What is the moving red line and caret while recording?

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andr0id
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What is the moving red line and caret while recording?

Post by andr0id » Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:23 pm

Looked at the docs, but I don't even see a screen shot of what I'm seeing. Maybe it's been there, but I haven't noticed.

In 2.2.2, I see red caret in the timeline and a vertical red line trailing my waveform being recorded. (It's moving, it's not clipping)

What does that indicate?

Thank you!

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Re: What is the moving red line and caret while recording?

Post by steve » Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:53 pm

When you play a track, there's a green triangle in the Timeline, symbolising the "play head" position. Below this triangle in the audio track, is a black vertical line, which is the "play position cursor".
During recording, you have the same, except they are red.
http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/timeline.html
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Re: What is the moving red line and caret while recording?

Post by andr0id » Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:40 pm

thanks for the info.

The weird thing is normally the head of the waveform chases the record marker.

left to right
Wave > slight gap > record line


in this case it was backwards and the record line was about 5 seconds behind the front of the wave.

record line > 3..5 seconds of wave > head of wave

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Re: What is the moving red line and caret while recording?

Post by steve » Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:41 pm

andr0id wrote:normally the head of the waveform chases the record marker.
Yes, that's normal, because the record position doesn't wait for the waveform graphic to be drawn, so the drawing is always catching up with the actual recorded audio.
andr0id wrote:in this case it was backwards and the record line was about 5 seconds behind the front of the wave.
Yes, that sounds weird. Are you able to reproduce that or was it a one-off?
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