separating tracks

I have downloaded your instructions for splitting tracks and followed through to ‘click the export button’ when I should get metadata with the first track title. There are no titles shown. I have tried adding the track titles in order first of all clicking ‘add’ after each one and then ‘OK’ after each one. Supposedly when I come to the last track the information will be saved. This doesn’t happen. All I get is that export has cancelled after 0 files. I expected to find in my music file the item saved split into the number of tracks for downloading to an MP3. Any advice.

Please see the pink panel at the top of the page and let us know that information.

It is best to make sure you are using Audacity 2.1.0 from and are reading Splitting a recording into separate tracks - Audacity Manual.

So as per that page, add labels to demarcate each song in the track, then use File > Export Multiple… . Type in the metadata you want for the standard seven tag fields in the “Value” cell. The “Add” button adds new custom tags that not all players may see.



I have the latest version of Audacity, downloaded about two months ago. My windows is 8 or to be precise 8.1. I think I have the exe.installer, don’t recognise zip. You do say that I should type in information regarding tracks in metadata but I have already done this as I mentioned in my enquiry. Also the information in ‘Splitting a recording into separate tracks’ I downloaded from the Audacity Development Manual. Hope this helps


You may have a spoof version then because the latest Audacity version supplied by us 2.1.0 which was released less than a month ago. It’s very important when we ask for the version number that you give us all three numbers from Help > About Audacity… . Please see the pink panel at the top of the page.

Meantime please upgrade to 2.1.0 supplied by us:

Please obtain 2.1.0 (EXE) from the link above. Then when you have installed it, open Help > Manual… top right of the window to read the Manual for 2.1.0. This ensures you are looking at the correct Manual.

The link can also be used. That link is always correct for the latest version of Audacity, so it is currently correct for 2.1.0.

It is simplest to use Labels to mark the split points, then you can follow

As I said, do not use the “Add” button in the Metadata window. When you export multiple, the Metadata window already has Track Title and Track Number filled in. Simply type in the “Value” cell for the other five standard tags. This will work if you use 2.1.0 from the link above.



My version is Audacity 2.0.6. If this makes a difference will down load the 2.1.0 version.



Hi Gale

Have now downloaded 2.1.0 version so will see how that goes. One other point. I recorded two sides of a tape. I now see that I should use the ‘pause’ to keep the second side on the same track which I have done in my latest recording. However on my first effort I didn’t so the two sides comes on two tracks. How to I know which track I am on when splitting?


At least it minimizes the potential issues that this problem can be based on.

Edit > Select > All.

Tracks > Align Tracks > Align End to End.

Tracks > Mix and Render.

Now you have both sides of the tape on one Audacity track.


I am having the same problem with the “Export Multiple” function. Just now upgraded from v2.0.6 to 2.1.0. I have read through Audacity’s FAQ on this section thoroughly, I go through the process of entering the necessary metadata for each labeled track, clicking OK at each step (instead of save), and being met with “Cannot export audio to C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity…” etc, and “Export canceled after exporting the following 0 file(s).”

You need to export to a location that is writeable for your account. "C:\Program Files (x86)" is not writeable for a standard user account. Try exporting to somewhere that is writeable, for example to you “Documents” folder.

I’ve tried all of the steps above (updating from your link, Exporting Multiple with all the appropriate checkmarks, etc.), but it’s still not saving separate tracks. Instead it simply exports as a single file, oddly named “untitled” even though the project is named. I get this result whether I export as .WAV or .MP3.

I know I have done this before many times, probably with earlier versions. I’m using Windows Vista. Thanks.

Are you exporting multiple by adding labels in a Label Track?

If so, have just one Audacity audio track. Then the radio button “Split files based on: Labels” will be automatically selected for you in the Export Multiple dialogue.

If you still cannot work if out, use View > Fit in Window, View > Fit Vertically, then show us a screenshot of the Audacity window. Please see here for how to attach files: