Really basic editing question

Hi. I am using Audacity v 2.0.4 on Windows 7, and I simply want to create a new MP3 file from a portion of a longer audio file. Setting the Start point and Stop point in the Selection toolbar is easy. If I then hit the Play arrow, I hear the desired section. But despite trying to do this by reading the manual, I am still baffled as to how to save the selected section as a new MP3 file. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


If the new section is “highlighted,” then File > Export Selection > MP3 [options].

Two problems:

Making an MP3 from another MP3 will double the compression distortion, so if the original music was right on the edge of honking and bubbling, the new file may be unusable. You can get around this by using a pure MP3 editor like mp3splt.

You won’t get MP3 export with fresh-from-the-store Audacity. You have to add the Lame software to do that.


Kosikowski: Thanks so much; it was the lack of the LAME plug-in that was stymieing me. All set!