My question is not really mac specific, as I use audacity on both Mac and Windows, but there’s something that I need to ask about, as it’s making me a little paranoid. I’m hyped up on caffeine so i’m sorry if it’s rambly.
I’m currently working on a project with LOTS of tracks, 45+? at the moment, and different tracks are set to different gain levels. Unfortunately I am not able to see the actual numerical gain value of any specific track. Sure, I can click on the gain slider and find out the gain that way, but this action, even if it does not result in me changing the volume, counts as an action in the Audacity program, thus it can be “undone” and also appears when you view history, neither of which I want to happen when I am just checking something. It really messes with things. All i’m looking for is a way to see the precise gain value of any track, without all of that. The audio mixer in the “view” section also unfortunately doesn’t show any numeric values, just much taller volume sliders, so it’s no help either.
When the gain is largely different usually I can just see that it is approximately in the correct place, you know, from the default view, but , for example, when the gain for something is at -1.47, and is inbetween two tracks that are at 0, then it becomes quite difficult to see the difference.
What reaper does is, when you hover the mouse over the gain knob, a small text box barely bigger than the cursor pops up with the exact numerical value, very basic stuff, and thus you can check without “interacting” with the project. It is very unfortunate that audacity does not do this, as it is otherwise a very intuitive program. Something like this, or similar, or just something different that accomplishes my goal, hard to believe it doesn’t exist. (I can show screenshots of what I mean if it’s not easy to understand)
I am currently using version 2.2.2, I don’t enjoy upgrading my software version, as a rule of thumb I only do this when I encounter a bug that a later version fixes, so if something like this is implemented in a later version of Audacity, I’d be really happy to know. Alternatively if it’s some hidden feature in “preferences”, or a shortcut, that would also be great. Even if it’s something windows exclusive i’d be really happy to know.
Probably could have portrayed this with a bunch less words, so sorry for the ramble.
edit: title makes more sense now