Audacity Version 3.1.2 Loop Fix, Play-at-Speed In a Loop, and Effects Preview In a Loop

In this video I take a look at the following in Audacity version 3.1.2:

  1. The Loop Function Fix
  2. How to use the Play-at-Speed tool inside a loop.
  3. How a loop selection differs from an effects preview selection.

Points 2 and 3 are questions that have been asked of me and this video seemed like a good place to talk about it.

CONTENTS:

  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 00:46 – Loop Function Fix in Version 3.1.2
  • 02:18 – Moving/Expanding the Looped Section
  • 04:55 – Play-at-Speed in a Looped Selection
  • 06:01 – Looped Selection vs. Preview Selection
  • 09:39 – Summary
  • 10:14 – Wrap-up and Preview

-Enjoy!

Sync-Lock Tracks Unexpected Behavior in Audacity 3.1.0

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.

CONTENTS:

  • 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
  • 08:13 – How Sync-Lock Tracks Works
  • 09:08 – Deleting Synched Audio Clips Deletes Audio
  • 11:10 – Wrap-Up

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.

What’s New in Audacity Version 3.1?

Audacity version 3.1 has been released with some important changes. Audacity is continuing its progression toward non-destructive editing and one of those changes is in version 3.1. In this video, I talk about 4 new features in Audacity version 3.1:

  • The Playhead Properties
  • Moving and Deleting Audio
  • Trimming Audio
  • The New Loop Function.

REMINDERS:

  1. I recently launched a new on-demand video course at Udemy called ACX Audiobook Production Using Audacity. Check it out when you get a chance.
  2. I also teach a best-selling course at Udemy called Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced. It’s currently 61 videos and 7+ hours of on-demand instruction in Audacity specifically designed for podcasters. If you’re a podcaster looking for a deep dive into Audacity, this course is for you. Check it out when you get a chance.

How to Remove Mouth Sounds in Audacity Using the Free De-Clicker Plugin

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.

I teach a best-selling podcast editing course on Udemy called Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced: https://learnaudacity.com/

Audacity Version 3.0.4 Is Out

Audacity has announced the release of a new version. Audacity version 3.0.4 was released on August 24th. It’s a hotfix which means it was released to fix bugs in the previous version. There was a problem in version 3.0.3 with control points when using the Filter Curve and Graphic EQ effects. With this release I also got to test the update notification that was part of the version 3.0.3 update and I’m happy to say it works!

How to Open GarageBand Without Opening the Previous Project

In this video I’m going to show you how to start GarageBand without opening the last project you worked on. If you use GarageBand you already know that when you start it each time, it opens the last project by default. But you may not want that to happen each time. In this video I show you how to get around that and open GarageBand to a blank screen.