My dad has been editing interviews with SAWPro for 15+ years, and he’s now trying to switch to something more modern. His basic workflow is something like this:
Load an audio file (up to an hour or so long) into SAWPro
Split it into 30+ named clips
Repeat steps 1 and 2 four more times
Open up a brand new empty track
Open the “clip library” which contains the names of all the clips he created in steps 1 and 2
Search through the library for the desired clip, paste it into the new track
Repeat step 6 50+ times
Is there any way to approximate this workflow in Audacity? The crucial point is that he wants to be able to create a very large library of clips drawn from multiple audio files, and then easily pick clips out of that library to paste into a new track.
You can drag-n-drop audio files [e.g. from a folder] into Audacity , but they will appear as a new track , not inserted into an existing one : you’d have to use copy&paste to insert a copy somewhere in the original track.
Audacity allows multi-track editing : the clip you want to insert can be shifted-about on the timeline …
Once you’re happy with the timing of the clip, use “mix&render” to incorporate the clip into into the track.