Mayby I am a bit conservative but I really do like the way the waveform are displayed in Cool Edit/audition and many other programs so much, that its like to deal with a handicap editing sound in Audacity
I have attached a screenshot. Where the supreme is the way I think presents the sound best. The bottom is the same audio file with shown in audicity as well-known
it could be great to have the ability to set the vertical view it that way
I agree that it would be nice to have an option to show “dB” in the normal “linear” track view, but how often do you actually need to see the dB scale?
Given that it is easy to see in the default “linear” track view when a waveform is “about half the track height” (- 6 dB), or “about 3/4 track height” (-3 dB), and during playback there is a meter that shows dB, do you really need to see a dB scale all the time?
I have added your “vote” for an option to display a dB scale on the normal linear track view.
However, it is important for me to recognize that I am not a pro sound engineer. So maybe I don’t quite know what I’m talking about. Then don’t hesitate to correct me in that case (I would like to learn).
So, while I may be revealing my amateurism by the following, let me anyway review , why I think it would be good to implement “linear dB track view” by walking through one concrete case (by many).
This waveform represents a OK dynamic recording. However, it would sound very low compared to other audio files. Therefore, I would like to “compress the dynamics” slightly. With “linear dB Track view” it is very easy to form an overview. I can see that I have a 5 - 7 wave peak that peaks around 0 to - 2 dB. On the other hand, there are many at the -3 dB line . For that I want to cut (limit) all the wave peaks at the -2 dB line (threshold) and then normalize to 0 dB.
(maybe that could have been done smarter with the Compressor effect - one day I will figure it out - but that is not the case here)
In audacity, as you know, there are several ways to represent the audio file. But no-one really does it for me
It’s hard to see where to cut (at which dB line?) at standard linear view (scale from -1 to 1)