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Is Audacity making you snap?

Hey there!

My friend, and client, Kirt Brewer, sent me an email recently, and it reminded me how frustrating Audacity can be.

He was having an issue with “snapping.” And he was close to snapping himself.

Maybe you’ve had that problem too? Just in case, here’s how to fix it.

I love Audacity. And I really admire the legions of developers who have contributed to its creation and upkeep. Their hard work makes Audacity both useful and free. And that’s a beautiful thing for all of us who make a living at VO.

But even the most joyous software can be hard to manage if you accidentally click on something, and don’t know what you clicked on.

It can ruin your day – sending you on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what you did and how to fix it. And it can set you back a bit in your already packed schedule.

That’s what happened to Kirt. Here’s what he wrote me:

Hi David:

Question…….all of the sudden Audacity is only allowing me to edit in one second interval blocks. Any idea how to get it back to where I start and stop the edit process without it jumping from second to second?



I know how soft-spoken as well as resourceful Kirt is – it must have taken a lot to have him write me for an answer.

Luckily, it’s pretty simple.

Screen shot 2013-07-10 at 4.54.50 PMLook at this graphic. Notice that it’s a screen grab of the lower left hand corner of your average Audacity window. And also notice the check box labeled Snap To.

That’s where Kirt’s errant click was – he accidentally checked that box. Who knows why, but it happened. And from then on, it was frustrating trying to edit cleanly, when Audacity was dutifully allowing only one-second blocks of selection.

Once he unchecked that box, he was good to go.

Here’s a link to get the latest version of Audacity in case you want to grab it and play along:

Happy snapping. Or not.

Hope this helps.


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  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

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