I’m digitizing some old vinyl records right now. The “repair” effect is great to get rid of the most annoying clicks. But it requires a lot of zooming in and out: Listen to the audio while zoomed out, so you can locate clicks, then zoom in a few times until you can make a small enough selection, then apply the repair effect, then zoom out a few times again for the overview and start looking for the next click. I’ve looked at the wiki and the forum, and there seems no way to speed that workflow up. Using the mouse scrollwheel with Ctrl and Shift is the fastest way to do it right now.
I have come up with a few ideas, please tell me what you think of them:
This would be the simplest change to implement, I believe. For my problem, I would need only 2 fixed zoom values: a close-up and an overview. It would be great if there were keyboard shortcuts to switch from one to the other (maybe Ctrl+4 and Ctrl+5? Or just one shortcut to cycle through the presets?). Even better if you could set your own preferred 2 zoom values.
I see there is a suggestion in http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Feature_Requests for “Edit Toolbar: Zoom presets”. I wouldn’t mind a button in a toolbar, but the keyboard is often faster.
More complicated, but more powerful: Allow a second view of the current waveform which can be set to another zoom level. Both views are always synchronous, but one could be an overview, and the other a close-up. You can make selections and edit in both views. It would be much quicker than zooming in one view: just click the overview to position your zoomed view, then make a selection in that zoomed view, do “repair”, and jump to the next click via the overview.
If you could open a second view, maybe you could have a third one, too? It could be useful to have a spectrogram visible at the same time as the waveform.
This is probably what the “Multiple track views” Feature Request in the wiki is about (but it does not mention independent zoom values).
When you click with this tool, it automatically runs “repair” over the 128 samples (-64/+64) where you clicked. No need to zoom in, but of course your clicks will be more accurate when zoomed in. There could be an option for the “brush size” if you want less than 128 samples selected. This would be a narrow solution for just this problem. Zoom presets or multiple views would be useful for other things, too.
“Bind particular parameters of effects to buttons or keyboard shortcuts” is maybe the thing in the Feature Requests that comes closest to this. … ah, I just found “Suggestion: Repair Limits” on http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Pending_Feature_Requests. Steve has the same idea there!
So, what do you think?
Would you use any of these things?