Spectrograph view ON-OFF

Mac OS 10.10.3 (14D131)
Audacity 2.0.6 (from .dmg file)

Et Al:
Hello. This is my first posting to the Audacity Forum.
And now, my first
Stupid Question # 1
I was reading up on using filters for the recording of 33.3 rpm LP’s and (probably) old 78 rpm records. (I have quite the collection of the latter that I do want to preserve digitally.) It was suggested that one uses the Spectrograph view to make it easier to locate scratches. One thing I cannot find is how to switch to the Spectrograph view. It said, and I quote, “Press the shortcut Q key to change …” .

Does this mean the actual letter “Q”? As a uppercase or lowercase? One place stated the ‘“Q” button’, of which I do not see anything like that, unless the keyboard key was meant.

Actually a simple question and answer: How do I get into and out of the Spectrograph view?

click in the track name or the little black triangle in the Track Control Panel at the left of the track - see: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/audio_track_dropdown_menu.html

This page will also be useful: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/click_removal_using_the_spectrogram_view.html

And this one on 78s: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/recording_78rpm_records.html


I was writing while Peter was so I may as well just post.

You should upgrade to 2.1.0 because 2.0.6 does not support Yosemite. You can get 2.1.0 here http://audacityteam.org/download/mac.

Q does not access the Spectrogram views. It only works with the Spectral Selection feature that is new to 2.1.0. A spectral selection is a selection of only certain frequencies within the time selection. The spectral selection can only be seen when you are in a Spectrogram view.

All Q does is turn on/off display of that spectral selection. Spectral selection is an advanced feature which can only be used with a few Spectral edit effects. You may find it easier to just follow Click removal using the Spectrogram view - that is, just delete clicks rather than filter them. If the spectral selections get in the way of doing that, use Q to remove the frequency selection from the time range.