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Audacity Portable FAQ
Check our Frequently Asked Questions to get a quick answer to the most common inquiries.
The FAQ page features selected solutions for users' reference by the PenZoft technical support
How can I record in stereo?
|How can I record in stereo?
This depends on the protocol.
To record in stereo, open the Audacity preferences. In the “Audio I/O” section, change the
|How do I record from vinyl records, cassette tapes, or minidiscs?
First, set Audacity to record in stereo.
Next, plug one end of a stereo cable into the “Line Out” or “Headphone” connector on your tape
Choose “Line In” as the input source on the Audacity toolbar, and press the Record button. While
|Why can't I hear what i'm recording?
Windows and Linux
Open the Audacity preferences. In the “Audio I/O” section, turn on the “playthrough” option.
|Can I play a track while recording a new one on top of it?
This is called multi-track recording. It makes it possible to record harmonies with yourself, or add
new instruments or vocals to an existing recording. To do this in Audacity, follow these
|Why isn't my new track in sync with the previous ones?
When you make a multi-track recording , there is an unpredictable delay between playback and
recording. Audacity tries to correct for this automatically, but this doesn't yet work on all
If a new track is not synchronized with the others, you can zoom in and use the Time Shift tool to
|Can Audacity record RealAudio or other streaming audio?
Windows and Linux
With most Windows and Linux audio devices, it is possible to record whatever sound the
In the drop-down menu on Audacity's mixer toolbar, choose “Wave Out” or “Stereo Mix” as the
If this doesn't work on your computer, you can instead use a cable to connect your computer's
Mac OS X
|Can I set Audacity to record at a certain time?
Sorry, Audacity does not yet support scheduled recording. We may add this feature to a future
version of the program.
You can make Audacity stop recording after a certain time limit, by following these steps:
|Why does Audacity create a folder full of .au files when I save a project?
Audacity breaks long tracks into small pieces so it can edit them more efficiently. When you save
|Can Audacity import file formats like WMA, AAC, FLAC, etc.?
Audacity cannot import or export files in WMA, AAC, RealAudio, Shorten (SHN), or most
other proprietary formats. Because of licensing and patent restrictions, we are not allowed to
add these formats to Audacity. Future versions of Audacity might be able to support these
formats using codecs installed in your operating system.
Some open formats are not yet supported by Audacity, including Ogg Speex and FLAC. We
|Why can't I play MIDI files?
Sorry, Audacity cannot play, edit, or convert MIDI files. It can only display them visually (for
comparison with recorded sounds). We might add MIDI editing to a future version of Audacity,
but for now Audacity is focused on sampled audio (like WAV files).
|How do I import a track from an audio CD?
Audacity cannot import a track directly from an audio CD. You must use a separate program like
CDex or iTunes to extract CD tracks into a format that Audacity can read, like WAV or AIFF.
|How can I split a long recording into multiple files or CD tracks?
Follow these steps to create a separate file for each song or segment of a long recording. This is
particularly useful if you are creating a CD, since each file will appear as a separate track on the
|How do I combine two files into one longer file?
Follow these steps to splice two files together:
|Can I remove the vocals from a recording to make a Karaoke track?
This is possible only for certain stereo tracks. When the vocals are exactly the same on
To do this in Audacity:
Press the Play button to hear the results. If you are lucky, the voice will be gone but most of the