Having trouble combining files in Vista

How do you attach one .wav file to the end of another .wav file? I followed instructions for merging and joining .wav files, but the result was that the combined file is a mix of the two .wav files, i.e. the sound of the first .wav file is on top of the second .wav file. I don’t want to listen to both sounds at the same time. Help!

I have Windows Vista.

If you are using the current 2.0.4 version of Audacity you can use “Align End to End” http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tracks_menu.html#align

Thank you for responding! I have the 2.0.4 version of Audacity and tried “Align End to End” just now, using the link you gave, and the combined file is still a mix – one sound on top of the other.

Any other ideas? Thanks!

What happened when you applied “Align End to End” to the tracks in you project?

I don’t remember seeing anything visible happen. Is there supposed to be a message or something? But I’m pretty sure both .wav files are in the new one.

I had to restore my computer to a previous point last night, so the Audacity got uninstalled. Shall I try again and see what happens when I click Align End to End? … after I reinstall it.

Thank you for responding!

Ensure that all of the tracks are selected before you try to align them.
You should see the tracks move so that they are aligned end to end like this:

Before aligning:
After aligning:

Okay, I reinstalled it and tried it again. I guess I’m doing something wrong 'cause I don’t see images like the ones you posted. I clicked “Tracks,” then “Align Tracks,” and then “Align End to End.” Am I forgetting a step?

Please post a screen shot of your project and I may be able to see what you are missing.

I’ve never posted a screen shot. I did a little research, and there’s a tinypic program to upload images, but it wants to me download some other programs for a “free trial.”

Can you recommend a free program to post a screen shot? Or is there a simpler way to do it? Thanks for all your help! Sorry this is taking so long.

You don’t need to download anything.
There are two easy ways to create a screenshot. One is that Windows can make screenshots (screen capture) - details are easy to find on Google. The other way is even easier because it is built into Audacity:

  1. Open the Audacity project and resize the window so that it not too huge.
  2. Press Ctrl+F to fit the length tracks into the Audacity track window area.
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+F to fit the tracks vertically.
  4. Click on the Help menu and select “Screenshot Tools”
  5. Check that the first text box shows somewhere sensible for the picture file to go - if necessary click the “Choose” button to select a different location.
  6. Click the “Capture Window Only” button, then wait a moment while the picture is taken.
  7. Go to the location that was listed in the top text field, and look for a file called “window000.png”. That is the screenshot.

If you get lost there are also instructions in the manual: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/help_menu.html#tools

Once you have the screenshot, see here for how to attach it to your reply: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/how-to-attach-files-to-forum-posts/24026/1

Thank you for listing that! I got as far as taking a picture of it and finding it in Microsoft Picture Manager.

Sorry but I can’t find the “Upload attachment” tab in this forum so I can attach the image. :frowning:

Click the “Reply” button in the normal way, then look just below the box where you type your message.