Export Audio with Silences?

Hey guys

Someone’s recorded a song in Audacity and wants me to mix it. It’s his first time so he sent me over the Audacity project files and has asked me to export the Stems myself.

I’ve downloaded Audacity and I choose “Export Multiple” but it seems to be only exporting from when sound starts - If the backing vocals start half way through the track, the file starts when the vocals start so when I import them into another DAWT they don’t start at the same time. What makes it more harder is that the guy didn’t record it to an internal metronome…

How do I export stems with the correct lengths of silence at the beginning?


Please see this topic: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/save-each-track-in-project-but-preserving-blank-space/32184/1

Thanks Steve,

I have tried adding silence to the relevant tracks but everything is still slightly out… :frowning:

It’s odd, if I play the song in Audacity it’s all in time. If import it to Cubase then the instruments are about half a second out from each other. Any ideas?


As you say, when using Export Multiple, Audacity exports from the start of the track to the end of the track and does that for each track.

If there are tracks starting before time=0 (indicated by a small arrow near the top left and bottom left of the waveform) then the hidden audio to the left of time = 0 also gets exported. Perhaps that is what is throwing some of your tracks out? If so, then you can trim off audio that is before 0.0 with the following:

  1. Ctrl + A
  2. Home key
  3. Shift + End key
  4. Ctrl + T

Steve, you’re an absolute legend. That was exactly it!!! Thank you so much!