I do a LOT of audio editing, mostly of lectures and some streaming radio shows, and often would like to TRIM the start and stop (intro, etc) and it’s useful to toggle Waveform (dB) to see “down in the noise,” to better select a Cut or Fade point.
Is there a way to assign hotkeys for Waveform? It would be FANTASTIC to have a TOGGLE function, back and forth between Waveform (dB) and Waveform… to view intro and trail-out of segments for fading selection.
You can’t assign a hot-key, but you can do the next best thing.
Press the “menu key” to open the track menu for the currently selected track (or “shift + M”), then press the appropriate “accelerator key” (the underlined letter):
“v” for “Waveform”
“w” for “Waveform (dB)”
Since the OP (orig post), have used the shortcut functions a lot.
There’s a slight issue to raise. Let say… I open TWO FLAC files, one atop the other in the display window. In WAVEFORM mode, there looks like some ripple or `audio data´ in the 0.5 sec lead-in to the audio where there should be SILENCE. However when switching one file (or both) to WAVEFORM (dB) mode, the Zero-line is flat as a pancake with NO data whatsoever.
Why is there data, or signal displayed in baseline WAVEFORM mode when there are all Zeros in the 0.5 sec lead-in segment?
Need a screencap for this?
p.s. a feature when one could mouse-over the waveform and see amplitude and dB displayed real-time in the status bar would be a good eval feature.
Normal “linear” waveform view shows sample values from +1 to -1, so all (valid) samples are displayed.
The equivalent numerical range for dB is 0 to -infinity. Of course we can’t have an infinitely tall track, so the bottom of the range is not displayed. By default the displayed range is 0 to -60 dB, so any samples below -60 dB appear as “silence” (on the centre line). The lower limit of the dB range may be changed in Preferences: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/interface_preferences.html
I force the first 0.5 sec to `all zeros´ when editing the file, then export a s FLAC. The files in question were processed recently and exported as described. So there must be some encoding hash (or noise) introduced when FLACing?
Not yet, but there seems to be some interest by at least a couple of developers for adding that as a new feature in a future version of Audacity.
I agree that it could sometimes be useful. Sometimes it would be useful to display a waveform and a spectrogram, so a general feature of allowing multiple views of the same track data would be nice.
Currently, the closest you can get is to duplicate the track (Ctrl+D) and then set the track views as required - (not ideal, but occasionally a useful workaround).
The main point here, and the tip is: Switching between Waveform and Waveform dB mode to better select CUT points, and for selecting fade points.
The Zero Crossing function is also good for this, in most cases.
After a short while (of learning), it’s fast and easy to changes modes with the hotkeys.