Missing Seconds at the Beginning of Each Vocal Segment in a Track

Until you can provide us with a way that we can reproduce the problem, there’s not much that we can do. Where “we” are (as opposed to where “you” are) is that we still can’t even see the problem that you are describing. We only have a description of a problem that makes little sense to us. It’s a mystery with no clues.

Thank you.
Heres another clue. Yesterday, when I had completed all the segment of my vocal track, I seperated the segments before I highlighted the track and started doing the effects. When I added Compressor, the beginning of each track shifted about 5 seconds to the left, but that part of the 5 seconds that would have been in the space between tracks was silent.
It is so weird that this happens to me every time since upgrading to 3.0, but can’t be duplicated.
Thanks again for your help.

but can’t be duplicated.

The Desperation Method is make it happen on a different computer. Audacity is free.

The other Desperation Method is stop using 3.0.0.

Unless you were solving a specific problem with the upgrade, don’t upgrade. It’s not an “upgrade” if your production stops working.


So a couple of things.

  1. When I run the compressor with the settings you say you use, my wave forms are not altered significantly. Yours are. Do you know why?

  2. There is a known bug in 3.0.0 where the compressor crashes Audacity if there is any audio before T=0. But I can’t see any of this in your project. In fact you seem to have a musical intro and your first audio is moved after T=0.

  3. Today, do you want to try saving or backing up you your project before adding the Compressor? Is this something that you are comfortable posting to Dropbox, etc. after you have published it? If you do this, do you also want to save a backup prior to moving any splits?

I’ll try it on my laptop tomorrow and see what happens.
I don’t know why my wave forms are altered significantly.
I would be happy to move the various stages of production that you mention to Dropbox or OneDrive. I could do it Monday when I record my next podcast, or I think I saved a version of a podcast before I added any effects. I’ll check. How do I make those files accessible?
Thank you very much.

It’s been awhile, but I wanted to let everyone who replied to my question that the issue has been resolved. Or it resolved itself. Or something.
The only thing that changed, as far as I know, is that I updated some Dell drivers. The issue went away after that, and has stayed away.
I have no idea what happened, but the content of each segment of a track is now staying where it’s supposed to be.
Thank you all for searching for solutions.

This is a similar problem to mine. I have a podcast recorded, added in multiple musical tracks to intersperse, and when I use the Compressor, parts of the vocal track are gone. Not just that they are there with little to no volume: completely removed. It seems to be at split points. My computer specs: Device name DESKTOP-G9P0DOT
Processor Intel(R) Core™ i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz 3.41 GHz
Installed RAM 16.0 GB
System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
OS Windows 10
I have 558GB free. Audacity is version 3.2.1.

I am still learning how to edit, and have no real background in it (tho I am getting better as I go). When I did my normal finishing stuff, I noticed the lost parts. So I went back to a saved version before the finalizing and did each aspect separately, finding that it was the Compressor chopping out pieces. Is this something anyone else has had happen? Or am I the lucky one (as it has done it twice now)?

Is there more info from me needed? Thank you so much for your time!

If possible, could you post before and after screenshots ?

This is before, on a section I am losing every time. I will re-do the compression while at the same spot:
I hope I did that right!

I am losing 69-70 seconds just in that one place.

Thank you for supplying the screenshots. The problem is a little difficult to see visually, but as I study them I can see how the first 33 seconds of the clip on the first track was seemingly discarded.

This issue has been reported to the developers here: https://github.com/audacity/audacity/issues/3903 and may be a duplicate of this issue here: https://github.com/audacity/audacity/issues/1687

That does seem to be the same effect. Thank you!