hi guy,i have a question,please help me!

I’m trying to find out if Audacity can be used to create playlists of ‘4-track output audio’ songs, and run them in ‘continuous’ mode in a live gig.

The context is, I’m intending to dub songs comprised of four discrete audio tracks that currently reside on 4-track minidiscs into a laptop and play them from there. I’m draggin’ myself (my drummer, actually!) into the new century!

The interface I’ll use between the laptop and the four outputs going into a stagebox/multicore, will be an external firewire I/O box - for example, something like the Edirol FA66 - connected to the laptop.

So presumably - and haven’t tested this yet of course - Audacity will recognise the four-input device, and will then allow two stereo channels to be simultaneously enabled, to record the four minidisc outputs… so far, so good - any problems in those assumptions…?

In any audio program, it’s easy enough to have multiple ‘songs’ (or 'Projects, or ‘Sessions’, or ‘Multisessions’ whatever each manufacturer calls them) already open within the program and just click on one to bring it to the foreground, and then hit the spacebar to play… or easy to even open another one more or less instantly from within the program…

…but I want to be able to somehow actually create a playlist or setlist in advance, so that I hit ‘start’ and all the songs in that list play sequentially from start to finish… roughly analogous to loading 15 midi files into the Korg Triton, and then saving that list again as a ‘song’ which can be recalled in one hit.

Does anyone know of a way of doing something similar to this with Audacity?

I am an experienced user of Pro Tools / Wavelab / Audition - and even Audacity - and have fiddled around with Reaper recently, but despite my familiarity with processing within these types of programs, the ‘create playlist/continuous play’ sort of features I require, I’m totally unaware of.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Audacity will record multi-channel (over 2—stereo) with the proper interface and software drivers, but it will not (as far as I know) play more than 2. Did I understand the job?