Playing tracks created in Audacity on Myriad - timings are out?

Hi all,

I have a music show on a community internet radio station, and when I’m not able to present the show live I’ve been using Audacity 2.1.3 (just updated to 2.3.1 this morning) to pre-record it and output the results as an mp3 file (which is then imported into Myriad at the studio).

I’ve been creating 1-hour segments in Audacity, but when I import then into Myriad in the radio studio they’ve been showing as 45 minutes long. I’ve absolutely no idea whether the source of the problem is in Audacity or Myriad (I’ve posted the same question on the Myriad forum), but I’d be grateful for any suggestions the assembled cognoscenti might have.

Thanks in advance


My guess is that the actual length is correct, but that the software is displaying the length incorrectly, which is probably because you have exported as VBR (Variable Bit Rate) MP3 (the default in Audacity 2.3.1). Displaying the wrong length of VBR encoded MP3 is a common bug in many applications.

If my guess is correct, then there are 2 solutions:

  1. Myriad fix their software so that it displays the correct length of VBR encoded MP3.
  2. You set the Audacity MP3 export options to “CBR” (“Constant” bit rate). See: MP3 Export Options - Audacity Manual

Hi Steve,

Many thanks for this - I did as you suggested and Myriad now imports/sees the files as the correct length.

Cheers bud