a clock

Hi, does Audacity has a clock for a podcast setting?
C O’Hara

Please can you describe more fully what you are trying to do.

If you want to record at a set time, please see Transport > Timer Record….


Hello, apologies for my Mac SpellCheck, it always makes a correction as I press the submit button. It should read ‘does Audacity_have a clock for podcasting’?

Please explain in more words what you are trying to do.


Indeed, I am trying to make a podcast of music and voice introductions and need a clock to give me a start and finish time so that I can see that I have recorded a 60 min slot.
I hope that this has given you what you want to answer the question.
C O’Hara

There is a Timeline above the blue waves. It does not carry times of day.

As I already said, there is Timer Record. Set it to record 1 hour then it will force you to stop recording after an hour.


Does that refer to 60 mins of recording but excluding any errors, in other words what could be saved? Sorry this is all a bit confusing to explain.

Many thanks,
C O’Hara

If it’s set to Auto Update your timeline, Audacity will give you a running elapsed time in the band right above the blue waves.

Audacity > Preferences > Tracks > [X] Update… (select).

I sense a misconception about how to create a podcast. Only the broadcast people need to “hit the clock” exactly in order to conclude in time for the next broadcast show. The rest of us produce a show longer than desired and cut it down in editing and post production. Nobody can crank through an hour long show (for example) without making fluffs and mistakes, so the process is pretty much a natural.

Editing and post production is Audacity’s reason for existence.


What you probably want to do when you have finished editing is COMMAND + A to select all, then look in End/Length at the bottom of the Audacity window. That will show you how long the project is.


Thank you you good people, you have been most helpful. Your sense of me not needing the clock is correct for the moment, whilst I am evaluating the use of Audacity and before using it in my voluntary position, on a radio show, but it is all good to know.

The arrival of my new book, THE BOOK OF AUDACITY is very useful, but seems to represent WHAT AUDACITY IS rather than HOW TO, so I think on reflection, it is going to be the Manual,

Best wishes to you all,

C O’Hara

We did not write that book - and sadly the author wrote it towards the end of the 1.3.x Beta series - not long after its publication we released the 2.x series - and there were some changes …

The Tutorials section may help you a lot: http://manual.audacityteam.org/#tutorials

The other thinhg to note is that the image on the front page of an Audacity window is clickable to take you to part of the manual relevant to where you click.


Writing the manual is sweeping the floor after the party has gone home and recording an instructional video is particularly rewarding after you find there are errors in the video…and you recorded it for the wrong Audacity version.

I had no idea there was a book. That’s an artifact…

The most fun is engaging with the on-line manual (highly recommended) at the exact point a new Audacity version is presented. Quick. Which instruction are you reading?

You can get to the Online Manual from the top of any forum page. I used to save the address and I don’t any more.

There is even an Easter Egg. You can get to the Audacity download page by clicking in the Audacity graphic.

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