Looks like Audacity is not exporting/overwriting

I am on Windows 10 and Audacity 3.3.2. But I believe the problem had been existing in previous versions too.
I am stacking the same audio track on top of itself (100 layers each cycle) with the macro tool (I can supply my macro and audio file for your testing purpose). At the end of each run I manually export a single result file replacing the old file. This, I am just noticing, is not working for some reason.
Can you shed a bit of light on this situation?


:roll_eyes: So I’m thinking one would need much much more detail to take a stab at this, perhaps starting with why you think this is not working and why you think it should? Then probably all of the nitty gritty details in between.

Why I think it is not working is that the file (looks like) is not changing. And of course, if I keep stacking them up and export as MP3 (insane mode) it should change (the graph of the audio) should get fuller and more solid as every time I layer another track on top of the other ones, I do a bit of time-shifting.
I hope that makes sense. But you know what? Looks like my audio stays the same, no matter how many times I layer it with new audio.

There are free plugins which will thicken sound …

Actually, no. As before, I have absolutely no idea what you are doing or how you are doing it. Best to start over… - or try Trebor’s suggestions.

I’m so sorry. I’ll try to explain again. Basically what I am trying to create is a final track that consists of many runs of my very long macro script. What the script basically does is layer the same initial track 100 times while doing a very short amount of time-shifting so the identical tracks don’t exactly overlap, so still the individual tracks are heard separately by the subconscious mind - perhaps. This is a new technique that is being used by me, and perhaps others to fortify the effect of hypnotic / subliminal recordings. The thing is that the wave displayed with the subsequent runs of the macro should slowly morph to a shape that is just completely and fully blue color (solid) instead of showing empty spots and waves - this is what should happen as a result of time-shifting, as the previously empty spots will be occupied be rises of the wave elsewhere.

Please let me know if this explanation is any better.


Again as a result of identical tracks being layered on top of each other 100 times, while timeshifting with each layering, you will have the fallen areas of the track wave shown in audacity editor covered up by risen parts of the same track being stacked on top of each other with time-shifting.

That’s what should happen, but it is not, hence my very strong suspicion that there is a flaw somewhere that causes exporting of the final resultant tracks is - for some reason - not occurring.

Maybe if you could have a look at my macro, you would better know what’s going on.

I am thinking this has little to do with the export process. So let me suggest using the tool Tracks > Mix > Mix and Render to New Track. Start small, say with two tracks rather than 100. Then you can zoom in to the individual sample level and see exactly what is going on with your macro.

Thanks for the reply, Jademan; that could very well be the issue!!! What is the default export settings through the macro section of the application, if you don’t mind me asking? As I have learned, there are two ways to export;

  1. The aggregate of all the tracks.
  2. The aggregate of only the selected tracks.

Even if I had accidentally chosen the latter - or if someone intentionally or accidentally changed the settings - it should have been okay, as all the tracks are in selected mode when the application attempts to export.

I am afraid I can be of no further use to you on this subject. :roll_eyes: Perhaps someone else would like to contribute. :question: