JachinandBoaz wrote: ↑
May 24th, 2020, 7:14 pm
I had a few (what I think are basic) Audacity questions that I can't seem to find answers to. Any information on any one of these points would be welcome! I'm still new to Audacity and am not as technically savvy as some of my other colleagues in this noble endeavour appear to be, so part of my problem may be that I'm just not using the correct terminology to query on these issues. So far, I've found myself wading through Youtube videos that aren't helping very much.:
1.) Is there a feature that you can apply to the entire recording when you're completed which will level out the sound volume across the board, so that the quiet sections aren't too quiet and the loud sections aren't too loud? I'm finding that when I do a clip fix, it requires me to then reimpose an amplification to that same section or else it's too quiet with respect to the surrounding audio. It's making the editing process longer than I think it should be.
2.) Is there a way to have a map of the entire cut as a separate strip or view on the bottom of the application, so that you can click midway in that strip and have the entire view reset accordingly?
3.) Is there a setting in Audacity, so that you can click into a section of the recording and the audio will actually play where you click? At this time, I keep having to stop the recording as it's playing back and then click to where I want to listen and hit play again. It seem like there should be a way to just click and have it automatically play from that point.
4.) Is there a feature like a clipboard where you can just save the boilerplate introductory opening and closing recordings and plop them in like an "insert picture" feature in Word? At this time, I'm having to go into previous recordings copy sections of that recording and paste them into a new project.
Have you checked out the forum, wiki, and manual?
I have been finding a wealth of info at the Audacity forum, especially at the Audiobook thread https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewforum.php?f=64&sid=45db44469b0148fb0b38e0697e140d14
Their wiki is also helpful, especially Audiobook Mastering at https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Audiobook_Mastering
I don't understand Q. 2 or 3, but it looks like Devorah covered those.
As an alternative to what Loon said, you can use 2 clipboards: one, the usual clipboard, which replaces each time that you copy a new selection to it, and the other, the Punch Copy/Paste clipboard, which you can set to be "safe", or give you a warning message before you replace it. See the forum topic: https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=71556
Another option: I might create a recording of the intros and extros so I could copy and paste them from that boilerplate. Are you using labels? See the manual: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/label_tracks.html
But, as silverquill, Anne, Devorah, and Phil said, I prefer to record my intro and outro for each recording to keep with the continuity of the mood of the recording.
Best wishes, Daniel!