I am a HUGE fan of the free, open source audio editing program Audacity. I installed Audacity on a new Mac today, and was pleased to learn that the default Mac installer for the LAME encoder now has an installer file, and places the LAME “library” in a convenient location which is easily browseable from Audacity preferences.

Default install location for LAME for Audacity (Mac)

Downloading the LAME library (or in the case of Windows-based computers, the LAME “DLL” file) and “pointing” Audacity’s program preferences to this file is required if users want to export in MP3 format. Because of licensing issues, the open source developers of Audacity cannot legally distribute the LAME encoder with the Audacity program. LAME is legally free to download and use, but it must be obtained separately.

This process of messing with the LAME encoder isn’t terribly complicated, but for teachers who have not had much experience installing new applications on their computer or even navigating to unfamiliar directories / folders within their operating system, it can be an overwhelming experience. For that reason, early in our Celebrate Oklahoma Voices / Storychasers workshops on digital storytelling we made a decision to just SKIP installing and using the LAME encoder. The first day of our 2.5 day workshops on digital storytelling are spent with Audacity, and day 2 we introduce images with either iMovie or PhotoStory3. We’ve found both programs work fine when digital storytellers export their final, edited audio narration from Audacity in WAV format instead of MP3, and import that audio file so it can be sychronized with still images.

I think the Mac LAME download and installer has been “easier” like this for some time, but I have not had an opportunity to use it personally until today. Hopefully they’ve made the Windows-based installer similarly user-friendly. Does anyone know if it is?

Long live Audacity!

Technorati Tags:
, , , , , , , , ,

Did you know Wes has published several eBooks and "eBook singles?" 1 of them is available free! Check them out!

Do you use a smartphone or tablet? Subscribe to Wes' free magazine "iReading" on Flipboard!

If you're trying to listen to a podcast episode and it's not working, check this status page. (Wes is migrating his podcasts to Amazon S3 for hosting.) Remember to follow Wesley Fryer on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook and Google+. Also "like" Wesley's Facebook pages for "Speed of Creativity Learning" and his eBook, "Playing with Media." Don't miss Wesley's latest technology integration project, "Mapping Media to the Curriculum."

On this day..

Share →

One Response to LAME much easier to install on latest Audacity for Mac

  1. AllanahK says:

    I was wondering if you had seen


    It’s a very Garageband like audio on line interface. I like it cos it already has loops for you to use and adapt and you can easily record your own voice and export as an mp3



Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Made with Love in Oklahoma City