Automatic shut-off for recording LPs?

Hello all,

I’ve been using Audacity for several years with podcasts but I’ll be using it to record vinyl LPs for the next project. I offered to digitize my wife’s record collection as a birthday gift (along with maybe 50 of my own) and wanted to know if Audacity can recognize long silence and either pause or stop recording? It would be really convenient to queue a side and go to work without recording FLAC-sized files all day for 30-minutes of music . IIRC, there is a way to put a timer on recording which would be just as good. When I looked into that it seemed more for when to start – like a scheduled a radio program – but maybe that’s not the best way to do things.

If anyone has some ideas on how to do this well, they’ll be gratefully appreciated. Thanks, sh

See Sound Activated Recording in the Manual:


Sound Activated Recording will depend on the turntable auto stop working correctly.


Thanks Gale. I’ll look into it. And you’re right about the correct end sequence. Maybe using a timed recording period would be better so I don’t get home and my hard drive is filled with sounds of shhhhhhh – K 33 times a minute. Any thoughts on limiting the recording period to, say, 40 minutes? Cheers, sh

Timer Record is safer. If you don’t get the Sound Activation Level threshold right for the type of music and the recording level, you could chop off fades at the end of individual songs or miss the quiet ending of a symphony movement.




I offered to digitize my wife’s record collection as a birthday gift

I digitized my girlfriend’s record collection (maybe 20 records)… Mostly they were “digitized” by buying CDs or MP3s. :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Same with my own record collection. I only digitized the ones I couldn’t find in digital format.

I’ll do that for some of them but a lot of them never made it to the digital age – which is also why I don’t want to sit here while they’re playing :smiley: