Automatically chain/align multiple tracks (SOLVED)

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Automatically chain/align multiple tracks (SOLVED)

Permanent link to this post Posted by bsg » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:04 pm

Hello,

I regularly use the Time Shift function with a couple of tracks and would like to know if there is a possibility to run a command to do it automatically.
The goal is to place tracks one after the other, each starting at the end of the previous one, in the same order than they appear on the screen; I'm working on a collection of 40 tracks and would like to avoid doing it all manually with the Time shift tool.

There are so many very useful and powerful tools in Audacity; I tried the align functions but was not able to do a tracks chain/align automatically yet.
I'm using the last version 1.3.14-Beta Windows.

Many thanks in advance for any tips and support.

BSG
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Re: Automatically chain/align multiple tracks (howto?)

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:38 pm

There is currently no way to do that automatically, but there are keyboard shortcuts that could make it a lot quicker (with a bit of practice).

Let's say that you have 40 tracks one above the other and want to line them up end-to-end:

  1. Double click on the top track to select it.
  2. K key (moves cursor to end of the track)
  3. ENTER (deselects the track)
  4. Down cursor key (moves focus to second track)
  5. ENTER key (Selects the second track)
  6. Alt + T (Tracks menu)
  7. A (Align Tracks)
  8. C (Align with Cursor)

The second track is now aligned to the end of the first track.
Repeat from step 2 for the next and subsequent tracks:
K > ENTER > Down > ENTER > Alt+T > A > C

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There is also a feature request for:
Import Appended: (21 votes) Import multiple files end-to-end in a single track. Would allow re-assembly/re-processing of LP/tape recordings for which no Audacity project exists. Also allows to import multiple tracks for CD assembly
(http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Feature_Requests)
Would you like me to add your vote for this feature?
9/10 questions are answered in the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
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Re: Automatically chain/align multiple tracks (howto?)

Permanent link to this post Posted by bsg » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:48 pm

Dear Steve,

Many thanks for your reply.

You confirmed that there is actually no auto function to help me being lazy...
:-)

I tried your keyboard soluce but I had to adapt it to my default french keyboard; not so difficult except for the align command because I got 2 sub-menus having the same shortcut !
In the menu "Pistes" (=tracks), the 2 following submenus have the same "simple keyboard shortcut" (A):
- Aucune piste muette (=no silent track)
- Aligner les pistes (=align tracks)
and naturally the first one comes when I press the key "A"...

So I tried to look if there is a way to set manually a specific shortcut for the function "Align track" but any of these alignment sub-menu and functions do appear in the Preferences-Keyboard setup screen.

So I can now go with a mix of shortcuts and arrows; I'll do it this way:
K > ENTER > Down > ENTER > Alt+P > A > Down arrow > Right arrow > C

Thanks again for your support.

Best regards

BSG


nb: yes, as proposed, please add my vote for the "import Appended" as it may solve the above, many thanks.
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Re: Automatically chain/align multiple tracks (howto?)

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:56 pm

bsg wrote:In the menu "Pistes" (=tracks), the 2 following submenus have the same "simple keyboard shortcut" (A):
- Aucune piste muette (=no silent track)
- Aligner les pistes (=align tracks)

Try this:
Alt+P > A > A

bsg wrote: please add my vote for the "import Appended"

Done.
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Re: Automatically chain/align multiple tracks (howto?)

Permanent link to this post Posted by bsg » Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:32 pm

hello again

A > A works, but I still need to press enter or right arrow to open the sub-menu.

Many thanks for all your help; I get now all the answers I could expect on this subject.
(how should I close this "topic"?)

Best regards

BSG

Editor Note: I've marked this as "SOLVED" in your initial post and locked the thread for you - for closure.
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