Transport Menu: Recording

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These commands control recording in Audacity. You can Start, Stop or Pause recording in your project.

You can either start a recording on your existing track or an a new track.

There is also a Timer Record function to enable you to make unattended timed recordings.

Transport Menu commands let you play or stop, loop play, scrub play or record (including timed and sound activated recordings)Tracks Menu provides commands for creating and removing tracks, applying operations to selected tracks such as mixing, resampling or converting from stereo to mono, and lets you add or edit labelsGenerate Menu lets you create audio containing tones, noise or silenceAudacity includes many built-in effects and also lets you use a wide range of plug-in effectsThe Analyze Menu contains tools for finding out about the characteristics of your audio, or labeling key featureThe Tools Menu contains customisable toolsThe Extra menu provides access to additional Commands that are not available in the normal default Audacity menusThe Help Menu lets you find out more about the Audacity application and how to use it.  It also includes some diagnostic tools.These commands control playback in AudacityThese commands control recording in AudacityScrubbing is the action of moving the mouse pointer right or left so as to adjust the position, speed or direction of playback, listening to the audio at the same time - a convenient way to quickly navigate the waveform to find a particular event of interestThese commands let you move the cursor to the start or end of the selection, track or any adjacent Clip that you may haveThese commands enable you to lock a play region and unlock itRescan for audio devices connected to your computer, and update the playback and recording dropdown menus in Device ToolbarThis submenu lets you manage and set various options for transport (playing and recording) in AudacityStarts recordingRecording begins on a new track at either the current cursor location or at the beginning of the current selectionBrings up the Timer Record dialogRe-record over audio, with a pre-roll of audio that comes beforeTemporarily pauses playing or recording without losing your placeThe MenusTransport-RecordingMenu.png
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Bulb icon See the Recording page in the Manuals for more details on the Record commands.

Record  R

Clicking Record or using the R shortcut always begins recording at the end of the currently selected track(s).

Record New Track  Shift + R

This will cause Audacity to create a new track and begin recording on that track from the current cursor position (or from the left edge of a region on the Timeline). Starts recording at the end of the currently selected track(s). Append Record can also be started by holding Shift while clicking the Record button in Transport Toolbar. When you hold down the Shift key the Record button will change to the Record New Track The Record New Track button button.

Timer Record...  Shift + T

The Timer Record dialog, click for details of usage.

Brings up the Timer Record setup dialog for scheduling when a recording ends and optionally, when it begins. Pressing "OK" starts the process of recording, or waiting for the recording to start.

For full details of the timer recording function please see the Timer Record page.

Punch and Roll Record  Shift + D

This command enables you to correct errors easily during the course of a recording session.

You can stop, back up over a mistake, and continue recording, resulting in one track that eliminates the error and is properly timed, without the use of cutting, pasting, and clip-moving commands, or mixing of multiple tracks.

See Punch and Roll Record for more details on the use of this command.

Pause  P

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

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