POS WIndows 10’s auto-updates have destroyed my Audacity (3.0.5) project twice now. I’m somewhere below square one at this point and ready to lead a boycott of Microsoft for crappy design. Unfortunately, I just set up the new computer so I didn’t know it would destroy my Audacity project by restarting while programs were open with no warning.
One of my aunts was not able to travel for my dad’s memorial service, so I recorded it on two devices (for reasons beyond scope of this discussion), and one is mostly better but the other is better in one section, so these two files are the same content and from the help content I found, it looks like people combine parts of multiple files into one file and export the final product all the time, so I should be able to replace the mostly good file’s not so clear section with the same thing from the other file. I installed the plugin needed to be able to import one of them. They were each edited (unfortunately, not sure of what point they were saved at in editing), but I had not gotten to that final cut and paste part of the process before the restart destroyed it. I went into Appdata and dug around but could not find anything useful to recover my work, and Audacity itself did not recover anything useful this time. So now that I’ve tried to just start all over by importing the two original files into the same project.
Unfortunately, now it seems like each one is appearing twice as shown. It’s also playing BOTH files and I think playing each twice (I honestly can’t tell because what I hear is a MESS) when I try to play it to check the audio quality at different parts, so it’s not even allowing me to get an accurate idea of the audio. It didn’t do this the first time, and I did not knowingly change any settings; I just reopened the application. After @#$%ing Miccrosoft force-closed it.
AND . . . it’s my dad’s memorial service. I can’t keep listening to it again and again to get this project successfully completed, and I need to get it done soon.