Many things have happened in the last few years. There have been a really good fork of Audacity called Tenacity. It has the same user interface and adds many more features than the original Audacity. Just like Audacity, it can also export the audio recordings into popular audio file formats like MP3, OGG or WAV. Many more audio file formats are available using the FFmpeg plugins. If you have never used Audacity and want to try Tenacity now, then you will find that recording audio stream using Tenacity is very easy.
Here is how you can record any sound into an MP3 file using Tenacity:
- First of all download Tenacity binaries from https://codeberg.org/tenacityteam/tenacity/releases. The downloads are available in ZIP format and both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.
- Extract the contents of the downloaded ZIP archive and launch Tenacity.exe from there.
- In the recording options of Tenacity, you can choose the input from Microphone, Stereo Mix, Microsoft Sound Mapper and more. More devices could be present depending on your PC hardware.
- Click on the record button in the toolbar to start recording your sound. Similarly, you can pause or stop recording by selecting the respective functions from the toolbar.
- From the file menu, select File → Export → Export as MP3.
- Choose the filename and a folder where you want to export the audio.
- It will ask you to choose MP3 related options such as bitrate, quality and channels (Joint Stereo, Stereo or Mono). You can leave it to the default options and click on the OK to proceed.
- You will be asked to enter any ID3 meta information. It is optional and you can click on OK to continue.
- It will encode and save your recording as MP3 file. Depending on your PC hardware and the length of the audio recording, it will take a shorter or longer time.