[audacity4blind] Re: Removing Buffer Stops and Starts in YouTube Songs

  • From: Gale Andrews <gale@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 03:32:37 +0100

> From "Linda Adams" <ladams@xxxxxxxxx> 
> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:06:12 -0600
> Subject: Removing Buffer Stops and Starts in YouTube Songs
>  Is there an Audacity manual in layman’s terms for extremely new
> people to sound editing that woould explain what the different
> technical sound terms mean and what each keystroke actually does?  

Hi Linda,

Yes here is the official Audacity Manual:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/ .

Here is the Glossary:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/glossary.html .

You should also read David Bailes' JAWS Guide to Audacity  
if you use JAWS:
http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Audacity-2.0.5-Guide.html .

You asked:
> Is there a list of keystrokes somewhere that will tell me the 
> difference of when to use the arrows and when to use J, K, Comma, 
> and which functions need to work during playback and which ones
> need to work after pressing the spacebar to stop the sound?  

Yes, in the Manual:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/keyboard_shortcut_reference.html .

This section of the Keyboard Shortcut Reference is most pertinent
to shortcuts for playing and recording:

You will find in the Transport list the shortcut SHIFT + A for 
"Play/Stop and Set Cursor".  That starts playback the same as 
SPACE does, but when you use SHIFT + A to stop, it sets the 
cursor at the stop position. 

You can change the shortcut for "Play/Stop and Set Cursor" 
to another binding by using the Keyboard Preferences:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/keyboard_preferences.html#change .

To prevent a click where you delete a selection, use shortcut Z
before the delete to adjust the selection so that it starts and 
ends at a zero crossing point. These are points where a digital 
audio sample is silent, so it is safe to delete there without causing 
a volume discontinuity in the audio that remains. This should work 
perfectly on mono tracks. Please read this for more information:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/faq_editing.html#clicks .


>   I have just begun to use Audacity as a sound editor to get rid of the stops
> and starts found in most YouTube songs.  I have removed these bits of
> silence with open bracket, closed bracket, spacebar to stop the music,
> and then backspace to delete.  This works, but the music has a sound as
> though I had stopped a cassette recorder instead of pausing.  How do I
> make the music smooth as I delete those silences so that that break is
> not heard?  I have tried counting seconds between the silences, but I
> just don’t seem to be fast enough to respond.  
>  Audacity seems to keep playing music even when you stop arrowing.  Is
> there any way for me to get better control or coordination of the
> deleting silences process?  

>   Linda Adams

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