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Audacity

Sound Track Basics: Adding Additional Tracks

When you are recording with Audacity, you may desire to add an additional track into the project you are working with as opposed to opening a new, separate project. By adding the track to the existing project you can play them simultaneously. You can also create multiple takes of a track and then determine which is of the best quality. There are types of non-audio tracks that assist you in editing and organizing your project. This document provides instructions on how to record a new track, import a file, cut and paste, and use non-audio tracks all within an existing project.

return to topRecording a New Track in an Existing Project

Recording a new track in an existing project creates an additional track, separate from any existing ones.

  1. With an existing project open, from the Input pull-down menu, select Monitor input
    Input pull-down menu

  2. Test your input device to make sure it registers on the Input meter
    EXAMPLE: Speak into the microphone. If it is working properly, you will see the red bar on the input meter move.

  3. Click RECORDRecord button
    A new track appears at the bottom of the project window.

  4. Begin recording

  5. When you are finished, click STOPStop button
    Your audio has been recorded on a new track.

return to topImporting an Audio File

When you are working in a project, you may wish to add a track that has already been recorded outside of your current project. Instead of re-recording it into the project you are working with, you can import it as a new track.
NOTE: It does not matter what format the outside track is.

  1. With an existing project open, from the Project menu, select Import Audio...
    The Select one or more audio files... dialog box appears.
    Select one or more audio files dialog box

  2. Navigate to and select the file you wish to import

  3. Click OPENOpen button
    The audio file appears on its own track at the bottom of the project window.

return to topCutting and Pasting Selections

You can cut and paste parts of an existing track or tracks onto either an inserted blank track, or onto an existing audio track. There are two types of blank tracks you can add: Audio and Stereo. For more information on cutting and pasting refer to Sound Track Basics: Arranging Tracks.

Track Type Description
Audio track An Audio track is a blank one channel track you can cut and paste parts of other tracks onto. If the existing tracks you are working with are one channel tracks, it is recommended your blank track be an Audio track.
Stereo track A stereo track is a blank two channel track you can cut and paste audio onto. If any of the existing tracks you are working with are stereo, it is recommended your blank track be a Stereo track. If you cut from a Stereo track and paste onto an Audio track, Audacity will automatically combine both of the Stereo channels into one channel on the Audio track.
  1. Open your project

  2. To paste onto a blank track, from the Project menu, select New [type] Track
    A new track appears at the bottom of your project.

  3. Using the Selection toolSelection Tool buttonselect the portion of a track that you want to copy

  4. Click COPYCopy button
    OR
    Click CUTCut button
    NOTE: Cutting the selection will remove it from the original track.
    The selection is copied to the clipboard.

  5. Place the cursor on the track and location where you wish to paste

  6. Click PASTEPaste button
    The selection is pasted onto the track.

return to topAdding a Label Track

The Label track allows you to make notes in reference to certain parts of your audio track. When reviewing a track you have recorded, you may want to make reference labels at certain parts of the track. You can do this by adding a Label track.

  1. With your project open, from the Project menu, select New Label Track
    A Label track appears at the bottom of your project window.

  2. Using the Selection toolSelection tool button, click on the Label track at the location you wish to make a label
    NOTE: There will not be any visible cursor.
    HINT: To make a label while the audio track is playing, press [Ctrl] + [M]. The label will appear at the point where the cursor is during playback.

  3. Type the text of your label
    A note appears on the Label track.
    Label track

Deleting a Label

You may find that you have placed a label in the wrong position, or that due to changes made to the audio, a label has become unnecessary. You will need to remove the label.

  1. Using the Selection toolSelection tool button, select the label you wish to delete by clicking it
    A box will appear around the text and the flag will turn white.
    Delete label box

  2. Backspace until all the text has been removed from the box
    Label box

  3. Press [Enter]
    The label is removed.

return to topAdding a Time Track

The Time track allows you to adjust the rate of playback over time. By using the Envelope tool you can manually adjust the time track. In doing so you can speed up or slow down the playback in specific isolated areas of your track, as well as determine the rate at which it will speed up or slow down.

  1. With your project open, from the Project menu, select New Time Track
    A Time track appears at the top of your project window.

  2. Click ENVELOPEEnvelope tool button

  3. Using the Envelope tool, set a Control Point by clicking on the time line
    Time track

  4. Using the Envelope tool, adjust the time line by clicking and dragging a CONTROL POINT
    HINT: Moving the line above the initial Control Point will speed up the playback, moving the line below will slow it down. Moving the line towards the Control Point will lower the rate at which the playback speed changes, moving the line away will increase the rate.
    Time track

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