Using Audacity from WorldStart

By circusboy01
May 11, 2012
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  1. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 804   +9

    Cliff I used your download link, and got a warning, that it's a dll file, used by the operating system, and editing or modifying could damage my system. Is it safe to go ahead and click " open with"? Are there any precautions I should know about.?
  2. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 820   +19

    Cliff's link looks ok. Go ahead with it. It's been a long time since I used it. I hope you use my instructions on how to edit your tracks, tho. It really isn't bad once you try it.
  3. mike1959

    mike1959 TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,033   +15

    Hi circusboy01, You may know this already, but Audacity can record only in it's own format (.aup) but it can import (File/import) tracks in other formats.
    The special case is mp3. The authors of Audacity and all other audio programs cannot use the mp3 encoder (called Lame)without permission, because it is copyright to the Fraunhofer institiute, who invented it.
    If you want to encode your music in mp3 (you might not) then you have to get Lame yourself, and then point Audacity to where it is saved on your pc. That happens the first time you try to use mp3, but not after that.
    If you don't use mp3. then you don't need Lame.
    More mp3 info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3
    If you want to burn your cassette audio tracks to CD, then you need to burn them in .cda format, which is not quite the same as .wav, and Windows media player will do that.
    I use the program Trueburner by Glorylogic, and the option Create audio CD.
    Nero will do the same, and so will Deepburner.
  4. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 804   +9

    Thanks I will use your instructions, when I decide to edit the tracks.That is if I ever have any tracks to edit. ;0)
  5. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 804   +9

    (.aup) would be fine. I just, still, don't know how to get there. I'm hoping, after I get lame the mp3 mode will be easier to find . Don't think I want ,wav I tried using it back when I was downloading music using Kazaa and dial up. After only a few songs my hard disk was full. The programs you mention in your last paragraph. Are they free?
  6. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 804   +9


    Okay Cliff I went ahead and clicked on open with. Took me to windows can't open this file. Got a choice of letting Windows? try to find a way to open the file. I ended up with free music, free games and free screensaver icons. Deleted all that. Tried choose an existing program to open it. One of the choices was Windows Media Player. Tried it. Don't remember exact wording. But, in essence WMP said it would try to open the file. Turns out it couldn't. Now when I try to start over a choose a different program to open the file, I can't. It just goes right Back to WMP. Which, like I said won't open it. Guess I really messed up this time.
    Should I use Programs and Features (Add/Remove) or Revo Uninstaller to get rid of Audacity, and Lame ( if it's there), and start over?
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,769   +1,427

    I have never experienced this issue and don't understand why you would have this issue, unless you clicked a wrong link on the page.

    The lame_enc.dll is only important if you wish to export your project to MP3. You can still record, edit, and save your work without using the lame_enc.dll file.
  8. mike1959

    mike1959 TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,033   +15

    Hi circusboy01, I think you have got 95% right with Audacity, but it is a strange program to use when you are not used to it.
    So to make a recording, connect cassette unit first, then pc power on.
    Open Audacity. Look at the ruler scale along the top, just above 5.0 is the microphone icon, Next to it is the down arrow. Click that and choose Start monitoring.
    If you start the cassette you should hear it through the pc speakers. So set the point on the cassette you want to start from.
    In Audacity press the red record icon. Press play on the cassette. You should get purple left and right sound waves on screen.
    After 10 seconds or so , press the Yellow square icon to stop the recording. Stop the casstte.
    In Audacity press the purple 'skip to start' icon, it's to the right of 'Stop'.
    Press the Green play icon. You should hear your recording.
    To save it, go up to 'File', go down the list to 'save project as.' click 'ok' on the next part.
    Type in a name for your track, and it will be saved as an Audacity type file e.g. it will play in Audacity but not in any other program.
    Probably a good idea to create a new folder to save your recordings to first.
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 820   +19

    Since you ran my link, you might have the lame encoder in program files\lame for windows or program files\lame. See if you have it there in (my) computer or by using explorer. Like they said, you could also use file->export as wav but I didn't find wav files to work when I used audacity years ago. They were all distorted.


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