Now that the time shift tool is no longer a part of Audacity, how do we move audio segments? With the advent of Audacity version 3.1.x moving audio around has gotten easier and quicker. In this video, I show you how to split audio into separate segments, how to join audio segments together, and how to move audio now that the time shift tool is no longer with us.
00:00 – Intro
00:23 – How to Split Audio in Audacity
01:56 – How to Move Audio in Audacity
02:59 – How to Join Audio in Audacity
04:39 – Summary
04:50 – Other Places You’ll Find Me
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I’ve found a problem with Audacity 3.1.2 that may be related to the Mac operating system. I can’t change or delete clip names (these are the new clip names that were introduced in version 3.1.0) and to make matters worse, if I try to do so with sync-lock tracks enabled, Audacity crashes every time. Someone on the Audacity User’s Forum mentioned they weren’t having that problem running Windows, so it may just be Mac related. I’m running MacOS Monterey (12.0.1) on a 2017 MacBook Pro.
CONTENTS: 00:00 – Intro 00:36 – Track Label Overlays 02:13 – Audio Clip Names 04:50 – Clip Names Can’t Be Changed 06:12 – My System Specs 07:01 – Clip Names With Sync-Lock Tracks Crashes My Audacity 09:17 – Summary 10:00 – Wrap-up
I think I’ve uncovered a problem in Audacity version 3.1.0 regarding sync-lock tracks and the new way of moving audio clips. I use sync-lock tracks on every podcast I do to keep the intro/outro music and narration synched together but separate from the host and guest(s), who are also in sync with each other. When Audacity announced the new way of moving audio clips, beginning in version 3.1.0, my first thought was how that was going to work with sync-lock tracks enabled. It’s different now and you need to know about it if you use sync-lock tracks like I do. FYI: Audacity version 3.1.1 is out with some minor bug fixes.
00:00 – Intro
00:57 – Moving Audio Clips in Version 3.1
01:45 – Why I Use Sync-Lock Tracks
02:18 – The Label Track
02:48 – Deleting Audio Clips in Version 3.1
06:11 – Inserting a Label Track
07:20 – Deleting Audio Clips With Sync-Lock Tracks On
My setup for this video was an Audio-Technica AT2040 dynamic mic plugged into my Zoom H6 recorder. I use my iPhone to record the video. NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying Amazon purchases.
Audacity offers a powerful and free de-clicker plugin for removing unwanted mouth sounds and clicks that show up in your audio recording. This de-clicker plugin has become part of my post-production process for everything I record. Sticky mouth sounds in our recordings can quickly become annoying to the listener. There have been instances where I have stopped watching a video simply because the dry mouth sounds were so prominent. So let’s see what Audacity’s de-clicker plugin can do to eliminate those pesky sounds.
When I first began using Audacity years ago, I thought that if I forget to plug in my mic or other input device before starting Audacity, it meant I had to restart Audacity to get the program to recognize my audio hardware. But then I discovered the Rescan Audio Devices feature that’s built into Audacity. What a great day that was and what a time saver! In this video I show you how rescanning your audio hardware works inside Audacity.
Reminder: I teach Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced. This is 6+ hours of on demand videos designed specifically for podcasters who use Audacity to record and/or edit their podcasts. You can find it here: