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HOWTO #0: The Basics

Setting up your system

MediaDefendr (beta) supports Open Source software. All of our tutorials assume that you have installed Audacity. Click on the Audacity logo below and follow the directions to download the latest version for your operating system. Don’t forget to come back!

Download Audacity!

Opening tracks in Audacity

To bring mp3s into your Audacity project, just drag-and-drop them from explorer windows like this:

You’ll then have to wait a moment as Audacity imports the song:

If it is successful, your song will be loaded as an editable track that looks like this:

Saving your Audacity projects

To save your Audacity project, click on “File” in the top menu and select “Save Project”.

Note that Audacity will create a file ending in .aup AND a folder containing lots of little .au files. When you want to work on your project again later, double-click on the file ending in .aup.

Sharing your Audacity projects

To make mp3s, you need to download LAME from here. Put all of the LAME files somewhere on your hard drive and make a note of where they are saved.

Once you have installed LAME, start the export process by clicking “File” from the top menu and choosing “Export as MP3…”:

You should now have a file that ends in .mp3. This is a file people can put on iPods or play on their computers.

The easiest way to share this file is to upload it to a site like After you finish uploading the mp3, you will be given a URL pointing to your file. Post a comment somewhere on MediaDefendr (beta) and paste this URL so that other people can hear what you’ve made!

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