Does auto duck only apply to the first track?

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maicart
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Does auto duck only apply to the first track?

Post by maicart » Thu Oct 27, 2022 8:28 am

As you can see in the screencast on the URL below, I'm creating a series of language learning videos where I insert audios on top of a soundtrack.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19HlXBS ... sp=sharing

Sometimes I may have about 20 audio chunks, and I apply "auto duck" on each one of them.

I've tried applying auto duck to lower tracks, but it only works as long as I put all audio chunks in the first track.

Is this the only way I can do it? Can you think of a more practical solution?

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Re: Does auto duck only apply to the first track?

Post by steve » Thu Oct 27, 2022 9:58 am

maicart wrote:
Thu Oct 27, 2022 8:28 am
it only works as long as I put all audio chunks in the first track.
From the Audacity manual:
Note that the first unselected track underneath the selected track(s) acts as the control track.
maicart wrote:
Thu Oct 27, 2022 8:28 am
Can you think of a more practical solution?
This looks like a lot of steps, but some may not be necessary, and it's much quicker to do than to type out ;)
  1. Get all of your audio clips imported first. They may be in multiple tracks.
  2. Move the "music track" (the one whose volume you want to modify) to the top. This is most easily done from "the track's drop-down menu > Move track to top".
  3. Select all ("Ctrl + A")
  4. Move focus to the top track ("Up cursor" until the top track has the yellow border).
  5. Press "Enter" to toggle the selection of the first track so that it is NOT selected.
  6. "Tracks menu > Mix > Mix and Render to New Track". This will create a new "Mix" track at the bottom of the project.
  7. Move the mix track to the top of the project.
  8. Move the "music track" (the one whose volume you want to modify) to the top.
  9. Select the top ("music") track
  10. Apply Auto Duck.
  11. Delete the "mix" track.
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Re: Does auto duck only apply to the first track?

Post by zebama » Thu Oct 27, 2022 10:35 am

thanks

maicart
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Re: Does auto duck only apply to the first track?

Post by maicart » Thu Oct 27, 2022 12:45 pm

Great, thanks!

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