Can you recover audio if it was recorded in sound activated recording mode?

I was using a borrowed recording studio and was not familiar with Audacity.
Apparently, it recorded my 30 min podcast in “sound activated recording” mode and clipped off the ends of some words and smushed other words together. Is there any way to undo this in editing? I’m sure the answer is no but I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask.
Thankfully It’s not unusable, but it’s not good either.

With careful editing, you might be able to split apart some of the smooched words, but if you have cut off words, you’re stuck. There’s part of the performance that just didn’t get recorded. If you go the editing route, paste Room Tone, not Generated Silence. That’s much more likely to sound natural.

I was going to send you looking for live headphones so you could listen to the performance, but I don’t think that would help in this case. It’s one of the few effects that Audacity can apply during recording.

There’s one other note. You may have been recording really quietly. Sound Activating Recording generally doesn’t create that much damage. The developers are perfectly clear what kind of damage this can cause.

I wonder if there was something on the computer that’s “helping you.”


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