Quickly Select Silence

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Quickly Select Silence

Permanent link to this post Posted by heidezc » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:10 pm

Windows 7 x64, Audacity 2.2.0

I am editing podcast tracks with long periods of silence. Is it possible to select (not truncate) the spaces between talking on an individual track by more or less "skipping" to the next noise? For example, if someone talks and then is silent for a minute, how could I select that minute of silence without having to click and drag?

If this is in the FAQs, please point me to it. I was unable to find it. Let me know if anything is unclear.
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Re: Quickly Select Silence

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:18 pm

You can label sounds that are above a set threshold level, then skip from label to label.
1) http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/sound_finder.html
2) http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/sound_finder.html
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Re: Quickly Select Silence

Permanent link to this post Posted by heidezc » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:22 pm

That works. Thanks!
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Re: Quickly Select Silence

Permanent link to this post Posted by heidezc » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:14 pm

Another question. I understand that TAB moves between labels, but is there a way to select as you move between labels using shortcuts?
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Re: Quickly Select Silence

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:45 pm

In Audacity 2.2.2 you can use "Alt + Left" and "Alt + Right".
Those may not be available in 2.2.0, but even if they are, it's worth upgrading: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/

If you like using keyboard shortcuts, it is worth enabling the full set of shortcuts in 2.2.2 http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/keyb ... ts_buttons
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Re: Quickly Select Silence

Permanent link to this post Posted by heidezc » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:15 pm

I upgraded to 2.2.2. Unless I misunderstood you, can I use these shortcuts to move and select audio at the same time? Not just moving between labels, but also selecting the audio between them.

I appreciate your help so far.
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