I have recorded my podcast using Audacity and I think it’s one of the easiest applications I have ever had to learn.
It’s quite straight-forward and once you think of the sound wave(s) as a ‘visual’ map, the editing processes make perfect sense.
I have also used Audacity to record my interview for TW5212 and had no problems with it whatsoever. Of course, there has been one issue…

One problem I have had, is inserting more ‘time’ into the podcast. I was under the impression that placing the cursor at the point you wish to create (extra) time, and hitting record, this would ‘push over’ the subsequent recording and make room for the new one. I tried this, but all that happened was a new (3rd) soundwave/file was created SIMULTANEOUS to what was there already. For example, I want to create a few more seconds of time in between bits of my recording, but any further recording just adds another file that plays over the initial recording.
I know that placing more time at the beginning or end of the file is easily done but the same method doesn’t seem to apply to WITHIN the file.

Does anyone know where I’m going wrong?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bryan
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 19:33:48

    Hi Katrina,

    I was editing my interview recording earlier and had the same issue. Here’s the solution:

    Stop the track at the point you’d like to add the space
    On the top menu, click ‘Generate’, then ‘Silence’
    Enter the length
    Click ‘Generate Silence’

    Hope that helps!



  2. Darren McNeill
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 09:05:41


    Audacity is very good, but you must still remember it is a free open source application so it will have some annoying limitations.

    The best thing to do ( and the quickest) is to choose the Selection tool. (Top Left, looks like a Capital I)

    Go to the place in the time line you want to add your new piece.

    Click on the spot and a black line choose show where you clicked.

    Go to: Generate – Silence

    A box will open up to ask you how much silence you want to add in the following format: “30.000000”

    This is 30 seconds.

    Change the amount to the amount you think you require. ( Record the new piece first and this will tell you )

    Click: Generate Silence

    If you chose 10 seconds then 10 seconds of Silence will be slotted in where you had clicked. After the 10 seconds of silence the audio will continue from where you had clicked.

    The new recorded piece will be on Track two.

    Click the Time Shift Tool ( Top left – looks like a line with an arrow on each end)

    Click and drag your new piece into position underneath the original track until it is aligned. You should always use this tool to align all of your tracks into the correct place.

    Keep playing back to make sure you are happy with the timing etc.

    If you have too much silence left or you need to trim a piece:
    Click the Selection Tool again, drag a selection that you want to get rid of and then hit the Backspace bar. This will remove that piece from the time line.

    Hope this helps.


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