creating 2 separate tracks

I am using version 2.0.0. on XP home, SP3.
OK… bear in mind I know virtually nothing about ‘audio stuff’! All I would like to know is, can I create a new stereo file, then have separate sound tracks in each. Say for example in the LH channel have the sound of a trumpeting elephant and in the RH channel a voice saying “run for your life” so the two tracks run simultaneously - don’t know why I picked this example, it’s not what I actually want - but can I do it?

Sure. Stereo is just two separate sound tracks that by convention are related, but they don’t have to be.There are USB microphone adapters that naturally record that way. Microphone one appears on the left and microphone two appears on the right. You can do whatever you want with the two microphones.

In Audacity, you can have two separate mono (one blue wave) performances and using the drop-down menu on the left, Make Stereo Track.

That’s good for production effects, but you don’t want to produce a theatrical show like that. There’s a reason dialog in a multi-channel, surround movie always comes out of the middle of the screen.

You should produce in WAV format. MP3 and some of the other compressed formats can mess with the relation between left and right.