Why is the CTRL-M method not working?


Newbie here: Windows 10, Audacity 2.1.2 (downloaded yesterday).

For the past 15 years or so, I have been digitizing my LP collection using a stand-alone Pioneer CD-recorder. (Other gear includes: Oracle Delphi Mk. III table, SME V tonearm, Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 Cartridge, Audible Illusions Modulus IIB preamp with phono stage). After creating a new CD by this method, I rip it to FLAC and listen on various devices.

I have made around 200+ CDs from my LP collection using this method over the years, however, now that the CD recorder has died, I decided to buy an ART Phono Plus ADC and download Audacity. My high-end audio dealer advised me that there is an Ayre ADC for $4000, but I am not going to pay even a quarter of that at this point. Mr preliminary listening to the ART indicates that it will work just fine.

Anyway, creating tracks on the Pioneer was pretty simple–just press the record button, and a new track was created instantly. On Audacity, it seems that the preferred method is to do this after the recording has been created. I did a test recording and tried the CTRL-M method (during playback), but it does not seem to have worked. It did create a new track, and I did name it, but it did not show the waveform in the box corresponding to this new track. It still seems to think there is a single track.

Is there a way to create new tracks while the audio is being captured? If so, how? Alternatively, if it is better to do it in editing, what is the easiest and/or best way to do this? Why is the CTRL-M method not working?

Thanks very much for any help!

Get rid of that and check your computer for viruses.

The current version is available via the Audacity website, and is Audacity 2.2.2: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/
See also: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/online-safety-when-downloading/

“Ctrl + M” creates “Labels” (see: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/label_tracks.html)
Labels may be used to split a long single track into multiple files when exporting. See: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/splitting_a_recording_into_separate_tracks.html