If you have just downloaded Audacity and are wondering how to export your file as an Mp3, wonder no longer…
Audacity does not export files to Mp3 format without the LAME encoder. This encoder is also free to the public and can be downloaded here:
Once you have downloaded the files place them in your Audacity folder and open up the program. Now you should be able to open up the File menu and Export as Mp3
How do I change the quality of my Mp3 in Audacity?
Changing the quality of your Mp3 file will make the size of the file larger. For general purposes, 160kbs should serve your needs as it is very close to CD quality. However, if you want to retain the highest amount of definition in your Mp3 you can climb to around 320kbps which will take a 4 minute track to around 10mb.
To change the Mp3 quality setting go to File or Audacity (depending on what edition you have) and find Preferences in the menu. Once inside the Preferences panel select File Formats and you will find the option to choose the quality of your Mp3 export down the bottom.