Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Inserting silence, part of Learning Audacity (2012).
Now I'd like to show you how to insert silence into audio tracks.…There are many reasons why you may want to do this.…Maybe you're recording a vocalist singing to music and during the song you can hear…the singer clearing her throat or coughing in between verses.…Maybe you need to generate a specific length of silence in a track to match up with audio…that's on another track.…Now we've previously seen that you can create silence by selecting some audio and choosing…Edit > Remove Audio and either Split Cut or Split Delete.…You would choose Split Delete if you don't want to paste the audio anywhere else.…
And that removes the audio and splits the clip into two parts.…You can then just drag out a selection that touches both parts and then press Command+J…or Ctrl+J to join them back together, and the space in between them becomes silence.…Now there is another way to get the same result with fewer steps.…Let's undo this first.…I'm going to hit Command+Z a couple times or Ctrl+Z on Windows.…So with the audio selected I'm going to go to the Generate menu and select Silence.…
- Creating a new project
- Adding tracks
- Recording two tracks simultaneously
- Making selections
- Splitting clips
- Automating volume
- Adding sound effects
- Using compression
- Inserting silence
- Exporting your project
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Why don't the instructions for downloading the LAME MP3 encoder work?
A: Use the new homepage for Audacity, http://audacityteam.org/, rather than the sourceforge address shown in the course.
Q: This course was updated on 08/14/2015. What changed?
A: The author updated the "Downloading and installing Audacity" videos for Mac and Windows, and added a new video on the LAME MP3 encoder.