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Audacity: Editing Audio

Audacity, Version: 2.3.2. Be aware that different versions of Audacity will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download



An audio file or recorded track needs to be present in order to start editing. See Audacity: Importing Audio Files and Audacity: Recording Audio for instructions.

Splitting

Splitting refers to cutting the track into pieces. Split sections of a track can be deleted or repositioned.

To split a track (single split):
  1. With the Selection Tool, click the desired moment of the track to move the playhead to it.
  2. Navigate to Edit > Clip Boundaries > Split.
A vertical black line will appear on the track to indicate that it has been split in two. The two pieces can now be moved separately with the Time Shift Tool.



To undo a split, use the Time Shift Tool to move the pieces to touch each other and navigate to Edit > Clip Boundaries > Join. The split will disappear and the track will become whole again.

To split a section, highlight a section with the Selection Tool and then navigate to Edit > Clip Boundaries > Split. The highlighted section will be split, with a total of two cut points. 

To split a section into a new track, highlight the section and navigate to Edit > Clip Boundaries > Split new.

Cutting Out/Deleting Sections

To cut out or delete a section of a track:
  1. With the Selection Tool, click-and-drag to highlight the desired section to cut/delete.
  2. Cut/delete the audio with one of the following methods:
    • Cut button from the Edit Toolbar: this will delete the highlighted section and move the rest of the audio left without splitting the track.
    • Split Cut: navigate to Edit > Remove Special > Split Cut. This will create two cuts in the track and leave a hole where the highlighted section was. The split section can now be pasted elsewhere.
    • Split Delete: navigate to Edit > Remove Special > Split Delete. Work the same way as Split Cut, except the section cannot be pasted.
To delete everything in the track except a highlighted section:
  1. With the Selection Tool, click-and-drag to highlight the desired section to keep.
  2. Click the Trim Audio button from the Edit Toolbar.

Silencing Sections

Silencing is useful for removing unwanted noises, such as dog barks or sighs, without creating holes or adjusting the timing of the track.

To silence a section without splitting or deleting:
  1. With the Selection Tool, click-and-drag to highlight the desired section to silence.
  2. Click the Silence Audio button from the Edit Toolbar.
Silence button


Silenced section


Be aware that all audio, no matter how quiet, has background noise. Silencing will remove all sound, including the background noise, and this sudden change can be obvious. Fill silenced sections with other sounds, whether it be recorded background noise or music.

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Keywords:Audacity, workshop, software, production, guide, editing, audio, cutting, trimming, splitting   Doc ID:86087
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2018-09-27 12:10 PDTUpdated:2020-07-08 13:55 PDT
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