I’d started seeing rumblings that the latest version of Audacity (as of this writing in early 2018), 2.2.1, changes a fundamental behavior when recording.
That behavior is essential to the time-saving, high-quality stairstep method of Audacity editing that I teach, for both audiobook and other work.
After hearing about this, I investigated and found that the rumblings were right on.
But…the good news is, there’s an easy fix.
Before 2.2.1, whenever you’d be recording, and then hit STOP, FF and then RECORD again, the recording would pick up at the end of the current track, with a new recording in a new track below the current track.
That behaviour was essential to the visual cues needed when editing your finished recording.
With 2.2.1, Audacity’s default behavior is to continue the new recording on THE SAME TRACK you were recording on before you hit STOP and FF.
That was not approved by HR or the CXO suite at VO2GoGo. :-)
Here’s how to make Audacity act like it did before (and this is ONLY for 2.2.1 and above):
- Go to Preferences >> Recording.
- For 2.2.1, select the Option at the bottom of that pane labeled Always record on a new track (for Audacity 2.3.0, they’ve moved it again…select Record on a new track in the Options section at the top of the pane).
- Click OK to confirm your wise, wise choice.
- Go about your business, citizen. You’re now safe from same-track additional recording.
Any other anomalies you’ve seen from the 2.2.1+ versions of Audacity? Share with us all in the comments below.
Hope this helps.