I’m an Audiobook narrator, and the “ACX Check plugin” is a godsend.
Problem is, the plugin only outputs to a message box–in the middle of the Audacity screen.
Thus, if i have a folder full of 30 WAV files, and I want to check if they all pass ACX, then, I can run the macro. But the macro will stop at each WAV file and show me the “OK box” And, it won’t progress to the next file until i press OK.
Is there anyway i can get the ACX Check plugin to output its results to a TEXT file?
I’m a programmer and I see that it’s written in Nyquist. Is it worth it for me to go to UpWork and request a “Nyquist programmer” to attempt to alter this code? So that it will only output to a test file and not on screen.
outputs to a message box–in the middle of the Audacity screen.
Right. Which is what most casual users and all new users want.
I’m a programmer
So you know re-direct to a text file isn’t the big deal, is the loop and repeat—predictably with escapes here and there.
“I accidentally turned it loose on a folder with 5000 files. Make it stoooooooop!”
ACX Check was written by flynwill. It’s a collection of other people’s existing tools. I wrote the instructions how to ACX Test the old way. As Robert Benchley once said the first time he saw the New York State Tax Code: “Don’t be silly.”
So maybe Flynwill is up to a new challenge. I’ll ping him and see.
As a fine, upstanding member of the support community, I may insist you set up the automation each time. There’s just nothing like a New User horrified that ACX-Check “seems” to have failed.
I’m afraid I have no idea how to modify the tool to send its output to a text file instead of the pop-up window, or if that is even possible (perhaps the Nyquist experts here can say). My Lisp programming skills are pretty minimal, ACX-Check was created out of bits and pieces of other existing plug-ins.
My instinct is that if you want a batch tool, it should be written outside of Audacity. Python would probably be a good choice as I know there are libraries to read/write .wav files as well as a lot of libraries for mathematical analysis.
Thousands would appreciate it if possible.
I’d be willing to pay
Is there a sub forum here where I would post this job?
It probably is possible but,
- I don’t have time to work on this right now as we are gearing up to release Audacity 2.3.1
- Audacity 2.3.1 would be better for this than earlier versions of Audacity because of new features that have been added.
@boonman, feel free to send me a PM after Audacity 2.3.1 has been released to remind me about this (see the “Contact” link under my name on the right).