Make "Silence Audio" non-destructive

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Make "Silence Audio" non-destructive

Permanent link to this post Posted by EricMC » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:01 pm

Already — at any rate, in Beta 2.2 — Silence Audio only suppresses sound, leaving volume envelopes intact (making albeit rather irrelevant adjustments to absolute silence).

Obviously, if I had virtually no alterations to the volume envelopes within a selection, then the simple thing to do would be to create an envelope at either end, and lower the inner section to zero. That might easily be undone at any time. But this is not so easy when there are fifteen or thirty envelopes to adjust/remove.

Where there have been a lot of adjustments, it would be a huge timesaver instead to use Silence Audio — so long as I might then “Un-Silence” the same section, should I decide to return to it at a later date.

How easy would it be to implement this?

A variation on the same theme would be the ability to apply a sort of variable "Master Volume Control” to a selected section: one might be able to drag, say, a horizontal yellow line up or down, raising or lowering the overall volume of everything within that selected section?

Any ideas whether this would be an easy thing to implement in 2.2?

I see that someone has already suggested this in the Wiki — could you add my vote.
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Re: Make "Silence Audio" non-destructive

Permanent link to this post Posted by Piotr Grochowski » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:25 pm

Silencing audio is intended to be destructive, what are you talking about?
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Re: Make "Silence Audio" non-destructive

Permanent link to this post Posted by cyrano » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:09 am

I use Audacity for one main reason: it's a destructive editor, not a DAW. Sometimes, you need to be destructive.

If you're building really complex sound assemblies, use a DAW. These are non-destructive by design.

Can you imagine a use case that would need 30 envelopes?
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Re: Make "Silence Audio" non-destructive

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:25 pm

EricMC wrote:Any ideas whether this would be an easy thing to implement in 2.2?

It's unlikely to be implemented soon, though I am keen to see a number of improvements to the "Envelope" feature, and "non-destructive silencing" could possibly be implemented as an enhancement of Audacity's Envelope feature.

EricMC wrote:I see that someone has already suggested this in the Wiki — could you add my vote.

Vote added.
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