I’m not new to digital audio editing software. I have used a few different programs. But audacity has me stumped on how to copy/paste a single track recorded with a mic into the opposite track.
When I try, the pasted track is not synched. The tools are sticky and do not insert at the point where I click int he track.
Also, as I was recording, each time I stopped a new track was made. It took me 3 hours to make a 6 minute recording. When I consolidated all the clips on one track, the original sequence was no preserved. How do I make audacity stop making new tracks on each take?
How do I make audacity stop making new tracks on each take?
Pause the recording with the P key and then start up again with another P.
Stop the recording and Append Record with Shift-R.
Select a mono track by clicking just above MUTE. Duplicate the track with Command-D. Using the drop-down menu on the left > Make Stereo Track.
That will give you a stereo track with identical work left and right.
how to copy/paste a single track recorded with a mic into the opposite track.
As I read this, you don’t. You put the backing track on top and then File-Import the vocal track as track 2. Push track 2 around with the Time Shift Tool (two sideways black arrows) until it arrives where you want it. When you File > Export, Audacity will smash them together into one song.
You should check for overload or other sound problems before you Export. Tracks > Mix and Render to New Track. Inspect the new track for problems. Select it with SOLO so the other tracks don’t try to play at the same time. While it’s selected > File > Export Selected.
That gives you a “dual mono” track with both left and right channels identical. It will sound mono as a result.
Are you wanting to pan one of the duplicates in one direction, left or right? If so, delete the upper track, make the remaining track mono, then use the L…R slider on the track. This usually gives the nicest result. If you want to see the result as a stereo track, do Tracks > Mix and Render.
To avoid confusion, a stereo track has left and right channels. You may use the Track Dropdown Menu to “Split Stereo Track” into two tracks, one that says Left and one that says Right.