Wrapping around the audio tracing on the screen

Firstly, thank you thank you thank you for making Audacity open source and freely available. I find it to be a full-bodied and versatile audio editing program which is reasonably intuitive.

My most common use is to dictate audio online classes, available to the general public. My presentations tend to be long and detailed, And I work hard to make them as polished and user friendly as possible. I am not great at extemporaneous dictation, and consequently there are many uuuhs, and uuummms, as well as long pauses that I edit out before I post. On my 15 1/2-in laptop, there is easily room for three - four rows of audio tracings, and all of my dictations are mono.

However when I am reviewing the dictation for editing, there is only room for about 13 1/2 seconds of dictation for each horizontal tracing on my laptop screen. And that passes - well-- In about 13 seconds. And it’s hard for me to localize what I want to delete easily. If you could put in a toggle for wrapping around a single soundtrack from left to right, but to allow it to be vertically stacked In sequential rows on the screen, then I could follow a single point on the dictation for over 50 seconds. As the area of interest disappeared off my screen to the left on one row, it would simply appear on the next higher row all the way off to the right. And so on for four rows. That gives me a chance to mark it and make the correction, without having to stop the playback, and laboriously highlight the area to be deleted for each deletion event.

Further, if there were an easy way of marking each area of interest on the audio tracing, possibly some sort of a tic mark, I would be able to easily follow which short segments I wanted to edit out. And that would make editing one heck of a lot easier.

If there is currently an easier way of accomplishing this, please let me know.
I believe there is a function for deleting pauses on the existing program, but I am reluctant to use it automatically because not all of the pauses are unintentional. Some are there for emphasis. But perhaps you could refresh my memory by pointing me toward a tutorial for that function as well.

Currently you can use labels an a label track for that - see:

In future versions of Audacity Muse may be adding track markers - but no timeline planned for that right now.


You can use Effect > Special > Truncate Silence

See: Truncate Silence - Audacity Manual



Zoom out and you will see more of the audio on-screen

See: Zooming Overview - Audacity Manual


This topic was automatically closed after 30 days. New replies are no longer allowed.