Jhiu wrote: ↑
February 8th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Mmhm. What I did was to reduce the volume, and then try to save the new quieter version. I couldn't save the data file with the same name, so I added the number 1. I then exported the file as usual, and that's when what was exported had 'data' in the name. I did try to change the name, but it wouldn't play.
I'm not sure we are talking about the same
When you record and save in Audacity it will save two things: a file with an .aup
extension and a folder with the same name with a _data
extension. So in the place on your computer where you save your recordings, you should always see a file with a yellow folder
in front of the name and a file with the blue Audacity headphones
in front of the name. Have you noticed that ? These are the initial Audacity savings of your file
, and those names you should never manually change
But: if you export your file to mp3 from Audacity, then you'll get a third file for the same recording, this time with an .mp3
extension on the name and a different icon
in front of the file name. This is the mp3 file that you always upload to LV and this name you can manually change in your computer folder if you wish.
Is this a bit clearer to you now ? I think what may have happened is you opened your mp3 file
, decreased the volume and then wanted to save it again as Audacity file. Since you already used the same file-name before for your initial Audacity recording, it wouldn't let you name it the same way, so you had to tuck a 1 at the end. But what you could have done is export the amplified file immediately to mp3, without saving first in Audacity. It would have given you a warning that you are about to over-write a previous file, but you could simply have pressed OK and then the new mp3 file would have replaced the old file. That's how I do it.
The best thing to correct errors in your recordings is this however: open your Audacity file (not the mp3 file) and change things there
, then you can press "save" and it will save with the same file name, because you are still in the same file. And once you're done, you can re-export into mp3
, like before.
If there are still questions, don't hesitate to ask. It may seem confusing now, but with practice you'll get into a routine soon. You just need to be aware that for a finished mp3 file, you will have 3 different files in your document folder (at least if you are using Audacity).