Automatically Creates 2nd track

Windows 7 starter, Audacity 2.1.1
We are recording church sermons from our soundboard via a Behringer 202 audio interface. After about 35 minutes of recording, Audacity, automatically creates a second track and starts recording on that second track. Is there a setting I’m missing?


Audacity supplied by us has no such feature. In fact some people digitizing tapes and cassettes have asked for it.

The only way it would happen would be if the recording was stopped then someone manually restarted recording by pressing Record.

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OK, I reloaded Audacity from your site. Same problem. More clarification: After recording for about 35 minutes, the recording stops. Our operator presses record again and of course a second track is started. This week she just paused the recording at 30 minutes and then started it again and it continued recording on the same track. So we have found a work around. Is is possible that we’re having a capability issues with our equipment?

Recording from our sound board via Behringer 202 audio interface. Using Audacity 2.1.1 from Audacity site. Notebook is running Windows 7 Starter, Service Pack 1. Intel CPU N2600 @ 1.60GHz, 1 gig ram, 32 bit OS.


Or, stop recording and hold SHIFT while clicking Record. Then it will restart recording at the end of the track.

A mere 1 GB RAM is not going to help. The Audacity recommended system requirement for Windows 7 Starter if you are working with long tracks is 2 GB RAM:

You “may” be able to make things better by (a) setting Default Sample Format at Edit > Preferences… , Quality section to 16-bit (b) ensure Default Sample Rate in that section is no more than 44100 Hz (c) in the Recording section of preferences, increase “Audio to Buffer”.

But really, get a more capable computer, assuming it won’t be possible to add more RAM to your notebook.


P pause and Append Record (Shift-R) are the two known ways to continue at the end of an existing track. If you do create two tracks one above the other, there are ways to deal with that in post production. That’s not deadly.

Save an Audacity Project. Audacity will create a Project system (one AUP file and a _DATA folder). Double click on the AUP file and Audacity will open up the original show with one track above the other just like you left it. From there you can select each track and export it individually (Click just above MUTE on one track, File > Export Selected). Or you can patch this into a final show by pushing the second track so it starts at the same time the upper one ends. The Time Shift Tool (two sideways black arrows) does that. Then export normally.