Several DAWs and music/sound applications (Ableton Live, NI Reaktor etc) provides the possibility to set an external audio sample editor. Audacity is almost perfect for this. Here is the current workflow:
In your DAW audio app:
(- Set up Audacity as your external sample editor)
Select and open the sample file you want to edit
Audacity starts and has opened the selected sample file
You use Audacity to edit the sample
When done you want replace the original file with the edited sample. This is where it becomes a bit complicated:
You have to export the file, navigate to where the original is stored and save the export there. This takes some time.
If however there was a “Save in place” option in the clip right-click menu that when selected replaced the the original file with the editied audio it would save so much time and frustration.
yeah, the save vs export thing is very tricky to solve overall because different kinds of users will have vastly different expectations on what “save” exactly means. Overwriting an existing file is certainly something I’m considering as an option:
(as you can see, this is very much a work-in-progress design)
I was thinking of having the ‘Save in place’ menu item in the right-click menu of the clip itself (tho one that has cut, copy paste, split, mute etc) then it does’nt interfere with the regular save/export.
Unfortunately Ableton (or Windows) doesn’t let go of the file completely so Audacity cannot overwrite it, so I don’t get my buttery smooth workflow. Anyhow the major problem was solved (not needing to navigate to the file) so thanks again.