Paste Special


I’m trying to get into Audiobook production and currently using Audacity 2.1.2.

I’ve had a couple of books published already, so I think I’ve got the hang of the various ACX requirements.

However, editing seems like a very slow process. I’ve just read that the latest version has Punch and Roll recording, so I’ll be updating tomorrow, just as soon as I’ve worked out if my plug-ins (like ACX Check) will still be there.

My question relates to Paste Special (that’s what it’s called in one of the ACX expert videos). Is there a way to copy say a second of clean room tone, then use that to paste over gaps of varying length. The longest part of the job feels like pasting, then deleting some to try and match the original gap, then listening again and possibly deleting again to fix the pacing.


Please point us to that “ACX expert video” so we can see what you mean.

Thank you

It’s in this blog post on ACX:


Audacity does not have that feature built in, but there’s a Nyquist plug-in that can do it:

Instructions for installing Nyquist plug-ins:

Ah Steve, you are a genius

I’ve upgraded to the latest version, installed the plug-in you pointed me at, and edited a sample chapter in literally half the time it would have taken before!

Once I record new chapters with punch and roll, I’ll be saving even more.

Thank you so much for responding so quickly