microphone to get started. The software can be used on both Macs and PCs. All library computers have the software installed, and the library loans out snowball mics for high-quality audio recording for 24-hours. 

Getting Started

Step 1: Download Audacity

  • "Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems." (Download Audacity

Step 2: Download the LAME mp3 Encoder

  • The LAME mp3 Encoder exports files from Audacity as an mp3 file. (Download LAME)

Step 3: Directions for Downloading Audacity and LAME

Tutorials, Music, and Sounds


  • Audacity from Berkeley: Includes directions for recording, importing, editing, and exporting sound files as a finished mp3.

Creative Commons

"Creative Commons Licenses Explained" by MaconEastLibraryProject is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Music and Sounds

Recording Audio with your Smartphone

Recording Audio with an iPhone:

Recording Audio with an Android: