Sorry for my lack of clarity.
I was experimenting with Audacity. I started by importing into the project 4 stereo audio tracks, each of which was a recording of the same concert, but with a different mic setup (spaced pair, ORTF, etc.), and then created a label track. Each of the labels identified a song, exclusive of applause. The labels thus contained all the song content, and everything else was applause, or otherwise to be ignored when normalizing. I figured I would process each track by split-cutting the labels, and pasting them into a new track. Thus, I would wind up with 8 stereo audio tracks (two for each of the original four tracks). One of each of these would contain the songs, and one the applause.
While trying to split-cut the labels on the first track, I observed that all four of the original tracks were being cut. I couldn’t figure out how to split-cut just one track. Whether I had all the tracks time-synced, or not, attempting to split the labels on one track resulted in all four tracks being split cut. At first, I thought I had reached a showstopping point, and I wasn’t going to be able to do the project.
Then, I thought, “Ahah, this is really a feature.” Since I ultimately wanted to split-cut the labels from all four tracks, I thought I might have actually found a short cut to doing this-- i.e., all four tracks would be done at once. I figured I would need four blank tracks into which to paste the labeled sections I had just split-cut from the original four tracks.
I wanted the destination tracks to be immediately under the original tracks (which would contain the detritus after split-cutting the labels). So, as I created each new track, I moved it up (above the label track, which was at the bottom). I then had for brand new, blank tracks, all adjacent to each other. (I observe now that I needn’t have moved them, since I would have had 4 adjacent tracks without any further action, other than creating them. Duh.)
Anyway, I then did the split-cut on the labels, which performed a split-cut on all 4 of the original tracks. I then multi-selected the four new tracks, and did a paste, and… Voila! The labeled sections of each of the original 4 tracks appeared to be in the 4 newly created tracks, leaving the applause in the original 4 tracks.
At least that’s what I think happened. The audio content seems to be that way. I just wanted to be sure that my desire to achieve that result wasn’t coloring my hearing, and that that is what really happened: Pasting the result of split-cutting the labels of 4 tracks simultaneously into 4 new tracks results in having four pairs of tracks; and each of these pairs has one track with the labeled content, and one with the remaining. Then I can manipulate to my heart’s content, and then re-assemble the processed content portion with the applause portion to get back to the original four tracks (but now with the content portion of each track processed as I wish), which can then be mixed as desired.
Am I communicating any better, now? I will gladly provide more detail.