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Audacity® is a free software used for recording and editing sounds. This tutorial covers instructions for downloading and installing Audacity 1.2.6 to an Intel-based Mac. Anyone on a Mac can also use GarageBand (part of the iLife suite from Apple) to make MP3 recordings. Please refer to the built-in instructions in GarageBand should you need assistance with GarageBand.

To download Audacity to your Mac...

  1. Go to the Audacity Web site at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/.
  2. Click the link that corresponds to your Mac.
  3. Once the download has completed, open your Downloads folder, then open the Audacity folder.
  4. Click the Audacity icon.
  5. Choose the language you want Audacity to use. Click OK.

This is the Audacity interface. You can now begin recording.

Before recording, check your audacity audio settings to make sure that your recording and playback devices are selected:

  1. Click Preferences from the Audacity menu.
  2. Click the Audio I/O tab.
  3. Select your recording and playback devices from the Playback Device and Recording Device drop down lists.
  4. Click OK.

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