For some friends I remove boring bits from long recordings. The work flow is identical, and I’d like to automate as much of it as I can. It doesn’t look like macros / chains allows any editing (e.g. can’t automate the “cut” as it’s not an effect). Any way to automate this? I’m up for some coding if someone would point me in the right direction.
Here is my workflow.
once I have the file loaded.
find and select a boring bit (can’t be automated)
split @ cut point (helps w/ selections that follow)
fade out the 1 second before the cut
fade in the 1 second after the cut
remove the split
go to 1
it’s also a bit annoying that the fades don’t have hot keys. Maybe it’s assignable and I just haven’t figured it out yet?
Anyway, any ideas on how to automate some repetitive editing work? It’d cut-down on the time it takes to do this by quite a bit. Once I have the boring bit selected I’d like to just hit a hot-key (or at lest just select one menu-item) and automate the rest.
I’m running Audacity version 2.2.1 on Ubuntu 220.127.116.11. LST
Yeah, a crossfade would work fine for my needs. Thanks for your help.
This is really stupid but, I don’t have a “tools → macro” menu item. I have a “File → Chains”, but those only allow effects, not edit commands like cut (AFAICT). did macros show up after 2.2.1, or arn’t available on linux, or am I just an idiot and can’t find it?
I uninstalled the package 2.2.x package from the Ububtu default repro, and installed the 2.3.x from snap and how I have macros!
I did the macro like you suggested. Works great! thanks!
Turns out, I like the fade in & fade out a little better than the cross fade, but the macro was easy to change. Posting it here for posterity in case anyone else could benefit. Using relativeTo=“Selection” for the second selection effectively just moves the selection forward one second. That was the only “tricky” bit. :
This is a Nyquist plug-in which deletes the selection except for the first and last bits of the selection. The first and last bits are crossfaded. For example, if you select 1 second, and the “Crossfade length” is 0.1 seconds, then the middle 0.8 seconds will be deleted, and the first and final 0.1 seconds are crossfaded.