dumb questions

I record voice notes for my student’s papers - a file may have 12-20 recorded notes. When I record a new voice note, it starts at the beginning of the previous recording and plays the recording while I am recording the new recording. I’ve looked at all of the “track align” options, but I can’t seem to get the next voice recording to start at the end of the previous one.

Also, is there a way to force all recordings onto one track AS you record? (I mean - As I record, the first recording is in one track, and the next recording does not make a new track underneath but just lines up and records after the first recording)


You need to be using 1.3 and not 1.2 - use the latest Beta 1.3.12 - and then you can usethe Append Record function - the keyboard shortcut is Shift+R


Certainly go over to 1.3. Audacity 1.2 has some serious stability issues with modern computers.

However, you can also Record Pause instead of Stop. Record Pause picks up exactly where it left off on the same timeline. I think most Audacity versions will do that.

You need to remember to Stop when you’re done. I’m not kidding. People have posted here about damaged edit controls because they forgot to press Stop at the end.


Thanks. I think the “pause record” solves my problems

I do have 1.3.12 Beta

Does anybody know if you can get the size of a file in (kb/MB) AS you are recording - does Audacity have a “size meter”? I don’t want any file to be than 25 MB - Is there a formula, like 1 minute is 300 kb or whatever?



Not directly.

It will show the amount of remaining recoding time based on the amount of disk space on the current drive (watch the status bar at the bottom of the recording window while you record).


Yes, many of them, but it depends what format your final exported audio will be.

You’ll need to do your own testing, but I regularly produce a 50 minute show, 44100, 16-bit, mono WAV and it comes in about 255MB.

You can’t go perfectly up and down from there, but you can get a rough idea. Stereo is going to be very roughly double.

The smaller the show, the worse the approximation will be due to digital formatting and file overhead. It may also be different between the different computers.

It’s possible to produce a no second show that has a small but significant size. The file is then all processing and overhead and little or no audio. That’s what messes this up. The container takes up room.

It’s also possible that Audacity is going to take up considerably more space than that while you’re working. The above numbers are only for the exported file.


I don’t think there is any option to record directly to a compressed format. Audacity lets you export your file in nearly any possible way afterwards though.