Hi Claire and welcome to the list.
This will possibly be a somewhat scrappy description, so feel free to ask
What you want to do is to have your two lots of material on separate tracks.
The music track should be above the speech track. If you need to reorder them,
press the Applications key on one of them and find the move up or down option.
Select the music track and unselect the speech track (done with the Enter key
on both). Then select the relevant portion of the music track, or all of it if
From the Effect menu (alt-c), select autoduck. In the dialog that opens there
are options for adjusting the amount of ducking. Try the defaults and, if not
satisfied, start adjusting them after pressing control-z to undo the change.
Now that your head is spinning, if you need to adjust where the speech track
starts, check out align tracks in the tracks menu. If that bamboozles you,
plenty of us have lots of experience with that feature.
From: audacity4blind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <audacity4blind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Behalf Of Claire Potter
Sent: Thursday, 6 September 2018 6:29 AM
Subject: [audacity4blind] Merging and autoducking tracks in Audacity
Hi all, I am new both to Audacity and to this list, so I really hope that you
can help me by providing some simple and eesy to follow instructions so I can
do the following: I have 2 tracks which I need to merge together, one is speech
and one is music. What I need to do is merge the 2 together so that when the
speech track plays the music track ducks. I understand that this does require
knowledge of moving tracks and sorting and aligning tracks, so if someone can
provide some instructions which walk me from start to finish of how I can do
this successfully I would be really grateful. If it helps I use Jaws and I also
have NVDA with the Addon for Audacity. Thanks in advance,
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