Exporting to MP3

• Feb 6, 2015 - 18:31

I am wanting to export a file to MP3 but is says I need something called "LAME" Library. I'm a little confused. How do I aquire this?


In reply to by Shoichi

Thanks so much for the help. Just a note to others trying to download the file who might need a little extra coaching - Read everything on the http://lame.buanzo.org/#lamewindl link. Don't click on the big green or blue buttons. Scroll about 1/2 way down the page until you see:
RECOMMENDED Installer Package for Windows: Lame_v3.99.3_for_Windows.exe
(click on the blue file name link)

Notice where the downloaded setup file goes (probably your "download" folder). You can delete that file after the setup is complete. Double click on the "Lame_v3.99.3_for_Windows.exe" file. Click "Run" in the warning menu. Click "Yes" to allow changes. Then follow the instructions in the LAME Setup Wizard. Once installed it should allow Musescore to seamlessly export MP3 files using the Musescore menu.

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In reply to by Shoichi

For some time now I have been trying to export to MP3. The first one of the day often, but not always goes through. That is it takes about 5 sec. and the full score goes through. Not always, however. Some times it is very slow and then just gives up and only 835 bytes (i.e. almost nothing) gets exported. Quite often the MuseScore application just crashes. If one makes a change and then tries to export, it takes and average to about 20 tries to get it to export properly - i.e in about 5 sec. If it doesn't go though quicky it wont export properly. This problem has become worse with latest versions of MuseScore. I have 2.3.2 and am using the latest version of Windows. I have discussed this on another forum of MuseScore but nobody could help. I have two friends who have experienced the same problem , but as they don't write as much as I do, the problem is not serious for them.


In reply to by Tamara T

MuseScore 2. For MuseScore 1, it was in File / Save As. Either way, you need to select MP3 as the filetype in the drop down, and it also helps to be sure to specify ".mp3" in the filename you export to (although this is more crucial for some operating systems/versions than others).

But if for some reason you are still on MuseScore 1.x, first step would be to update - the improvements are pretty staggering.

I think that now that the MP3 patent has expired, it would be possible for all open source software to include the encoder within the installer without jeopardizing the GPL license.

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