Silence Finder

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Silence Finder and the related Sound Finder are tools which can useful to label the different songs or sections in a long recording, such as the tracks from an LP or cassette.

Silence Finder - Setting Parameters has more help on adjusting the Silence Finder slider settings.

After typing the name of the track or section in each label, File > Export > Export Multiple... will export audio files in one process corresponding to each label's audio. See Splitting a recording into separate tracks.

Silence Finder...

Accessed by: Analyze > Silence Finder...
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Silence Finder divides up a selection by placing point labels inside areas of silence. Use this if you just want to split the recording into tracks at a specific point without removing the silences between them.

If labels are produced in the middle of album tracks, increase the silence level and duration. If some album tracks do not have a label between them, reduce the silence level and duration. See Setting Parameters for more help choosing values to place the labels correctly.

Warning icon If the selection ends with silence, the final label is not placed according to the "Label placement [seconds before silence ends]" setting but is placed after the start of the final silence according to the "Minimum duration of silence [seconds]" setting.
Bulb icon If you already have a label track and that is included in the selection that you make for the analysis then these labels will be added to your selected label track - possibly causing confusion with your existing labels.
  • Workaround: Ensure you just select audio track(s) and include no label track in the selection for the analysis.


Clicking on the command buttons give the following results:

  • Manage gives a dropdown menu enabling you to manage presets for the tool and to see some detail about the tool. For details see Manage presets
  • Debug applies the effect to the selected audio with the current effect settings, but unlike OK the effect runs in debug mode. This is primarily of use when writing or editing Nyquist plug-ins.
    • In addition to the normal plug-in behavior, a "debug window" opens to display error messages, normally the debug window will be empty
  • OK applies the effect to the selected audio with the current effect settings and closes the dialog
  • Cancel aborts the effect and leaves the audio unchanged, closing the dialog
  • Help Button brings you to the appropriate page in the Manual, this page


See Silence Finder and Sound Finder for examples comparing and contrasting the usage of Silence Finder and Sound Finder.


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