I’m using Audacity 3.1.3 on Windows 11.
I’m having an issue on one Audacity project and unsure if it is being caused by Audacity settings, computer settings, or ‘other’.
The issue I am having is that I am experiencing moments of complete silence during playback, they’re short and probably no more than a few tenths of a second to half a second. Where they happen is random, each playback results in the silences happening in different places. Every playback however I would say the silences happen around every 15 to 20 seconds, for the entire duration of the playback.
I haven’t used the record function of Audacity at all for this project, it is based on .wav files that were recorded on a Tascam 8-track studio and are fault free. I will get the possible ‘other’ out of the way right now! The project is currently comprised of 24 tracks, each one lasting 20 minutes. It’s a long song It is in fact the entire reason why I recently started using Audacity, as my Tascam is just 8-tracks and I don’t want to use bouncedown for this song, I want to keep the whole thing at individual tracks. It was my intention to go up to around 48 tracks, but if this is the reason for the silences (number and length of tracks) then that isn’t going to happen sadly.
The song itself plays at the correct speed, none of the tracks are going out of sequence with the others, no other issues, just the annoying short silences.
Is it as simple as I’m trying to use too many tracks at too long a length for Audacity to handle? I would like to think my computer can handle the situation though, and the fact there are no other issues does suggest it isn’t at fault on a performance level.
I’d love to hear from anyone who has experience of using a lot of tracks/long songs with or without the issue I’m experiencing (or anyone using less and shorter tracks and experiencing the same) and hopefully how you fixed it.
I am living in hope there is a simple fix for this, I imagine Audacity is there for complex projects to be managed.
I have had a good search through the forum and manual, but all the topics or references in the manual refer to problems that have been caused when users have recorded tracks and are then suffering from issues during playback having used the record function. These are literally all imported tracks, I haven’t been anywhere near the record function or messed with any of the related settings, this is something Audacity is doing based on imported .wav files only.
Thanks for reading, I look forward to hopefully not just reading I have zero chance of ever getting this project to work without any problems!
I’m not sure what system info would be of use, but the basics are:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Version 10.0.22000 Build 22000
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core™ i5-1035G1 CPU @ 1.00GHz, 1190 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
Total Virtual Memory 9.04 GB