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Post by Cori » June 7th, 2012, 5:30 am

Since I do in fact have an audacity problem, I thought I'd create a general thread for questions. If anyone else has any minor Audacity issues, and wants help with them, you're welcome to add to this thread rather than starting a new one. (If you prefer a new one, that's fine too.)

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Post by Cori » June 7th, 2012, 5:31 am

And, here's my problem:

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I've clicked something in Audacity which means that files are opened with this weird pale line in the middle, and if I highlight an area (the first second of the file is highlighted) -- it appears behind the pale section. What single obvious keypush returns me to default settings? Simply closing and opening hasn't helped and I can't find anything helpful in the menus.
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Post by JohanLiebert » June 7th, 2012, 5:47 am

You've clicked the multi-tool (that asterisk beside the magnifier and time shift tool)
If you click the "I" above the magnifier, it will eliminate the pale area :)
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Post by Cori » June 7th, 2012, 5:56 am

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Post by neckertb » June 7th, 2012, 10:53 am

Aw, cute smiley :lol:

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Post by Piotrek81 » June 7th, 2012, 11:23 am

This is actually what my Audacity screen looks like since very early days :mrgreen: It took me a while to figure out why it is so, but since I don't see any particular drawbacks of this, I don't see any point in reverting. Or perhaps I'm wrong? What does this "multi-tool" mode do? The only thing I noticed, though I'm not sure if it's a related issue, is that I have to constantly undo the "envelope" thing, because it is triggered very easily.
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Post by Cori » June 7th, 2012, 11:24 am

I couldn't get an accurate 'grip' on the room-noise at the end (which I was using for noise cleaning) because the pale-background wasn't being highlighted. I always clean using only proper room noise -- no breaths or clicks or chair-wriggles -- and apparently I can't keep quiet more than a couple of seconds.
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Post by JohanLiebert » June 7th, 2012, 6:58 pm

Piotrek81 wrote:This is actually what my Audacity screen looks like since very early days :mrgreen: It took me a while to figure out why it is so, but since I don't see any particular drawbacks of this, I don't see any point in reverting. Or perhaps I'm wrong? What does this "multi-tool" mode do? The only thing I noticed, though I'm not sure if it's a related issue, is that I have to constantly undo the "envelope" thing, because it is triggered very easily.
Piotr,

Multi-tool automatically changes your mouse clicker when your pointer hover over some certain area, like when you place your pointer over the -1.0 line, it becomes an up-down arrow. Multi-tool also gives you a clear view if you are hitting the 0.5 mark or not. It always helps me with my amplifying :)
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Post by VictoriaBMartin » June 9th, 2012, 4:54 pm

Okay, I'm new here and I'm trying to figure out how to upload my 1-Minute test. But I have a problem. I use the Audacity program for my recordings. I know I need to export my recording so that I can use it with other programs, and I understand that I can't have .aup behind it, but even when I export my program using .wav, the .aup pops up when I insert my file name into the space provided for "Choose a File" while trying to upload. Can anyone help me? This may be hard to understand, but I hope you can follow it.
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Post by annise » June 9th, 2012, 5:07 pm

A couple of things - you may need more help on whichever is the problem so ask.
You need to check where the file is being saved when you export it - and upload from that folder,
You also need to export as an .mp3 file - check you can do that

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Post by VictoriaBMartin » June 9th, 2012, 5:18 pm

Thanks alot, Anne. I think I've got it figured out. :D
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Post by philchenevert » June 9th, 2012, 5:19 pm

VictoriaBMartin wrote:Okay, I'm new here and I'm trying to figure out how to upload my 1-Minute test. But I have a problem. I use the Audacity program for my recordings. I know I need to export my recording so that I can use it with other programs, and I understand that I can't have .aup behind it, but even when I export my program using .wav, the .aup pops up when I insert my file name into the space provided for "Choose a File" while trying to upload. Can anyone help me? This may be hard to understand, but I hope you can follow it.
Hi Victoria. Welcome to LibriVox. Instead of trying to explain stuff, I've made a video How To Upload Your 1 minute test that may help a bit.

Exporting your file from Audacity can be confusing at first. Saving and Uploading a File to LibriVox might help with that.

The .aup file is the file type that Audacity uses to save it's files but when exporting for Librivox, use the mp3 option. thevideos explain that in detail.

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Post by VictoriaBMartin » June 12th, 2012, 12:23 pm

Thank you for the links. I used the first video you listed for uploading, and with Anne's help, I successfully exported and uploaded my recording. I'm thankful for all the help other members have given me. I'm really enjoying being on LibriVox. Thank you!!!
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Post by philchenevert » June 12th, 2012, 1:42 pm

Since this thread is for smaller issues with Audacity, I have one that has bothered me for many months:

How to decrease a selected section by small increments using the keyboard.

When there is a pop or something strange in a word, usually my Ss and the defect is not obvious I highlight the area and slowly decrease the selected area from the right, constantly listening, until the pop is found, then remove just that tiny spot. but I must use my mouse to do it, slowly dragging it across the area, and it is tiring to my had and arm, so I'd like to be able to do it with the keyboard.

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Post by TriciaG » June 12th, 2012, 1:58 pm

Shift-Arrow increases in the direction of the arrow.

I just discovered by experimentation that Control-Shift-Arrow decreases in the direction of the arrow. Example: You have a highlighted section between time stamps 0:07 and 0:08. Ctrl-Shift-Right Arrow decreases from the side closest to the 0:07 mark.

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