What I need

Just loaded this to see if I can solve a problem I have.
This is really something, remarkable program to say the very lest!

I’m running Xubuntu 14.4 / Audacity 2.0.5, I installed it from the “Ubuntu softwar center”.

Here’s what I was hoping to be able to do:
I have a disk with eight tracks on it, one is 56 min. long of varios tracks, (not sure how someone managed to burn that).
I would like to isolate a few of those tracks and “cut” them out to save , or “delete” them all together.

What is the easiest way to acomplish this?


The first thing to do is to get the audio from the tracks into your computer. What sort of disk is it? An audio CD-R?

Yes, it is a CD R.

You need to “rip” the CD to a lossless format (such as WAV of FLAC).
I think that Xubuntu should have SoundJuicer available which can rip to FLAC format https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CDRipping
Then you can import the ripped file into Audacity to edit it (see: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_editing_an_existing_file.html)
and then export the edited version in whatever format you require (see: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/exporting_audio.html)

Yes, it is a CD R.

It can be a CD-R and not be an Audio CD. Audio CD is a very specific format. A Data CD with music on it may play on your computer, but not in your mum’s Buick.


I’m not certain how to determine a data from an audio disk, but they are formated as .WAV already.
Going to look into the link to import into Audiacity now.


Then they may be data disks. An Audio CD doesn’t offer its music as standard WAV files.

In order to get as much music on the disk when the audio system was designed, much of the normal file structure and data management was simply left out. The two types of disks are very different, but most computers go to great lengths to hide that.

I’ve seen a laptop that assured me all the music was in WAV format when I know the computer was “ripping” the music in the background from Audio CD to WAV.


So how do you determine what type of disk it is?

What do you see if you open the disk in your file browser?
Depending on how talented your file browser is, you may be able to just drag and drop them from the CD to a folder on your hard drive.

I forced the Operating System (OS-X) to give me INFO and I forced VLC Media Player to open it and give me info.
This is a store-bought Audio CD
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By the way, this is a Product Request. Because of the way Audacity works, it has no Clip INFO. You don’t miss that until Something Goes Wrong.