In a recent podcast/post, I say/write:
Be a “big spender” and pay the $40 or less for an audio recording and editing package. It can be fairly basic. It only needs two features: deleting a portion of the recording and saving it in mp3 format. There are some programs you can download for free and try out.
You can download the free Audacity recorder and save your hard-earned cash.
Note that you’ll have to download the free LAME MP3 encoder (hey, I didn’t name it!) to save in MP3 format.