When I use the clip handles to trim my track, then save as WAV, the resulting file has silence at the beginning where I’ve clipped the start of the track. The piece I clip at the end is gone, as I expect. To remove the clipped piece at the beginning of the track, I have to delete it, as I did before the clip UI was introduced.
Thanks. Selecting the clip and exporting the selection does what I want. But I’m puzzled why the beginning of the track is replaced by silence and the end is discarded, not replaced, if I do an export without selecting the clip. That seems inconsistent to me.
By default, any empty space before the start of a track will be rendered as silence when exporting the track. (This is very important when using Audacity to edit tracks that are part of a multi-track project, otherwise the clips position relative to other tracks is lost.)
To export a track without rendering preceding space as silence, there are several options:
Select the audio that you want to export and use “Export Selected”.
Align the clip to the start of the track (Start to zero) before exporting.