Split stereo recording epic fail

Audacity v. 2.0.5 exe download, Win7 32 bit, 4Gb RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00 GHz Processor.
I have been trying all day to split a 1 hour stereo recording into the individual music tracks. This is a personal recording, my father’s orchestra in performance in 1969, digitized from reel-to-reel and converted to a .WAV file. It has no DRM restrictions, it is 1 continuous hour of live big band music, period.

I installed the latest version of Audacity, the rest of my pc is completely up-to-date.

I go through the help files, FAQ’s, and search this forum trying to find out why the choices to split are either greyed out or completely non-existent. I select a portion, I deselect it, I click the yellow square, I seem to only be able to cut or copy anything using this software. Searching for silence hasn’t worked. I tried to insert a silence into it and that was a disaster. Why is there such a huge silence? 30 seconds is default, way too long. I couldn’t change it after insertion, so I ended up closing the file, and starting all over again, for about the 30th time today. Now I can’t find where that command was. :astonished: :open_mouth: :confused: Commands are frequently either greyed out or non-existent, did I already say that?

There are 20 music selections on this recording and I want each one of them to be a separate item in the recording, with the pertinent detail information for each one.

What am I missing or doing wrong? I am not a sound engineer so please keep it in plain language, Thank you so much! If you need a data file or image or anything let me know.

Sharon in Illinois

Please try this in the 2.0.5 Manual:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/splitting_a_recording_into_separate_tracks.html .


Gale, thank you so much for posting the link! I was able to get all the splitting and labeling done in about 2 hours!

Now to work on balancing the audio, it has 2 channels, one a little weaker in places. I will come back here if I have any further questions.


Sharon in Illinois

Thanks, Sharon.

If you have questions about balancing, please start a new topic for that.