I keep needing to do this - past a clip in, replacing an identically sized part of the main track - but only just got around to looking for the ‘best’ way.
Basically there wasn’t one, and it hasn’t been discussed for years - so I worked on out and thought I’d put this up…
- Copy the section you want to paste to the clipboard
- Paste it into a new track, position it where you want it inserted into the main track
- Select the clip (it is probably already selected from the insert/positioning)
- Select in all tracks (Ctrl-Shift-K)
- Delete (Ctrl-K)
- Paste (Ctrl-V)
- Remove the track you added at step 2.
Just put this here for the next person who googles for it!
Thanks for the tip pperrin. That’s similar to the way I do it.
My steps (in this case, copying one part of a track into another place):
- Select the part to be copied
- Ctrl+D (duplicate the selected audio to a new track)
- Enter (de-select the original selection)
- F5 (Time Shift tool)
- Drag the duplicate clip to where you want it inserting
- F1 (back to the selection tool)
- Enter (de-select the duplicate clip)
- Up cursor (move focus to the original track)
- Enter (select the same region in the original track)
- Ctrl+L (silence the selection)
and I’d normally leave it at that - no real need to merge the tracks into one, but if the project is getting too big (too many tracks), it can be mixed down into a single track with:
- Ctrl+A (select all)
- Tracks menu > Mix and Render
That looks a lot when listed click by click, but basically it’s:
Ctrl+D → drag into position → Ctrl+L (and use the Enter key as necessary to ensure the right part is selected)
There’s also a plug-in for Paste Replace (somewhere on this forum - I’ll have a look)
Here it is (or more precisely, here they are )
If you want, we can add your “vote” for a built-in Paste Replace command.
That duplicate and the enter, arrow, enter is neat…
So now I can use D to make the copy and new track in one, then position the clip, C, , up, , V
A bit more effort and it will do it with no key strokes at all!