Can I set a time limit on my recording?


Let’s say I want to hit record and leave the house for an afternoon. Is there any way to configure Audacity to stop recording after, say, half an hour? How about 1 hour? How about 5 minutes? In other words, can I set the time limit on which Audacity will record audio?

Oh, and I’m running Windows 7 with Audacity 2.0.5. I also have Audacity on a Mac OS X but I’m not sure the version, but I can easily upgrade to 2.0.5 (assuming it’s available for Macs) so let’s just say I have 2.0.5 for the Mac as well.

Thank you for any forthcoming help. :wink:

Transport > Timer Record.

You should be really careful and recheck your settings when you get ready to leave the house. All the settings, not just the ones you adjusted. I got in trouble once by rolling the date by accident and didn’t catch it.


Another way is:

  1. Add a track (Tracks menu > Add New > Audio Track)
  2. Select from the start of the track to the time that you want the recording to stop (using the Selection Toolbar is an easy and accurate method)
  3. Ensure Transport > Overdub (on/off) is on (checked)
  4. Press the Record button.

Recording will start in a new track, and stop at the end of the selection.

To remove the “dummy” track, click on the [X] in the top left corner of the track.

Thanks everyone for your help.