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Quickly Select Silence

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

Re: Quickly Select Silence

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

Re: Quickly Select Silence

Permanent link to this postPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:22 pm
Posted by heidezc
That works. Thanks!

Re: Quickly Select Silence

Permanent link to this postPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:14 pm
Posted by heidezc
Another question. I understand that TAB moves between labels, but is there a way to select as you move between labels using shortcuts?

Re: Quickly Select Silence

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

Re: Quickly Select Silence

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