Topic: Audacity

How does one trim files? I tried what is listed in the help files and I am evidently doing something wrong.

Re: Audacity

I have not used Audacity in a while but I think you must go to the spot you want the song to stop at and use the trim tool or split the file at the indicated point  and delete the shaded area I will  open Audacity  and check it out for you  with an old file and get back to you, smile
ok, Joe, I opened it and it is very easy just point your arrow cursor at the spot you want to trim and left click and move the cursor to the RIGHT it will turn gray then go to the upper left of the screen  and open edit and select delete and "poof" it's gone!  hope this helps. Russ

"Growing old is not for sissies"

Re: Audacity

Ah that's what I'm doing wrong. I'm trying to delete using the delete button like you can do with native Mac apps.  Thanks!

Re: Audacity

Baldguitardude wrote:

Ah that's what I'm doing wrong. I'm trying to delete using the delete button like you can do with native Mac apps.  Thanks!

your welcome glad to help remember to hold the right click down and move it RIGHT the area will stay gray  then you can choose to fade it out the same way  by selecting from the effects menu,  I am correcting my  earlier post I think i said move it left

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Re: Audacity

OMG, as the kids say.

I am so stupid. I was trying to click above the track (where the time markers are), not in the track itself. Thank you. Jeez I feel stupid.

Thank you again.

Re: Audacity

just glad ya figured it out, i can't tell  you how many times I have done the same thing usually when I am working with some new software the simple things can be a bit frustrating smile

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7 (edited by beamer 2017-06-16 14:16:24)

Re: Audacity

BGD, I use audacity all the time , also you can use the standard highlight a little bit, then move to your finish point, hold shift and click to highlight a big section, an you can just hit the delete key.  Have you figured out the effects options?  I find if you go into effects preferences or settings, its nice to lengthen the preview time as its so short  by standard you dont really hear what your trying to hear.  some are tricky to work with in the format they are in as the VST does not show up like a pedal as in some DAW programs.  I also have unsuccessfully tried to add new VST's to the program and for some reason it is not working. Even after reading all the directions and watching you tube, which BTW has great how to vids all over it, here are some to take you down the rabbit hole. BASICS TUTORIAL :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ClwSNm362E  EFFECTS   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a-wxsjcVSM  and  LATENCY  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo8qEXcbI-o

multi tracking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epgPuWsRplc

Don't forget to download the instruction PDF its really a good one.

HAVE FUN!

Zen guitar is nothing more than playing the song we’re all born with inside - The one that makes us human.

–Phil Toshio Sudo
Author of Zen Guitar

Re: Audacity

Thanks Beamer I'll spend some time w these resources soon!