Possible to append rec on same track?

Hi, an oldie user of ‘Cool Edit 96’ here, just getting to grips with Audacity and trying all the buttons. :slight_smile:

Is it possible to continue recording at the end of a saved file (append record), but not to have Audacity making a whole new track?

Also, is it possible to record small section (insert) or (overwrite) a portion of a saved file?

(Windows 7)

“Transport menu > Append record”
Shortcut: Shift+R

You can’t record over a portion of a track. What you do is:

  1. Select the bit that you want to overwrite, and silence it. You can silence it with “Edit > Remove Special > Silence Audio” (Ctrl+L), which is a “destructive” edit, or using the envelope tool, which is a bit fiddly, but is a “non-destructive” edit.

  2. Extend the selection a bit so that you have a lead in / out (pre-roll / post-roll).

  3. Press Record (shortcut “R”). The new take goes onto a new track. You can then trim / adjust / crossfade as necessary.

Good stuff, just tried it and that’s very handy for me, thanks.

Now making a wall chart of Audacity keyboard shortcuts.


There is a full list in the manual: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/keyboard_shortcut_reference.html