Many times in song creation I have the need to insert silence within a given track to move a part of the track a little further down the timeline to line up specifically where I want it within the song. Typically I will just select an amount of existing silence, copy it, then paste at the start of the area I want to scoot down (this is just a quick way to do it). But, in doing so, Audacity automatically creates a clip within the track with the dark clip lines at each end of the clip. In order to get rid of the clip lines and remove the clip I typically will just click on an individual clip line which will then remove the line and merge the clip to the track. However, many times this causes Audacity to crash for some reason. Then I have to restart Audacity, “Recover” the song, and Save. Usually I’ll then shut Audacity down again and restart just to make sure there are no pending issues.
I do understand that Audacity has time-shifting functionality but the method I’m using is quick and simple…at least for me.
But why does it crash when clicking the clip line and merging the clip to the track?
Is there a way to stop Audacity from creating a clip when copying and pasting?