Changing Zoom Normal setting?

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JungleJim
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Changing Zoom Normal setting?

Post by JungleJim » Fri May 07, 2021 7:55 pm

Is it possible to change the setting for "Zoom Normal"?

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Re: Changing Zoom Normal setting?

Post by steve » Fri May 07, 2021 8:08 pm

Which "setting" are you referring to? The default keyboard shortcut?
What are you trying to do?
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Re: Changing Zoom Normal setting?

Post by waxcylinder » Fri May 07, 2021 8:10 pm

No but you can customize the settings for the Zoom Toggle in the Edit Toolbar

See: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tra ... tml#toggle

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Re: Changing Zoom Normal setting?

Post by JungleJim » Sun May 09, 2021 9:21 pm

Thanks. The toggle isn't really what I'm looking for; here's why. I volunteer for a Canadian organization that provides audiobooks for people with print disabilities. Normally we record in a well-equipped studio, but right now we have to do it at home because of the pandemic. Audacity has been a lifeline for us.

For copyright reasons, we have to check our recordings for the slightest misreading errors, in addition to which we need to remove other extraneous stuff -- bumps, bangs, and so on. Audacity makes it very easy both to re-record bad sections and remove bumps and bangs in quiet sections. This means that we spend a lot of time selecting a short length of waveform, zooming in to it, finding the extraneous noise, and removing it. The final step is returning to the default zoom to continue the checking process. But I've found that the ideal zoom level for working with the audio track is one zoom level out from the default; it's more suited to the length of track that typically needs selecting for re-recording (it must be at least one full sentence), but it's still uncompressed enough to make it easy to identify gaps between sentences (which are the critical edit points). So it would be nice to be able to return to that zoom level in one keystroke to be able to carry on with the checking.

It's not a show-stopper; it's entirely possible to work with the current default. It's just that it would be a nice-to-have to be able to change the default zoom.

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Re: Changing Zoom Normal setting?

Post by steve » Sun May 09, 2021 10:17 pm

JungleJim wrote:
Sun May 09, 2021 9:21 pm
I've found that the ideal zoom level for working with the audio track is one zoom level out from the default; it's more suited to the length of track that typically needs selecting for re-recording (it must be at least one full sentence), but it's still uncompressed enough to make it easy to identify gaps between sentences (which are the critical edit points). So it would be nice to be able to return to that zoom level in one keystroke to be able to carry on with the checking.
You could create a Macro like this:

zoom macro.png
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an then create a shortcut like this:

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More info about Macros: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/macros.html
More info about keyboard shortcuts: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/key ... ences.html
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Re: Changing Zoom Normal setting?

Post by JungleJim » Sun May 09, 2021 11:43 pm

Thanks, Steve. I'll give it a try.

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Re: Changing Zoom Normal setting?

Post by waxcylinder » Mon May 10, 2021 9:19 am

As Steve says - and you can even overwrite the existing Audacity Ctrl+2 shortcut with the shortcut to the Macro making it your customized Zoom "normal"

Cute suggestion Steve BTW 8-)

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Re: Changing Zoom Normal setting?

Post by JungleJim » Mon May 10, 2021 3:45 pm

And it works brilliantly! Many thanks, Steve; I wish I'd taken the trouble to discover macros myself.

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