Once upon a time in Audacity when I saved an audition, I could tell the program to export with a variety of options like… the hz I mention in my post subject.

Apparently now I cannot. In fact it seems like a lot of the options are gone now.

Or am I missing something?

Maybe things were stripped to make it simpler (kind of like that Windows failing) but all that’s done is make it where I can’t meet visual novel specifications for auditions and final files. Some folks are pretty picky about the hz they want things recorded in among other things. (They always required it be in 16-bit.) I’m no hz guru, so I can’t even begin to guess what of the few settings left are the right one. Same goes for mono and stereo. It automatically saves in mono… maybe? Argh.

I suggest you make sure you have Audacity 2.1.2 from us at http://audacityteam.org/download/windows. Please see the pink panel at the top of the page to find out what Audacity version you have now.

In 2.1.2 supplied by us, project rate at bottom left determines the sample rate of the exported file.

You can File > Export Audio… then use the Export Audio dialogue to choose file name, file format and encoding options for that format. The WAV 16-bit PCM export option is universally compatible and lossless.

If you have one or more mono tracks and you don’t pan them with the L…R pan slider on the tracks, then Audacity exports in mono.

If you have a stereo track or tracks and want to export as mono, select the track(s) and use Tracks > Stereo Track to Mono.

See Mixing Audio Tracks for more details.


In the lower-left corner of the Audacity window, you’ll see “Project Rate (Hz)”, and you can change it there before you export.

Hi there. First, I want to apologize for taking so long to get back to this. Work, real life. Those horrible mean things.

I just checked and yes I do indeed have Audacity 2.1.2.

So before I begin asking, going through your helpful answers, I need to know: was a LOT changed? Do I need to go through the manual again to avoid this scenario more? Ha ha…

Anyway, Okay. So it decides for me if it’s going to save in mono or stereo… that’s… a little annoying… I like being able to tell it which one I want. Sigh.

Found the bespoken Hz dialogue. Thank you!

“The WAV 16-bit PCM export option is universally compatible and lossless” - However, the requirements usually ask for 16-bit MP3. When I tell it to export in MP3, I don’t get such options… and those I need. I’m not dealing with major studios here, normally. I’m just someone who plays once in a while when she finds the time (and uses the experiences for learning). Even if I were dealing with major studios… what they ask for should be what they get if I can provide. Same goes for forcing me to choose between stereo and joint stereo when exporting in mp3. But they asked for MONO… Logically if I tell it to export in stereo, that’s what it’s going to export as.

But you guys have given me a good start. So one more question I am sure will solve the problem. Which is the most recent version of Audacity that I can roll back to that will have the options back - but won’t force me to roll back by five years? I could install them all and experiment, but if someone is willing to help me with the correct version I’d be very grateful. I only ask because I’m typing as fast as I can to this thread before I have to run and handle things.

I love audacity, a lot. I had Goldwave for a while but switched from it to audacity because I liked it better.

Do you have mono or stereo tracks that you want to export? If you have mono tracks, and you don’t move the L…R pan slider on the tracks, you need do nothing. The MP3 export will be mono whether you choose Joint Stereo or Stereo. It means “choice of stereo encoding if the tracks are stereo”.

If you have stereo tracks, the only way that 2.1.2 or previous versions of Audacity can force mono MP3 export is to use Tracks > Stereo Track to Mono before exporting (as I already said), or to enable “Use custom mix” in the Import / Export Preferences.

The next 2.1.3 release of Audacity will have an option to “Force export to mono” in the MP3 Export Options.

MP3’s are not really 16-bit even though some software will say that they are.


Just wanted to pop in. I found this AFTER I just sent another post asking for help on the same problem, as I had completely forgotten I’d posted this. While trying to find and delete that other post before it gets posted I found this and my questions are answered.

Just wanted to take a sec to thank the folks here for their hard work! And thank you for putting the force mono option into the new version, which I just now installed. Wonderful!