Updated 12.13.17 for Audacity 2.2.1

Audacity is used to record the speaking section of World Languages AP Exams and is an excellent in-school recorder.

Install Audacity 

There are 2 items to download. They will appear in your Downloads folder.

  1. Download #1: Click on this link to download the installer for the latest version of Audacity Audacity 2.2.1 .dmg file
  2. Download #2: Next click on this link Lame Installer , and on the tab that opens, click the link pictured below

Install Audacity

  1. Step 1
    1. Open your Downloads folder (Finder > Downloads)
    2. Double click the first download to install Audacity
    3. Drag the Audacity icon to the Application folder.
    4. Click Open. Audacity will install in your Applications folder.
  2. Step 2
    1. Double click the second download to install the Lame Library This allows export of audio as an MP3 file. 
    2. Double click the yellow box to install the Lame Library 
    3. Note: If you get a message saying “Lame library cannot be opened because it is from an unidentified developer,” click Ok. Open System Preferences, click on Security & Privacy, click on the lock icon at the bottom and enter your password to unlock it. Choose Anywhere (for older OS) or click “Allow lame encoder” for newer OS. You can minimize this window and change it back to Mac App Store and Identified Developer when the installation is complete.
    4. Click Continue. Click Install. Type your password (to your laptop). Click Install Software. Click Close.
    5. From your desktop, drag the Audacity  and Lame Library installer icons to the trash.
    6. Click the Launchpad on your Dock and drag Audacity to your Dock, or open Finder and click on Applications, then Audacity to open the program.

Audacity Online Help Manual

This guide opens with a clickable picture of the Audacity project window. Hover your mouse over the tool or icon for a description and click for directions.

Check your headset

  1. AFTER PLUGGING IN YOUR HEADSET, THEN OPEN AUDACITY.  If Audacity was already open, quit Audacity first (Audacity menu > quit or command+Q), then plug in your headset. In Audacity, click the down arrow next to the microphone icon and select your particular headphones/headset.
  2. Click the Apple icon (top left), choose System Preferences, click on Sound, click on Input tab, and make sure that your headset is selected as the input device. If you are using the soundboard in the Audio Studio, choose the CODEC microphone
  3. Be sure to test Audacity and make sure the sound is coming from the headset before you start recording.

Check your volume controls

  1. Be sure your computer volume is turned up
  2. Click on the Apple icon > System Preferences > Sound
    1. Click on the Input tab
    2. Be sure the volume is up and the input level moves as you talk.

 Recording Setup

  1. Click record and talk at a normal volume. Watch the Recording Meter and try to get it around -6. Up the volume on your device if the meter is too low.
  2. Record a short test recording by clicking the red circle to record and the black square to stop. Playback with the green arrow. To erase a recording, click and drag to select it and press the delete key on your keyboard.

Playing Audio

  1. Press the green Play button to start playback.
  2. Press the two lines Pause button once to pause playback, and again to resume.
  3. To stop, press the square Stop button.
  4. You must press Stop if you want to edit the track.
  5. The space bar can be used to either play or stop. After stopping, playback resumes from its last starting point

Exporting your audio file

  1. Record a sample recording.
  2. Click on the Audacity File > Export > Export as MP3. 
  3. In the Save As dialog box, name your file (as required by the AP Exam if needed). Please no characters in a file name except  choose where to save it (desktop is easy to find). Click Save. In the next window, click OK.

AP Exam,

  1. Find the AP Exam shared folder
    1. Open Finder. Locate Shared on the left sidebar, and click ALL.
    2. In the right column, double-click gps6.
    3. Click Connect As (top right of window) and enter your username (without @gps.edu) and GPS password. Click Connect.
    4. Double click Public folder. Double click the AP Exam folder. Double-click either AP French or AP Spanish.
    5. Drag your recording into the finder window.
  2. Drag your recording from the desktop into GPS6 > Public > AP French (Spanish, Latin) folder.


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