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|Introduction Cut,Copy&Paste Silence, Duplicate and Split Splitting and Submixes|
Silencing unwanted sources
This operation flattens the selection. It essentially is a cut operation without deleting the selection completely. After all, if you cut a second away, nothing remains. Using the Silence operation will still leave you with a flatlined area.
When silencing parts between vocal lines, please keep in mind that a sudden drop in background ambiance can have an bad effect, so at the very least fade the area around the silenced part, to minimize that effect. Rules to start with are, fade in quickly and fade out slowly.
Alternately, use the envelope tool to lower the volume in that area. That way, you can comfortably change it later.
Keyboard Shortcut : CTRL+L
The selected area gets copied, a new track is created and the copied material is pasted in to that new track at the same point in the timeline.
To illustrate, here's the image from the menu reference:
The benefits of a duplicate are many. One of these is experimentation with effects.
Some of you may say "I can do that with the original track too". But you can't change the volume of your effect and original audio separately. If you put some Reverb on to your audio, you can only lower that processed audio in volume later on. If you duplicate the audio first and use the reverb on that(with 100% reverb and 0% original signal), you can freely change the volume for both the original and reverb signal.
Also, you can do weird and wonderful things to your duplicates to create special effects. You'll have two pieces of the same audio to work with. Silence parts, reverb another, phase a third, filter another and see how that sounds. It is so easy to duplicate a piece of audio and do weird things to it, so try it. Combining sounds produces magic.
A special note on performance :
The new piece of audio isn't actually copied on the hard disk. Audacity will still play from the original audio file(s) until you change a piece of it.
Keyboard Shortcut : CTRL+D
This performs the same as Duplicate, but it also silences the selected material, after copying it to a new track. Again, here's the illustration from the menu reference:
There are plenty of good uses for this function, but I'm not going to tell you about them here. You'll have to go to the next part for the meat of this tutorial.
Keyboard Shortcut : CTRL+Y
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