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Audacity

Editing Sound Tracks

In an audio project that has multiple sound tracks, being able to edit individual tracks becomes a necessity. Audacity has this ability and makes editing individual tracks very simple. This document will cover the following:

return to top Adjusting Volume

The volume of an individual track can be adjusted to the desired level at anytime during the editing process. The volume levels can either be adjusted while the track is being played or while it is not being played. If you adjust the track volume while it is being played, you will be able to identify with more accuracy the actual volume level that you want. This section will show you how to adjust the volume for individual sound tracks while the track is being played.

  1. Open your project

  2. To play the track while adjusting the volume,
    1. If necessary, select the desired track
    2. From the Control Toolbar, click PLAYPlay button
      The track will begin to play.
  3. From the Track Control Panel of the desired track, drag the Track Volume sliderTrack Volume sliderto the left or right
    NOTES:
    Moving the slider towards the left (-) decreases the volume.
    Moving the slider towards the right (+) increases the volume.
    This changes the volume only for the individual track and not the entire project.

return to topManipulating a Track

The manipulation of individual tracks can be done in Audacity through the Edit menu or the Edit toolbar. This section will cover the various edits that one can do with individual tracks.

Cutting and Copying Segments

The Cut tool is used to remove a segment of a sound track to the Clipboard.
The Copy tool is used to duplicate a selected segment or track. To use either of these editing tools on your audio project, follow these steps:

  1. From the Control toolbar, select the Selection ToolSelection tool

  2. Within the desired track, click and drag over a segment to select it
    NOTE: You will know the segment is selected when the segment of the sound track is darker than the rest of the track.
    Selected and unselected sound tracks

  3. From the Edit menu, select Cut or Copy
    OR
    On the Edit toolbar, click CUTCut buttonor COPYCopy button
    NOTES:
    The Cut tool will remove the selection from the track.
    The Copy tool will only replicate the selection.

Pasting Segments

The Paste tool allows users to paste a copied or cut segment or track to a new location.
NOTE: The Paste tool can only be used after using the Cut or Copy tool.

  1. From the Control toolbar, select the Selection ToolSelection tool

  2. Within the desired track, click on the desired insertion point
    NOTE: You can place the insertion point in a new track or anywhere within an existing track.

  3. From the Edit menu, select Paste
    OR
    On the Edit toolbar, click PASTEPaste button
    The cut or copied selection will appear in the desired location.

Additional Editing Tools

The editing of sound projects can become a tedious and long process. For this reason, Audacity has editing tools that combine a few steps of editing so that you can be most efficient with your time. These actions include the Trim, Delete, Silence, Split, and Duplicate tools. To use any of these editing tools on your sound project, follow these steps:

  1. From the Control toolbar, select the Selection ToolSelection tool

  2. Within the desired track, click and drag over a segment to select it
    NOTE: You will know the segment is selected when the segment of the sound track is darker than the rest of the track.

  3. From the Edit menu, select the desired action

    The Trim tool is used to keep a segment of a track while discarding the rest.
    The Delete tool is used to remove any unwanted audio from a project.
    The Silence tool is used to silence a selected segment or track.
    The Split tool is used to remove a segment of a track unto a new track.
    The Duplicate tool is used to reproduce a replica of the selected segment into a new track.

 

return to top Keyboard Shortcuts

Audacity gives you the option of using keyboard shortcuts to utilize the Edit menu tools. Effective use of the keyboard shortcuts can help you to become more efficient with Audacity.
NOTE: Not all Edit menu tools have keyboard shortcuts.

Action Key Command
Cut [Ctrl] + [X]
Copy [Ctrl] + [C]
Paste [Ctrl] + [V]
Trim [Ctrl] + [T]
Delete [Ctrl] + [K]
Silence [Ctrl] + [L]
Duplicate [Ctrl] + [D]

 

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