Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

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Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by CosmicWartoad » Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:57 pm

Hey folks.

Forgive me but my brain can't figure this out:

Recorded a music track (1) it's fine.
Now I go to record on another track (2) whilst the first is playing but it always records at the end of where the 1st track stopped?!

I know it's gonna be obvious but how do I record at the start of track 2 whilst track 1 is playing?

Thanks.

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Re: Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by kozikowski » Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:54 pm

R and Shift+R are the keys to go back and forth between add on to the end and start a new track.

You can either use the right keys, or you can change the key order in a preference.

Preferences > Recording > [X] Record on a New Track (select).

R used to always start a new track. zero point zero people liked that—massive complaints—so the default is add to the end.

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Re: Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by CosmicWartoad » Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:10 pm

Ok. Still got the same problem:

I record track 1 - No problems

I create track 2 (Generate new track) - I select and put the cursor to the start of this track but it records at the end of track 1.

I want to record at the start of track 2 whilst track 1 is playing.

There must be an easy way?!

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Re: Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by CosmicWartoad » Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:27 pm

AHH. Audacity gets confused with a mix of stereo and mono tracks I think.

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Re: Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by kozikowski » Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:35 pm

You're overdubbing, right?

I think you're working too hard.

Record track 1. Stop.

Press the R key and it will automatically start a new track.

If it doesn't, try Shift+R.

The R key and Shift+R are opposites of each other. One adds on to the first track and the other starts a new one.

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Re: Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by CosmicWartoad » Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:49 pm

Overdubbing yeah. I think it's the Shift and R thing you mention. But that doesn't seem to work if I create the tracks beforehand (generate tracks before recording)

I wanted to have a few blank tracks to then record different parts and record and select the best take from each so I created lots of blank separate tracks. When I do this it often records only at the end of the previous recorded track.

Hope that makes sense.

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Re: Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by kozikowski » Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:45 pm

You can't create a blank track and then "fill it up."

Once you sort which of the keys starts a new track (mine is "R"), it will keep starting new tracks each time you Stop and hit that key. All the old tracks will play to your headphones unless you steer them with each MUTE and SOLO selection (on the left).

For example, I have a backing track.
R starts a new track and plays the backing track > Stop
R starts another new track and plays the first ones > Stop
R starts a third new track.....etc.

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There's no blue waves in 2, 3, and 4 because I don't have my microphone connected.

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Re: Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by CosmicWartoad » Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:21 pm

Ah ok thanks

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Re: Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by steve » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:45 am

kozikowski wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:45 pm
You can't create a blank track and then "fill it up."
For accuracy, you can, but it's not usually the best way in Audacity.
Normally in Audacity you would either just use "Record" or "Shift + Record" and let Audacity create tracks as necessary.
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Re: Ok I'm an idiot, but how to do this: (Track recording)

Post by jademan » Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:15 am

steve wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:45 am
For accuracy, you can, but it's not usually the best way in Audacity.
Might you be referring to Punch and Roll Record ?
https://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/ma ... oll_Record
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