I promise I’ve read everything I can find, but I can’t find anything that reads “How to make a cut and delete everything behind it”
I’m at the spot where I want to make a cut, it’s a half hour into the recording. I need to cut the recording there and deleted everything behind it.
Then I need to go about 5 minutes, make another cut and delete everything in front of it. Where do I find the directions for that?
I didn’t find them here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/faq.html
I think most of my problem comes from the fact I don’t speak the audio language.
Click on the track at the place that you want to end the first delete, then hold down the Shift key and press the Home key. The region that you want to delete is now selected. Press the Del key to delete the selection.
Click on the track where you want to start the next delete, then hold down the Shift key and press the End key. he region that you want to delete is now selected. Press the Del key to delete the selection.
See here for more information about “Selecting”: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/audacity_selection.html
Do you want to delete everything AFTER the 30 minute mark? Then place the cursor where you want to cut and left click. Then go to Edit—> Select —> Track Cursor to End.
Or Press: Shift and the K key. Then hit Delete.
To cut the first 5 minutes, it’s the same. Click the track at the location you want the audio to begin. Then go Edit —> Select → Track Start to Cursor.
Or Press Shift and the J key. Then Hit Delete.
And this may be a good time to remind you that Audacity Projects, even as they save cursor positions, clip status, track numbers, etc, etc, will not save UNDO. Once you close an Audacity Project, Audacity will clean the UNDO information. It is a good practice to never step on or damage original work or capture material. Always save as a different show name or different filenames so when everything goes into the toilet, you can rescue the show by starting over. If you insist on stepping on the original work by recycling the filenames any error may permanently destroy the show.
Many of us on longer shows periodically save a Project as a different filename so there’s a place for recovery that doesn’t involve going all the way back to the original shoot. Date and time is good.