[audacity4blind] Re: Making Stems from an Audacity Project

  • From: "Rich De Steno" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "ironrock" for DMARC)
  • To: audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Steve the Fiddle <stevethefiddle@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2020 18:52:41 -0400

I tested these instructions on a sample project and they seem to work well and provide what I need.  I assume that I would simply zip up the separate files that are created and the recipient would load them into his/her DAW for editing.  Thanks Steve for this comprehensive response.


On 3/8/2020 4:00 PM, Steve the Fiddle wrote:

Unfortunately, due to a bug, Export Multiple does not preserve "white space" at the start of a track.
The workaround is to generate a section of silence at the beginning of each track. Audacity will then pad any empty space after that silence with silence of the same length as the empty space.

To do that (shortcuts are correct for Linux and probably Windows. For macOS, replace "Ctrl" with "command"):
1) "Ctrl + A" (select all)
2) "Home" (cursor to start)
3) "Alt + G" (open the Generate menu)
4) "Down cursor" to "Silence"
5) "Enter" to open the "Silence" generator
6) Set the duration to, say, 1 second, and then "Return" to apply the effect.


On Sun, 8 Mar 2020 at 19:23, Robert Hänggi <aarjay.robert@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:aarjay.robert@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

    Hi Rich
    You don't need to solo the tracks, actually. Just use export multiple.
    I think that in the newer versions, the white space (silence) at the
    start is preserved on export. This means that you don't have trouble
    with the alignment. The downside is that you have a lot of wasted
    space in the file.

    I would personally export all clip by clip (after "Detach at
    I certainly could write a Nyquist plug-in that does that.
    For some DAWs, one could even create a project in this way (Reaper for
    If this isn't possible, you would have to provide the correct start
    times in e.g. a spreadsheet.
    If ever possible, use a demo version of the target DAW and place the
    tracks yourself.
    Otherwise, stick to the first proposal, export all tracks incl.
    silence and the receiver can remove the leading/trailing space later.

    On 08/03/2020, Rich De Steno <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    <mailto:dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
    > I know that stems are separate tracks from a multitrack recorded
    > such as the guitars, the drums, the bass, and so on.  I also
    know that
    > if I were to create them from an Audacity project, I would solo each
    > item and export it as a wav file.  Here is my question.  If you
    do this,
    > how do you keep the separate tracks in alignment so that someone
    > receiving them can make the desired adjustments in the mix?  How
    > one package these separate tracks and deliver them to someone
    who will
    > be making these adjustments?
    > --
    > Rich De Steno
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