How do I add a silence of (X time) when combining tracks?

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How do I add a silence of (X time) when combining tracks?

Permanent link to this post Posted by seru1 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:54 pm

Kubuntu: 17.10
Audacity 2.1.2

I want to combine like 20 tracks together with a silence of 1.5 seconds between them, can anyone help me achieve this?

Can you outline the steps from scratch because i'm a real newbie?
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Re: How do I add a silence of (X time) when combining tracks

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:33 am

Assuming that you are starting with a fresh empty Audacity project and 20 audio files all in the same directory:

1) "File menu > Import > Audio" and select all of the files that you want to import.
The files will be imported as separate tracks.
2) Put the tracks in order by dragging them up / down (click on an empty part of the panel on the left end of the track and drag up/down. Take care not to click on the buttons or sliders).
3) "Ctrl + A" to select all
(if step 4 is not available in 2.1.1, skip to step 5)
4) "Tracks > Align Tracks > Align end to end" (http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/trac ... end_to_end)
5) Use the Time Shift tool to nudge each of the audio clips to the right so that you have the required gaps.
6) File > Export > Audio
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Re: How do I add a silence of (X time) when combining tracks

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:59 pm

Could add 1.5 seconds of silence to all the tracks in one step, (once they are imported),
Then align end to end. Thus avoiding 20 usages of time-shift to create the silent gaps.
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Re: How do I add a silence of (X time) when combining tracks

Permanent link to this post Posted by seru1 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:42 pm

Thanks steve and trebor, so helpful, instant reply!

trebor, how will your list of steps look? is it a quicker way than steve's?
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Re: How do I add a silence of (X time) when combining tracks

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:59 pm

seru1 wrote:trebor, how will your list of steps look? is it a quicker way than steve's?

Once all are imported, Select all the tracks,("Ctrl"+"A"), move the cursor to the start, ("J"),
then generate the silence which will be added to all the tracks ...

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Re: How do I add a silence of (X time) when combining tracks

Permanent link to this post Posted by seru1 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:05 pm

this is amazing. I'm so happy, thank you both!!!
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