Audacity audio software

July 28, 2016
Audacity 2-1-2 running on

Starts and stops playback. If a region of a track is selected, this command will play only that selection then playback will stop. Otherwise, playback begins wherever the editing cursor is and continues until the end of the project is reached. Starting playback with this command is the same as clicking the Play button in Transport Toolbar.

When there is already playback or recording (or playback or recording is ), this command stops playback or recording immediately without changing the selection region or the position of the editing cursor. Therefore using any play or record command after stopping with "Play/Stop" will start playback or recording from the same Timeline position it last started from. Stopping playback with this command is the same as clicking the Stop button in Transport Toolbar.

Play/Stop and Set Cursor SHIFT + A

Starts playback like "Play/Stop", but stopping playback sets the restart position to the stop point. When stopped, this command is the same as "Play/Stop". When playing, this command stops playback and moves the cursor (or the start of the selection) to the position where playback stopped.

Loop Play SHIFT + SPACE

Plays the selection over and over again. Same as holding the SHIFT key while clicking the Play button in Transport Toolbar.

Pause P

Temporarily pauses playing or recording without losing your place. Same as clicking the Pause button in Transport Toolbar.

Software Playthrough must be unchecked when recording computer playback because it will create feedback echoes.

Sound Activated Recording (on/off)

Toggles on and off the Sound Activated Recording option in Recording Preferences. This option can be useful to save disk space when recording an intermittent input, such as a call recording system.

When turned on (indicated by the check mark in the menu item), press the Record button in Transport Toolbar to start the Sound Activated Recording session. Recording will now occur whenever the received input is above the Sound Activation Level you specify (see the menu item ). Recording will pause whenever the received input falls below that level. Press the Stop button to stop the recording session.

Sound Activated Recording can be combined with to set the start and end time of a Sound Activated recording.

Sound Activation Level...

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