I was wondering if there was a way to change the units of measurement on the time bar that runs parallel to the bottom of the toolbar in audacity 2.0.5. Currently, it measures things in seconds and half seconds; I would like it to measure things in quarter seconds ( seconds divided into four equal sections), ie sixteenth notes with a 60 - bpm tempo. Is that possible in this version of audacity, and if so, how? If not, do any of you know a program that does this? I need to make precise rhythmic measurements of a natural phenomenon I have recorded for a project which is due in a couple of weeks.
Thank you all for your time and I look forward to your answers
If you zoom-in it will show milliseconds (or even more precisely).
If it’s really the tempo you’re after, there’s probably no good substitute for a human simply counting the beats for 30 or 60 seconds. There are some beat detection algorithms for music, but they aren’t perfect and they would probably work especially-poorly with most “natural phenomenon”.
A DAW such as REAPER or Cubase can be set-up for a certain tempo (BPM) but I’m not sure that will help and a DAW has a learning-curve maybe 10 times longer than a simple audio editor like Audacity. And in the DAW, you’d generally need to know the tempo and then type it in manually to “align” the music (or other sound).
There is a plugin for creating a label track to indicate bars and beats: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/beat-per-minute-labels/20785/1