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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 29 Dec 2020 2:51 pm    
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Is there a safe and free online download? Thank you, Dale
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Carl Kilmer


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Post  Posted 29 Dec 2020 3:48 pm    
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Dale, try this. I've used it for years and it's free.
https://www.pazera-software.com/products/audio-extractor/
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 29 Dec 2020 5:20 pm    
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Thank you Carl, This works perfectly. Thanks for your help. Dale
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Scott Duckworth


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Post  Posted 20 Jan 2021 3:55 am    
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Audacity will also do it, and give you some neat editing tools.
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 20 Jan 2021 6:33 am    
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Thanks Scott, I have the Audacity program but it won't allow me to convert wave to mp3. I forget right now what comes up when I try to do that. I will get back and maybe you can tell me what I need to do to get Audacity to convert. It will allow me to export as a wave file, just not to a mp3. Thanks for your reply. Dale
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 20 Jan 2021 9:00 am    
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I use WavePad by NCH Software. I have an old version - the new one won't save to mp3. Is there some commercial reason why some do and some don't?
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Jim Fogle


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Post  Posted 20 Jan 2021 10:55 am     Updated Audacity Has Encoder Is Built-In
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Dale Hampton wrote:
Thanks Scott, I have the Audacity program but it won't allow me to convert wave to mp3. I forget right now what comes up when I try to do that. I will get back and maybe you can tell me what I need to do to get Audacity to convert. It will allow me to export as a wave file, just not to a mp3. Thanks for your reply. Dale


Dale,

Audacity uses a free MP3 encoder called lame. Audacity for Windows and Audacity for Mac have it built-in per the Audacity manual: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_installing_the_lame_mp3_encoder.html

The latest version of Audacity is v2.4.2. Older versions did not have the lame encoder built-in. You can check what version of Audacity you have by navigating to "Help" > "About". You can download the latest version from here: https://www.audacityteam.org/
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 20 Jan 2021 1:00 pm    
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Jim, I think that you have solved my problem. My version is an older one. I will try and down load the newer version. Thank you Dale
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 20 Jan 2021 1:08 pm    
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Jim, It looks like Audacity 2.4.2 is for windows 10. I am running win 8.1. any Ideas from here. Thank you very much for your help. Dale

Edit... my version of Audacity is 1.2.6
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Scott Duckworth


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Post  Posted 21 Jan 2021 4:21 am    
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Dale, I did a search to see if I could find some instructions for you, but didn't really find anything. I can't help you, as I run Audacity on Linux Mint.
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 21 Jan 2021 6:03 am    
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Thanks Scott, Carl's suggestion works for me. I've just always wondered why I couldn't export songs as mp3 with Audacity. Now I know why. Thanks to all. Dale
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Carl Kilmer


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Post  Posted 21 Jan 2021 7:57 am    
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 21 Jan 2021 8:31 am    
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Hi Carl, I have Audacity 1.2.6. I now run Win 8.1. I also had it on a desk top with win XP. Was unable to export as mp3 on that computer also. If I understand properly, it's because I did/do not have lame. It seems that I need lame for windows XP and 8.1. Thanks so much for taking the time. Dale
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Jim Fogle


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Post  Posted 21 Jan 2021 9:44 am    
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Dale,

I'm glad you found a solution that works for you.

Just so you'll know, V2.4.2 Audacity should work with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. They say if you have trouble getting it to work, let them know on the Audacity forum and they will help you to trouble shoot and get it going.

https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Audacity_Versions#compatibility
https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Windows_8_OS

I was surprised to learn Windows XP is supported all the way up to v2.1.3 and even Windows 98 can use V2.0.0.
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Carl Kilmer


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Post  Posted 21 Jan 2021 9:45 am    
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 21 Jan 2021 10:32 am    
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Jim and Carl, thanks for your help. I will try and update Audacity this evening to 2.4.2. I will let you know what happens. Thanks again. Dale
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Carl Kilmer


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Post  Posted 6 Feb 2021 3:16 pm    
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Glad you got 2.4.2 and all is working for you now. Very Happy Very Happy Smile
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 6 Feb 2021 5:57 pm     thanks Carl
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Carl, Yes Audacity 2.4.2 is working fine, and thank you for the tip for the Pazara download. It works great also. Thanks to all for the help. Dale
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Jim Fogle


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Post  Posted 7 Feb 2021 7:23 am    
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Dale,

I'm glad you got 2.4.2 working. Audacity is hard to beat. It does a lot of audio things really well.

Carl,

Thanks for the tip about Pazera. I had not heard of that utility program. It looks like it can be a great program to have in my audio toolbox.

Also, thanks for following up and making sure all is well. I assumed all is well but it is much better to ask the question and know for sure than to just assume everything is working as expected.
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 7 Feb 2021 9:15 am    
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Yes, sorry I was so slow getting back. Thanks again for every ones help. Dale
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Robert Jones


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2021 8:47 am    
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Not sure if you have found what you are looking for yet Dale but if not then try this. I have been using this program for several years and I love it. It's free but it stays updated as well. Robert

https://www.mediahuman.com/download.html
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Dale Hampton


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Post  Posted 15 Feb 2021 7:27 am    
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Robert, Thanks for the info. For now I'm in good shape. Audacity 2.4.2 and pazera are working for me. Thanks again for every ones help. Dale
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