Suddenly no track names on Export Multiple

Audacity 3.1.3
Mac: 11.6.6

I have been ripping some of my vinyls to AIFF, labeling individual tracks, editing metadata, and exporting via Export Multiple. Settings: Split files based on labels, Numbering before Label/Track Name. On export each track appeared as two digit number, like 01,02, etc. followed by track name. Stopped work one evening, Quit Audacity, put Mac to sleep (not shutdown). Started work next AM and now only track number appears as single digit, like 1, 2, etc. and no track name.

Now, even though the Metadata for the current project shows correctly, when attempting to export, export displays metadata from the previous project!

Any help?

In the \Export Multiple make sure the “Nunbering before Label/Track Name” is selects and note that this is NOT the default setting.
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Hi Waxcylinder, thanks for the try. I realize that my posting is wordy, but I did state the status of the radio buttons.

Attached is a screen shot of a sample project. I have no idea what caused the system to stop functioning properly, but if I inadvertently flipped a switch I can’t find it and the manual is no help at all. I anxiously look forward to the manual rewrite that will allow searches.

Thanks for your help.
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Apologies for not reading more thoroughly.

I tested on W11 with 3.1.3

  1. create a 30 second chirp
  2. add four point labels: a, b, c & d
  3. Export Multiple as WAVs based on labels - with numberu=ing before labe; checked “on”
  4. Observe: the four WAV files: 01-a.wav, 02-b.wav, 03-c.wav, 04-d.wav
    Export Multiple result.png

I ran the same test with four region labels instead of point labels - and this worked fine too …

So WORKS-FOR-ME :confused:


I can’t test on my Mac right now as I am in Zürich right now and I only have a W11 PC here.



…and when you do the shutdown?

Trackman, thanks for hanging with me. You didn’t notice, and neither did I until reviewing after posting, that the contents of the export Meta display was an example of my second named problem, i.e., the meta displayed on export was that of the prior project. That was due to my stupidly hitting ‘Set Default’ on the prior project. That problem now solved.

As to the Track Name problem, again, it was working just fine through several projects. The problem started for some unknown reason between two editing sessions. As stated before, Audacity may or may not have been left running, both iterations surely had occurred between prior projects, and the Mac was put to sleep – not shutdown. As I have flailed around trying to solve the problem it HAS been shutdown and cold-started, i.e., not just ‘Restarted’, but the problem persists.

I am attaching below a pdf of a table I created in Xcell showing what meta data is displayed (and what should be displayed) for a few tracks.
And, I presume, so on. I quit attempting the export.
Again, before the “incident” the track numbers were always presented as 01, 02, 03, etc. After, they are as above: 1,2,3, etc. And, by the way, this problem is the same now on any project I attempt to export, even projects that were previously successfully exported and tested to observe if they had the same issue.

I believe I have flipped a toggle somehow. I don’t think there is anything with the software, but I don’t understand how I have screwed it up.

Your patience and assistance is appreciated. Thank you again.
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Who CAN and WILL help me with this problem? If the problem has not been clearly stated in the transactions below, kindly advise what I have omitted. Said helper or advisor should have a MacOS 11.6.7 and Audacity 3.1.3. I am attempting to export to an AIFF, not WAV, not mp3, not even m4A.

I have even tried to totally delete Audacity, but even that didn’t work. Maybe I missed something in the Library, so if one can’t help me clear up the Multiple Export problem, perhaps someone can give me a step-by-step to totally, I mean TOTALLY remove Audacity so that I can do a clean install.

If no-one has a solution to either alternative above, perhaps one can guide me to a third-party program to provide the meta data on a resultant AIFF file.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Meta data or file names? Which are you talking about?