sggaunt wrote:...what would help a lot is the ability to add keyboard shortcuts to the items in the generate menu
Yours is probably the most common request that the Audacity Development Team has received during the last couple of years; it is certainly in the top five voted for here:http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Feature_Requests#Highest-rated
Bind effects to buttons or keyboard shortcuts: including particular parameters thereof e.g. one keystroke to amplify + 3 dB, another keystroke -3 dB, another to compress (33 votes)
If you ask here one of the Form Elves will add your vote.