Division of large audio file into smaller ones.

Hi, I’m new to Audacity and would like to use this program to work with audio files sourced from my Zoom H4n recorder. I transfer the .wav file to Audacity but once there, could not successfully divide the large audio file into smaller more manageable ones each with a distinct name. How can this be easily done? thanks, Roy

There are several ways to split large audio files.

One way is to create “splits” at various points (click on the waveform where you want the split, then press Ctrl+i).
When you have made all the splits that you require, select one of the sections by double clicking in it so that it becomes highlighted.
Then “File menu > Export Selection”.
Repeat the selection / export process for each section, giving each a unique name.

When naming files, avoid “special” characters such as punctuation marks.

To remove a split (if you split in the wrong place) just click on the split line to rejoin it or press Ctrl+Z to “undo” the last operation.

If you need to split into more than a couple of sections, the method described here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/splitting_a_recording_into_separate_tracks.html may be more convenient.

OK. I followed the instructions closely to try to divide an audio track, but it didn’t work for me. I was able to create a split line, then I hit control+i (control with i simultaneously) then I exprted as mp3. The result was a complete unsplit file the entire length of the original. Am I missing something here? Are you certain of the control+i command? (I used lower case i, if case sensitivity mattered). Any advice appreciated…

Ctrl+i is not case sensitive. You should see a “split line” appear when you do that.