| From "dick coker" <dicknkath@...>
| Sat, 23 Sep 2006 16:54:35 +1200
| Subject: [Audacity-help] Splitting Tracks
| Meanwhile I cannot say that your advice did not work, as I
| could not even understand it.
| What does "put two labels in the track and name them "first" and
| "second" mean?
Obviously I am assuming you would reference abridged instructions in
one email with detailed instructions given in previous emails.
You have already seen this link about how to add labels
and I suggested earlier you try a test labelling of a track for
" I would do a simple export multiple of two files from one track,
for practice : add one label at the start of the track, type "first"
in the label; add a second label half way through the track,
type "second" in its label. Then File > Export Multiple
and in the dialog that follows:
* Export Format WAV
* Export Location C:\ (so you can find these files easier)
* Split files based on labels (uncheck "include audio before
* Name Files using label/track name
* Press Export button. You should have first.wav and second.wav
"Put two labels in the track" means use Project > Add label at
So here is how to add two labels in the track step by step.
Take your mouse and click anywhere on the track you recorded. Press the
HOME key on your keyboard which puts the cursor at the start of the track.
Take your mouse and click on the Project menu at the top of the screen
and then in the dropdown that now appears click "Add label at selection".
You can also hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard , press B, then
release both keys, which does the same thing. Note the label track and
flag marker which has now appeared underneath your recorded track,
which marks the start of the first track. That marker is a label into which
you can type the name of your first track if you wish. To do that: just
type with your keyboard immediately after adding the label and when you
have typed the name, press enter on your keyboard to save the name. If
you make a typing error you can use the backspace on your keyboard to
delete the wrong characters and retype.
Decide where you want the start of the second track to be and place the
cursor in the track at that point by clicking there with your mouse, then
press CTRL + B or click File > Add label at selection, and type the name
of the second track as before.
Please try that. If you find Label Tracks too confusing, simply don't use
them! Instead select each section of your track that you want to export
as a separate file, and then Edit > Split so that each section is split
out onto its own track. At the end of the splitting, close the original
track you were splitting out of by clicking on the [X] in its track panel.
Then either use Export Multiple to export all the visible tracks at one go,
or even simpler, select each one in turn by clicking in its track panel and
then File > Export Selection As.... which will export just that one selected
track. So if you have 10 tracks you have to do 10 Export Selection As...
commands but it may be easier to comprehend?
| When I attempt to record audio tapes into the computer I click
| on the Audio icon then I click on "new" and 2 tracks appear, but
| when I record no activity takes place in the lower track. Should
| the lower track be there? if not, how do I get rid of it?
If you are not managing to record properly then obviously there will be
no audio data in any files you export. Is that what you mean by your
frequent references to "projects disappearing"? If you want to record
you do not have to open any new tracks or Projects, you just press
the red record button and a new track will open with the recording taking
place in that new track. Note if you do not see a waveform in the screen
with peaks and troughs when you record, you are not recording anything
except silence. Try closing Audacity, reopening it and going through the
list of steps underneath this message to set up the recording properly.
Here are the steps for transferring cassettes to your
computer using Audacity.
1 The cassette player has to be connected from an "out" port
on the player (usually the headphones port) to the line-in port of
the computer (normally coloured blue, but check your computer
2 Click Edit > Preferences > Audio I/O tab and set both the playback
and recording devices explicitly to your inbuilt sound or the sound
device you want to use. Do not select "Microsoft SoundMapper" on
3 Select line-in as the recording source on Audacity's mixer
toolbar dropdown input selector
4 If you want to record in stereo, change the recording channels on
the same Audio I/O tab to "2 (stereo)".
5 Next, set the volume level of your recording input. Right-click on
the downward pointing arrow in the right hand (red) recording
and click "monitor input". While playing a loud part of your cassette,
adjust the recording level slider on the mixer toolbar so the
recording meters are almost reaching the far right hand side (but not
far enough to bring the red hold lights on). If the recording level
meters are not visible, click Edit > Preferences > Interface > Enable
6 Decide if you want to "monitor" your recording, that is, hear it
played back as you make it. If you do, open Sounds and Audio devices
in the Windows control panel, and unmute line-in as a playback device,
and turn the volume up. If this does not work, choose "software
playthrough" on the Audio I/O tab.
7 Create a new Project by clicking File > Save Project As. Start your
recording by pressing the red record button. You can pause and
restart the recording between tracks or sides with the blue pause
button, which keeps your recording on one track within Audacity.
If you want to start new tracks or sides of the cassette on a new
track in Audacity, press the yellow stop button, then the red record
button to restart recording on a new track.
8 When you have finished recording, press the yellow stop button and
save your recording into the Project you started (File > Save Project).
Now the data is safe, you can edit it in Audacity if you want to
(e.g. cut pieces out), or come back to it later by re-opening the saved
Project file (File > Open). See here for explanations of basic editing
9 When you are happy with the recording, you need to export it as an
audio file (File > Export) that you can play on your computer such as
.WAV or AIFF. If you export the recording as a .WAV or .AIFF file, you
can also burn that file to an audio CD. See:
If you want to export your recording as an MP3 file, you need to
add the LAME encoder to your system - see
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