I want to find a way (a keyboard shortcut) to shift the focus away from a region label’s text box and back to the audio track when I add region labels while playing the audio. If the shortcut could be a single key directly above the spacebar, that would be ideal.
I am adding hundreds of region labels to separate 2 languages spoken during a conference by a speaker and translator who speak one after another. It’s a tedious process, yes, but based on my research there’s no other way to do this. I’ve now done it many times and the final result is quite good (after further Audacity magic).
But whenever I make a mistake in defining a region label (~20% of the time) I use these steps:
- (A) stop and restart playing using the spacebar (left hand)
(B) use the mouse (right hand) to go back to a previous point and replay that section (spacebar again)
(C) and if I did make a mistake, adjust the ends of the region label I just made (right hand) and then continue playing (spacebar again)
The problem I have stems from the focus moving to the label’s textbox when a region label is added. Can that be prevented? I need the focus to stay in the audio track that is playing so I can use the spacebar in steps (A-C)
(I don’t need any text in my labels, by the way).
My failed attempts to solve this:
Define a keyboard shortcut near the spacebar where my left hand is for step (A)
Failed: you can’t make a single letter shortcut to shift focus once the focus is in the textbox of a label
Use the up arrow key on my Apple Extended Keyboard to shift focus
Failed: the up arrow key is too far from the spacebar
Define a keyboard shortcut to do what the space bar does near the up arrow key
Failed: I tried defining the right arrow key to do what the spacebar does, but it doesn’t work while audio is playing
Define a keyboard shortcut to a macro which adds a label and then shifts focus to the top track
Failed: Although this works while audio is not playing, it does not work as audio is playing
Thanks for any help