Combining Marker labels into Region labels

I have gone through a lengthy concert and added “marker” labels at the start and stop of each section. Now I want to combine pairs of labels to form “region” labels for export. Is there a way do to this? Presently I have to get into the track editor and retype the end-times which is very laborious and subject to error


For Export Multiple you only need labels in the silence or near-silence at the end of each section.

If you wanted region labels you could have made those at one go using Sound Finder.

From where you are now, you could Tracks > Add New > Label Track then drag new labels in the new label track. The yellow vertical lines will soft-snap to the labels in the track above. When you are done, click the [X] on the upper label track to delete it.

In my opinion we could do with a right-click command over a label to create a region label from the adjoining label to left or adjoining label to right. Let us know if you want to vote for that.


Maybe if you tell us just why you need to do this - we may be able to suggest a way of doing what you need with the current Audacity functionality.

You don’t need region labels for Export Multiple it will work on the audio that spans the range between on point label and the next - see this page in the Manual:

And this page: this one shows the interaction behavior between the label types when using File>Export Multiple


Thanks for your replies. Per Gale-I see now that I don’t need region labels for my purpose so I am OK with this. To answer WC–I simply want to break apart a Musicale session with about 10 groups into separate audacity files so i can further edit and distribute each session to the performers as wav or MP3.

One problem I do have with this process is that the export multiple function does not seem to support audacity format. I usually export multiple as wav and then read them back in one by one with audacity format for further editing. I am not sure if I incur any “loss” in this process–probably would make sense if they could be exported in audacity format.


Point labels are enough for multiple export–you can adjust and trim the audio when editing the single files.
You can export the files as 32-bit wav files, that’s essentially at the core of the Audacity format. The advantage is that you don’t have a separate project file and a data folder with tiny audio fragments in it. This internal structure is needed for multi-track projects with all display settings etc. stored within.
You can then switch to 16-bit wav after the second editing if you desire so–dithering will be applied on export in order to compensate for the sampling rate conversion.


Thanks Robert. This makes sense.