How to Change Bit Rates with Audacity

By Techwalla Contributor

Bit Rate is the number of bits that are processed per unit of time. So for normal Internet radio 32kbps(32 kilo bytes per second)for standard CD quality about 128kbps. I have often had problems finding programs that can easily and freely change the Bit Rate of songs but Audacity does it flawlessly. So you'll learn how to change the Bit Rate of songs.

Things You'll Need

  • Audacity 1.2 or 1.3
  • Audio you wish to edit
  • Computer
  • Mouse

Step 1

Download, Install, and Open Audacity

Step 2

Open Audacity and click FILE, IMPORT..., to Choose which audio you wish to edit.

Step 3

After Importing audio..see picture

Step 4

After you have imported the music/audio you want simply go to the top left bar and hit FILE then go down to EXPORT... and it should pop up a save window.

Step 5

Choose where you want to save your file and even in the drag down bar you can choose the type of file you want to save it is(preferably MP3)...then before you hit SAVE, click the button that says OPTIONS and it should bring you to another pop up screen.

Step 6

When the OPTIONS page pops up select CONSTANT, then under the QUALITY drop down select the Bit Rate you want, from 8kbps to 320kpbs. Also keep the box that says STEREO Selected. There are many other options in this page so if you don't like these settings just play around with them and see what setting is best for you.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't save audio such as much to small because this can compromise the quality of the audio and to big then you will have an unnecessarily big file.