Just recorded an hour long stereo file from 2 USB mics, saved it and when I came back to edit, I must have erased the audio.
I currently have the .aup file as well as several hundreds .au files in a folder marked “.eff”
I am lost on what to do from here and what I should be doing from here on out with future recordings.
Somehow you have put the “EP003NateHarvey.aup” file into the “EP003NateHarvey_data” folder. It shouldn’t be in there. The AUP file and the “_data” folder should both be in the same directory, alongside each other.
Normally when you save a project, it creates an “AUP” file and a “_data” folder, alongside each other. The “_data” folder contains the audio data, and the “AUP” file contains instructions that tell Audacity what to do with the data.
I’m guessing that you accidentally dragged the AUP file into the “_data” folder. To avoid the problem, don’t do that