Copying and Pasting a section of audio in Audacity


Audacity provides the feature of copying and pasting a small, or large, section from any audio to a different track. It may turn out to be very helpful for many people. And, it is useful for completing various tasks. Copying and Pasting a section of your audio to different audio in Audacity is a very simple task. In fact, it is as easy as recording audio in Audacity.

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There are times when people wish to copy a section of audio to some other track. Because, they feel that the section is really good. Unfortunately, they copy that section over a bad section in the other audio. Luckily, this will help you to overcome the bad sounds in your audio. And, make it all sound good. It will surely improve the quality of the recording and tracks!

If you do not know how to use this feature in Audacity, or if you are using it for the first time, then here is a complete guide for you. Have a look. In addition, you can visit Audacity’s manual page to get details about the procedure.

Copy and Paste

In Audacity, when you copy and paste a section of some audio, then the track that has the good section is known as the source track and the track that has the bad section, which needs replacement, is called the Target track.

Selecting and copying the audio

Firstly, if you want to copy-paste anything, you need to select it. And, it is the same with audio in Audacity.

  • To copy and paste a good section, you need to select it first.
  • To select that section of your audio, you can simply use the selection tool available in the source track.
  • You can also zoom in, to ensure that the part you are selecting is the same as that of what you actually want.
  • The zoom option is available in the view menu, and the edit toolbar. After the selection, you need to copy your audio section.
  • To copy that section, you need to click on edit and then copy. In addition, you can use the keyboard shortcut keys for the same.
  • The shortcut is Ctrl+C. After this, you can paste that section. You can do the pasting in an already existing track, or a completely new track.

Copy and Paste a section of audio

Pasting the audio section in an already existing track or a new track

Now, it’s time to paste your copied audio section.

  • For this, you just need to click on edit. And then, click paste available in the edit menu.
  • You can also use Ctrl+V as a keyboard shortcut for the same function.
  • Additionally, you can easily paste the section into a point selection, a longer selection, and a shorter selection.
  • If you want to paste that section in a new track, then you have to first create the track, and then select the start time. And, lastly, paste the audio section.

How to avoid clicks?

If you wish to avoid unnecessary clicks in your audio, then you should try to start and stop your selection from/ at zero. For mono tracks, you can try clicking on select and then ‘at zero crossings’ to make a rough selection. Click here to learn more.


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