After Importing music it compresses it and all you can hear is static

Things were working fine for a while. Now when I import Multiple mp3’s it looks good until the last mp3 is imported. Then it seems to automatically compress all the files and all you can hear is static. If I just import one mp3 it works fine. But I certainly don’t want to import one song at a time to amplify. It would take months.
Anyone have a problem like this? Any reply is welcome.

The MP3s might be “imperfect” or they might be a different format misnamed “MP3”. Audacity is more picky
(and sometimes more easily confused) than most other software…

As long as the files are otherwise playable, the easiest fix is usually to convert them to WAV with Kabuu Audio Converter, or similar. Once you’ve set-up your output format and output folder it’s simply drag, drop, and click, and you can drag-in multiple files.

As you may know, MP3 is lossy compression. When you open the file it gets decompressed. If you later re-export as MP3 (or any lossy format) you are going through another generation of lossy compression and some “damage” accumulates.

It may not be noticeable and you may not a have a choice, but it’s something to be aware of and you should try to minimize the number of times it’s compressed/re-compressed.

Or there are programs like mp3DirectCut that can do some limited editing without decompressing.

Thanks, I’ll try that. But I’ve been using Audacity for about 3 years and this is the first time it’s behaved this way. Like I said, if I do 2 or 3 of them it works fine. But doing 21 files, they look good and correct as they are input in the program and when the last one finishes the input, all files change shape and gets much shorter and looks as if it amplifies it automatically

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