i need help urgently. i made voice recordings this afternoon with two people, saved the data, saved a second copy of the project, listened to the recordings and then put my laptop on stand by without closing audacity. as i wanted to listen to the recordings, all the tracks were empty!
when analysing the project folder, finder (osx) tells me it is 550 MB big and contains 570 elements. when I look at them they all are very small files (1,1 MB). but even when i close and reopen audacity they are not to be seen.
these recordings are very important. can anything be done or are they completely lost???
please help, this is awful, but somehow i feel something can be done. i’d appreciate any kind of help greatly!
Did you File > Close the project containing the recording, so the problem occurred when reopening the project? Did you see error messages? Or did the blue recorded waveform become silent while it was open?
Did you “clean up” or otherwise manage the files on your computer? The AUP file and the _DATA folder of the same name need to be in the same place or folder. You can’t split them. Double click the AUP file and it will open the _DATA folder and piece together all the little snippets back into your show.
the ‘aufnahmen steffen barbara’ = ‘aufnahmen steffen barbara 2’ are the projects i thought were safe
the ‘SFSB Werbung Recovery’ is my attempt to recover the files using the import audio function for the au files found in the data folder. i only used it on one folder, there are three of them. audacity imported all the sound chunks of roughly 10 seconds into a new project, but when i want to listen to the chunks to check if those are the recordings, the program crashes, repeatedly.
so i guess all the date is stored in the data folder of the second saving of the project, but i don’t know how to get them out.
You should probably make safety copies of all your original files and place them in a separate folder while we hash this out.
All the little .au files past about the fourth one should open up and play in Audacity. As you said, they’re tiny files and each one has a snippet of the show. Don’t mess with the first two, three, or four. Those may not be sound.
Do any of them play as a stand-alone, tiny “show?” Control-Click on one of them > Open With > Audacity.
The two “Aufnahmen Barbara Steffen” .aup files just reference a number of empty tracks without audio data, just as if you had done Tracks > Add New > Audio Track several times. What does Help > Show Log show after opening these projects?
Are you sure you did not accidentally delete the tracks then save the project like that? It is easily done just by pressing Delete on the keyboard. If you did not close the project cleanly by using File > Close or Audacity > Quit Audacity, the .aup will remain with empty tracks, but the .au files in the _data folder will remain. You will then see “orphan block file” warnings when you reopen the project. Did you see that warning?
Did you make the “second copy” of the project by copying the .aup and _data folder in Finder, or how?
As it is now, with no further information to go on, you will have to sort the .au files into timestamp order, rename them to an alphanumerical sequence, then use the Audacity 1.2 recovery tool to make a continuous WAV file. As this was a mono recording you should get a correct recovery, if you did not edit it. Here are the instructions to resort, rename and make the recovery: http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Crash_Recovery#Automatic_recovery_tools .
When you import the recovered WAV file, use the Track Drop-Down Menu to set the rate to 96000 Hz thereby correcting the playback speed.
AND… Before doing anything else, please update to 2.0.2 from http://audacityteam.org/download/mac . 1.3.12 is an obsolete Beta version and it is not impossible some bug has created this problem. 2.0.2 should be much safer in this regard.
thanks again gale. i will certainly install audacity 2 once this thing is over, as I’m new to recording and am not exactly a computer buff, i wasn’t aware there was a new version.
to make the copy i used ‘save as’ and added a 2 to the project name. no meddling in finder.
is there a way to automatise the alphanumerical renaming of the files? there are 570 of them. as i have to finish the project until tomorrow 9 am, it’s 3:50 am wher i am now, i could use some time saving routine. there is a mention of automator in the user guide, but i wouldn’t know how to tell automator how to rename in a sequence all the files.
maybe this is going too far but do you think skyping me is possible? my nick is adrian garcia-landa there. i know it’s asking way too much and you can’t nurse every one of your posters here. it’s just a try out of desperation.
meanwhile i’ll try to see if i can get automator to rename the files automatically.
thanks again for all your help and patience so far!
ok i’ve renamed sequentially the files thanks to automator, put all of them in a folder. unfortunately audacity recovery tool does not see any sound files in that folder he could recover. a message appears:
the given path xxxx does not contain any audio files that couls be recovered…
any help? is the tool not made for my audacity version (1.3.12) ?
If you are on an Intel Mac you need the Intel version and if you are on PPC Mac you will need the PPC version. If you have OS X 10.6 or later then you need the Intel version.
Do you have the files numbered from e0001.au to e0571.au?
If the renaming has not succeeded, Mac is Unix-based so you could try the command line, it might work. Open Applications > Utilities > Terminal, and type “cd” (without quotes) then the path to the folder that has the .au files. I assume you have all 570 files in one folder now.
Then try the Linux command given on the crash recovery page: