How to Record MP3 File

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Recording audio files especially MP3 files is necessary for several activities that require data in audio format. The quality needed for each recording depends on the audio input device and the recording software. You can use high quality recording devices for best results. Low quality microphones are good enough for simple recording needs such as in audio blogging or podcasting. Higher quality and more complex recordings usually for musical performances require additional recording instruments such as electric guitars and USB mixers.

Materials Needed:
- Audio input device
- recording instruments
- computer
- audio recording software
- audio converter
Step 1
Install the recording software and audio converter. Prepare the materials for the recording such as the audio input device and the recording instruments. Make sure they are in the proper place to maximize the quality of the audio output.
Step 2
Launch the recording program and set it on standby mode. Necessary preparations should be set up properly in order to avoid unnecessary re-recording of the performance.
Step 3
Click the record button on the recording application when you are ready to record. This would initiate the recording procedure. Continue recording until the desired record length. Focus on the quality of the sound during the recording session. Avoid unnecessary noises that may interrupt the performance.
Step 4
Return to the recording software once you finish the performance. Cut the recording session by clicking on the stop button. Do not be too hasty on stopping the recorder. Just focus on the quality of the audio you are recording.
Step 5
You may notice some unnecessary recordings that you do not want to be included on the output audio. The next necessary step is to edit the recorded audio. The recording software has a feature that enables you to cut some parts of the output.
Step 6
Edit some of the unwanted parts by either lowering its volume or replacing it with another recording. The changes you apply on the audio can be reverted back to the original by using the Undo function.
Step 7
You can rehearse the output by pressing the Play button once you finish editing and removing unwanted parts of the audio. This is a good time to evaluate the quality of your recorded audio. You may create some necessary changes before the audio is saved into the MP3 format.
Step 8
Use the export to MP3 command of the audio recorder to save the audio file as an MP3 file. Some recorders do not have this option; thus, you need an audio converter to do so.
Step 9
Open the audio converter. Select the saved audio and place it on the audio converter. You do not need to specify the .mp3 file extension since it automatically converts the audio file to an MP3 file.