I would like to use Audacity for recording live singing lessons. At the end of the lesson, the student would leave with an mp3 file on a removable hard drive.
I have previously used another program (RecordPad by NCH Software), which I could set to prompt me for a file name when I selected the Record button. At the end of the session, when I selected Stop, the file would be saved automatically to a preset folder and to the file name and type I had set as a preference. I have scrolled through the Audacity preferences, but I do not see this kind of process or option available.
Can I name a file before recording it in Audacity?
Can I ask/tell Audacity to export something to an Mp3 file before I record it?
If not, might this kind of functionality be added in the near future?
I suspect that, given Audacity’s current state–loading data first to a project, then exporting that data to a particular file type–what I am asking for may not be possible. The desirability of the process described above has much to do with tradition and with users who have followed the same routine for years/decades, first with analog audio cassettes, now with a computer. Our previous software emulates the old way very well, but we have to pay for software and updates, which is increasingly difficult in our current fiscal climate. I am wondering if Audacity can emulate our earlier technology in the same way. Thank you.
Windows 7 Pro
Audacity 2.0.5, from .exe installer (I think)