Audacity help needed

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Darklldo
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Post by Darklldo » November 3rd, 2017, 11:40 pm

Hi, I'm new to all this. I have downloaded 'Audacity' but when I open it I find this message:

Audacity can't be opened because the identity of the developer cannot be confirmed.
Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the App store and identified
developers.

Apparently there is a question of whether it's safe.

Can anyone help me?

Please?

:(

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Post by tovarisch » November 4th, 2017, 6:14 am

If you want to run Audacity, change your security preferences. That's what the message says.

Your desire to run Audacity is at variance with your desire to have only Apple-approved software on your computer.

To record for LibriVox you don't need Audacity. It's only recommended because vast majority of LV readers use it. You can use any other software that would allow you to have the final recording in MP3 format, 44100 samples per second, mono, encoded at 128 kilobits per second constant bitrate.
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Post by Darklldo » November 4th, 2017, 12:54 pm

Thank you tovarisch, I figured that was the problem, but I am totally new to all this and need some recommendations about what I could use instead - could you make some suggestions please?

darklldo

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Post by tovarisch » November 4th, 2017, 1:49 pm

I have tried Ocenaudio, it's free, not sure if it's approved by Apple, though. I have also tried Reaper. I heard that many pros do that. It's not free, but it's not too expensive, either. And probably OK by Apple.

Apple has its own sound recording software (GarageBand), but we've seen many folks having problems trying to save mono MP3s with it. There Adobe Premiere (if I recall correctly), which should also suffice, but it's probably the most expensive of all I know. There is 'Studio One' from Presonus, but it's also not free if you want to do MP3...

Choices, choices...
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Post by Cori » November 4th, 2017, 1:53 pm

I think Garageband would be good to try first, if you have it free already. :) We do have some active GB users around here who can help out. There's a page in our wiki with more info, including the issues other people have seen.

I wonder if it would be possible to save at a higher bitrate (or in stereo) and then use different software just to change the settings to what we need. Perhaps an online tool like http://online-audio-converter.com (this is the first hit I googled, not anything I'm recommending from personal experience.)
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Post by Darklldo » November 5th, 2017, 12:59 pm

Thank you Torarisch and Cori :)

Cori I investigated Garage Band and found they have a new download, so have gone ahead with that. Thank you for suggesting it, I know nothing about recording on the computer so it is nice to have some advice.

Darklldo

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