Another newbie question: If I make a blank, one mono track file and include the effects I want, can that file function as a template (that is, will it retain the effect settings I specify)? For example, EQ choices, limiter(s), etc.
I ask this because I’m about to set out on a project that will have many separate files that need to have the same effects (they are chapters in a audio book). I see that, for example, the EQ effect seems to be cumulative. If I select EQ, then ‘bass boost’, re-select EQ, then ‘treble boost’, it seems as if I get both of those effects overlaid, though the EQ curve just looks like the most recent selection I’ve made. Then there’s the ‘normalize’ effect. I assume I won’t be using it, because it appears to be dynamic … i.e., it applies to the specific sound envelope of a given file, and thus would produce different results on each file.
Does this make sense?
I don’t know of any Effects Template. You can’t add a track to an existing show and have your effects suite automatically added to it.
it seems as if I get both of those effects overlaid, though the EQ curve just looks like the most recent selection I’ve made.
It’s worse than that. Audacity applies effects one at a time and backs them out the same way. So you can Equalize, Normalize, Compress, and Boost, but then you can’t go back in one step and remove or change Equalize. You have to take out Boost, take out Compress, take out Normalize…
I think you can create a Chain which is Audacity’s version of Batch.
That should let you group your effects in one step.
I never thought of it that way before … the chain idea may work better than a template (which was the way I did it in Digital Performer and Garageband). Thanks again for the help. I also noted that I can create a custom EQ profile (e.g. the classic “smile” of bass and treble boost), so that reduces anxiety about what I get by going at the EQ sequentially.
Learning slowly. Thanks much for the help.