Wrong song is exporting

I have the most bizarre issue. Background: I have been using Audacity for years to edit music for a dance studio. I import purchased songs, and do custom mixes, edits or cuts. I have never ever had an issue with Audacity. I’ve had complex files with 8 songs blended together, with many cuts, cross-fades, etc. It has always worked excellent! I love Audacity! :slight_smile:
I am using Audacity 2.0.5. I have Windows8 64bit os.

This particular project is straight forward. I imported song 1, then song 2. I keep all of song 1 followed by song 2 (cut shorter) to make one long song. I listen and it is exactly how I need it to be. I export as normal. I assign a custom file name and custom metadata (all blank except own title and own album name.) Then when I listen to exported song in any other media player, it plays song 1 perfect but song 2 is magically a totally different song!

I’ve tried various ideas to solve this: deleting/moving the original files from my media library; renaming various files, and saving exported file to a different folder. I created a new audacity file, re-doing my work. First I imported only song 2 (the one exporting incorrectly) and then I exported only song 2. It worked fine in 2 formats: WAV and MP3! Then I imported song 1 (no issues with) and exported combined songs in the 2 formats- in both cases, song 2 is a totally new song! After that error, from that same audacity file I exported just the selected section of the song 2, and it exported fine. I don’t understand how song 1 can change song 2!

Any ideas why this is happening or how to get around it? I really need to have the combo song. It is for a performance that is coming up. We don’t have much time.

Thank you so much!!

Weird indeed.
Of course, what appears to be happening is impossible, so, like a magic trick, something is probably misleading you to think something is happening when it actually something else is happening. (If we can figure this out we have the makings of a terrific illusion :slight_smile:)

Let’s call the exported “mix” track, “Song 3” and the “unknown phantom song” “song x”.

Try closing Audacity, then re-open Audacity.
Open your file browser and find song 3.
Drag song 3 into Audacity and press Play.
What do you hear?

If “song 3” is still a mix of song 1 and “song x”:

  1. Create a new folder.
  2. Open or make a new copy of the “mix” and export it into the new folder. (Check that it plays correctly).
  3. Close and re-open Audacity.
  4. Open the new folder in your file browser.
  5. Drag the new “song 3” into Audacity and press Play.
    What do you hear?

Thank you so much for such a helpful reply. I was about to try a few things including your suggestion when I discovered the problem. I was asked by the teacher who needed the music edits to use all of song 1, and a min and a half of song 2. So I didn’t question it. As I was investigating, I realized that song 1 actually had a pause mid-song (with a distinct end) and went into the “mystery song X”. I think the teacher using the CD didn’t realize that was part of the same song. I am relieved to know it was human error and not a glitch! :slight_smile:

Again, thank you so much! If you’d like to delete this thread as it doesn’t pertain to Audacity, that is okay with me! Now that I know this resource is here, I plan on investing a lot more time learning Audacity to utilize more features! :slight_smile: thank you, thank you, thank you!