[audacity4blind] Re: Audacity Context Menu

  • From: "Janelle Vacanti" <janellevacanti@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 00:07:43 -0500

Hi Gene,
Thank you very much for all your help. What version of Audacity are you using to do this?
Sincerely,
Janelle

----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene" <gsasner@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 10:57 PM
Subject: [audacity4blind] Re: Audacity Context Menu


Here is a rough description of how to remove vocals from audio files. I say rough because I haven't tried all variations to see if every step I include is necessary.

First, since I don't know what you know, I'll say that you need to understand that if you have more than one track, you can select one, two, or however many you want to work with. How many you can select or unselect depends on how many tracks are in the file. A stereo recording is not necessarily a two track recording. It usually isn't unless you have recorded two completely separate tracks. Simply recording a file as a stereo file or importing a stereo file won't result in you having two tracks to work with unless you change the file. the file will have two channels, but not two tracks. Do the following, or roughly the following. You can experiment to see what, if anything, might be left out and still allow the procedure to work.

Each instruction begins on a new line.
Import the file.
Open the context menu then find split stereo track. Press enter. You are creating two separate tracks from a stereo file. After the split is finished, you can up and down arrow. You will hear the status of each track, either selected or unselected. Make a track either selected or unselected by up or down arrowing to the track you want to select or unselect and press enter. Pressing enter toggles the track between selected and unselected.
You only want to work with one track so have one selected and one not.
Up or down arrow to the selected track, if you aren't on it. Don't use control a at any time when working with only one track. Control a selects everything in the file, at least as I understand matters. Once you are on the selected track, use the command shift end to select the entire track. I am assuming the cursor is at the beginning, which it should be if you haven't moved it. If you have moved it, for some reason, use the commands home, followed by shift end to select the track.
Open the menus and right arrow to effects.
Down arrow until you get to invert.
Press enter.
the ttrack will be inverted, that is placed out of phase with the other track. This has nothing to do with and no connection with the reverse menu item which you don't use for this procedure. After inversion is complete, up or down arrow and make sure both tracks are selected. I'm not sure this step is necessary so you can experiment if you wish. Open the context menu, find make stereo track and press enter. You are now combining the file you previously split into one track again.
When conversion is finished, use control a to select all.
Open the track menu and find stereo to monaural. Press enter. The file must be converted to a monaural file for the vocals not to be heard or to be very soft. Once conversion has completed, you have finished the procedure. Obviously, if you want to save the file, you will need to export it with a new name.

Gene

----- Original Message ----- From: "Janelle Vacanti" <janellevacanti@xxxxxxx>
To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 9:44 AM
Subject: [audacity4blind] Re: Audacity Context Menu


Hi Gene,
I am in the program's main window wen I can sometimes access the context menu. Some of the options the Context Menu has are Split Stereo Track Name and Spectrum. I'll send you a couple links that show you what I want to do. In this first link, instead of going from Mono to Stereo I want to go from Stereo to Mono.
http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=BlindMonoToStereo
The second link is a youtube video that shows you how to remove vocals from a song using Audacity.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=PqXiKYG3J7M
If any of these links don't work, please let me know.
Sincerely,
Janelle
----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene" <gsasner@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 12:44 AM
Subject: [audacity4blind] Re: Audacity Context Menu


What are you referring to as the context menu? I've worked with the standard menus but I don't recall if I ever tried to work with any context menus. Certainly, just opening the program and using the context menu key produces no results. In what I've read about the program, I haven't seen any actions requiring or using a context menu. Where are you in the program when you can open a context menu and what sort of choices do you have?

Regarding your earlier question, while I am not an expert in Audacity, I don't believe there is a way to remove singing from a recording. Your sound card may have such a provision but I believe you would have to use another recording program if you want to do this from within the recording program itself.

Also, you can only remove singing if the singing is in the middle position in a stereo file. Probably a joint stereo file would allow you to remove it as well. However, you won't be able to remove singing using the standard method if the singer is on the right or left and the closer any voices are to the right or left positions, the less of the voices will be removed. The closer they are to the right or left, the more audio of the voice will remain.

Gene
----- Original Message ----- From: "Janelle Vacanti" <janellevacanti@xxxxxxx>
To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 10:27 PM
Subject: [audacity4blind] Audacity Context Menu


Dear Audacity List Subscribers,
Have any of you ever had problems accessing the Context Menu in Audacity? I sometimes can access it and other times can't. Is there anything any of you can tell me that might help me?
Sincerely,
Janelle

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