Audacity Icon Using Audacity - How To

Windows and Mac Sound Recorder

The interface of Audacity is basically like a tape recorder. There are buttons for Play, Record, Rewind and Fast Forward. And its really that simple to use!

audacity controls: Play, Record etc.

To Test it out:
Connect a microphone or use the built in one (laptop)
Hit Record and Speak
Hit Stop
Hit Play

You should now hear your voice being played back.
If you do not click HERE for Troubleshooting Help

To Save as MP3
Go to File Menu
Click Export and Select MP3 from the Save As Format Pull Down Menu

The first time you do this will be asked to locate your LAME plug in.
By default it is here:

C:\Program Files\Lame For Audacity