Mike. First off THANK YOU! I was hoping only that I had overlooked a “find/replace” command. I had not realized that Audacity had macro capabilities. My first serious Macro task was modifying the IOCS macro on an IBM 1401 back in 1968/69, so you can see that macros have been the light of my life for a long time. Macros in Audacity? Today could see my resignation from LibriVox (grin)
I have created a very small macro to add Echo to a track, but please don’t tell LibriVox or they will kick me out. I have a grillion questions now, most of which will cause me to study all the available commands that arise from 'Insert" when editing a macro.
I see too that your Most active topic is “Enhancement for Macros”; more reading to be done!
Now: I have eyeballed your macro, and I can see what it does, almost, and your overview helps. I will study your chosen commands in more detail and learn what they do. I do follow the logic of (a) storing some sound in the clipboard and then (b) copy/pasting it to a selected location. As well I can see my way to reducing all gaps greater than (say) two seconds down to two seconds, and then all gaps less than two seconds to a fixed 0.5 seconds, which would remove my pauses while I mentally rehearse some German pronunciation or work out where the next batch of commas should be and (b) make all sentence gaps a fixed length.
That said, my first glance suggests that Audacity macros are somewhat like MSAccess macros; they permit a linear assembly of commands, but do not provide a programming capability. By that I mean that If/Then/Else and Do/Loop constructions are not possible. I see too the thread “Create a Macro with a infinite loop”. More reading to be done!
Lack of programming ability is not fatal; I have spent my working life automating what I can, where I can, and assigning a macro to a shortcut key, and so pressing the shortcut key as often as is necessary, is much better than issuing each command manually, and repeatedly.
I must now do my daily session of recording, which I will complete as soon as I can and then rush back here to wallow in macros.
Please do me a favour, and take the rest of the day off.
You have earned it.