(Using 2.03 for the Mac).
I’ve done some recording/editing of old tapes, but some time ago and I’m still a beginner. I’ve read the manual index, wiki, etc. and read several articles and don’t see what I need.
I’ve saved a track (conversation ) as a mp3, which I’ve edited to get it the way I want it. Now, I’d like to add some information to the beginning of the file. (date, place, people’s names, etc.)
I think I probably have to open a new track, record what I want and then copy the original track to the end of my new track. Is that correct?
If so, how do I do that?
Or is there an easier way? (Can I create a “gap” in the track and insert information?)
Where in the manual would I find this info? Or what search terms should I use for Google?
If you don’t have the original Audacity project, proceed as above to record your introduction, then:
Import the MP3 into the project - it will appear in a new track http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/file_menu.html#import
Using the Time Shift Tool, drag the first track into the second and position it the way you want.
Delete the (now empty) second track
Export the resulting track.
There are other ways to do this. Note that if your original track is stereo and your introduction is mono (one channel) you will need to convert the mono recording to stereo before you drag the original recording into the introduction track - select “Make Stereo Track” from the Track Drop Down Menu http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/track_drop_down_menu.html
Bill and Trebor,
Success! I used the “cut and paste” method. I also tried the time shift method, but when I clicked on the time shift tool, I could never get it to turn off. (I always had the time shift cursor). Eventually I had to close Audacity and re-start. Bill, if you see this reply, could you tell me how to get the “editing” cursor back? (I upgraded to 2.0.5 per your advice. )
I find the Audacity Manual rather hard to use and the links are priceless. I’m copying your replies into a Word document and keeping them for future use. Thanks for your quick responses.