It appears I’ve screwed up a project significantly. Everything seemed fine at last close, however I opened audacity up today and received the filed recovery dialog. I thought this was odd, since I had remembered saving and closing proper. I clicked “no” and reviewed the project, noticing that a significant portion of my narration track was missing from the middle. OH SH**.
Is there any way to go into the temp files and find this recording manually? It looks like I had highlighted the ass end of the track, and dragged it over the rest up to the middle, thereby overwriting the middle of the narration track. The rest appears fine.
Any thoughts? I’ve since closed and opened the file a few times… but not saved it.
If Audacity goes crazy in the middle of an edit, then the instructions of voice order can be lost. If you got the voices back at all, then you got lucky and you may be able to reconstruct the interview.
The newer Audacity versions have File > Save Project > Backup Project… That produces an isolated Project not hard-linked to the current edit. Use a different name and use good file naming hygiene. No punctuation marks other than -dash- and underscore.
Do everything on an internal drive.
A backup can be handy if the current edit loses its mind. Edit a copy of the backup in you need to. Not the actual backup.