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Okay. This is going to be a relatively short movie on how to generate silence. You'll occasionally want to create silence in your audio files for a variety of reasons. Maybe your audio starts too abruptly for the project you're working on, and you need a couple of seconds of silence at the beginning, for example. I have the maya_intro file opened here. As you can see, it begins almost right away. (male speaker: Hi, I'm George--) I like to add a little bit more silence at the beginning. To do this, just place your playhead at the very beginning, and choose Edit > Insert > Silence.
This gives me a window where the only option is to determine how much silence I want. I'll put in 5 seconds and click OK, and that's it! I now have 5 seconds of silence at the beginning of my file. I can play it for you, and you can listen to all that silence. You might also find this useful to do when you're working in a multitrack file, maybe one track needs to play for about 5 seconds before the audio from the second track kicks in. You can just add in 5 seconds of silence to the beginning of that second track. Now, you can also select a part of your file and then choose to insert silence, Edit > Insert > Silence if you want to mute that portion of the file.
Making a selection first gives me the exact duration of that selection in this box. So, if I click OK, just that part of silence. I am going to Undo that. Because if you want your silence to be the exact length of your selection, you can actually do this much more quickly by choosing Effects > Silence. It does the exact same thing, but you don't have to go through that Duration dialog box. I will just undo that again. Now, inserting silence is different than simply deleting your selection, because when you delete a selection, the gap that selection previously took up is closed, and your audio file becomes shorter.
I am going to undo that again. When you insert silence, the length of your entire file stays the same. You're just effectively muting that portion. Maybe you need to edit out sensitive content, or mute an offensive word, but whatever the case, that's how you generate silence into your audio files.
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