Hello everyone. This is probably just more noise being added and I see a lot of posts pretty much saying the same things. Regardless, here we go, because I already made this account before seeing links to github threads reporting bugs.
I was running the latest version of Audacity, 3.1.whatever, on a Windows 10 PC to edit a podcast, using five audio tracks of vocal recordings and multiple tracks on top of that for any music and effects. The editing process of the podcast involves clipping out a lot of silence, cutting/pasting things to rearrange them, and copy/pasting soundbytes into a separate project file where I collect all of the soundbytes.
The 3.2 update has halted the process completely.
Removing the copy/cut/paste buttons seriously hampered my workflow I had established, but adapting to right-clicking the waveform didn’t take very long, and I’m also used to keyboard shortcuts though not when editing. That was a very annoying but ultimately minor change.
However, what happens when you copy and paste has brought my editing process to a stand-still. I won’t be able to get the episode edited in time unless I switch to a new DAW and start the episode over.
Why when I paste does Audacity freeze for multiple minutes every time? Because it is not copying and pasting my selection but the entire audio track thanks to Audacity’s new damage-free feature that does not work at all as intended. It only shows the few-second clip but is copying and shrinking four hours of audio every single time.
So, after much fretting and testing I think I have a solution to the problem; rather than copying the desired soundbyte, I’ll highlight it, right-click, split clip, and this will isolate the soundbyte from the rest of the track, able to be dragged and dropped as I want. Great!
But when you copy and paste this clip, Audacity still freezes for multiple minutes. Even though it’s really just the clip this time.
Okay, so I’ll keep it in the same workbook, people on here say that’s the problem now and I’m doing it wrong even though it’s criminally inefficient to copy/paste the clips into a separate track on the same project when you’re editing 4 hour recordings into 2 hour episodes and only have two minutes showing on the screen at a time so collecting the clips would require an incredible amount of scrolling.
Nope, this also causes freezing.
People say this is a reported bug and will be fixed soon, maybe. I don’t have time for that. I was ahead of schedule when this paste bug appeared. I even managed to finish editing an episode another member of the team needed help with on the new update and didn’t have these problems, but as soon as I went to start my own episode Audacity became unusable. I can’t even revert to the old update because the project was started on the new one; opening in 3.1 is still using the 3.2 tracks and all their issues, just with my copy/cut/paste buttons back.
Anyone recommend Reaper or Audition?