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"Audacity" creating new tracks

I've been playing with Audacity for a couple of days, trying to figure out how to break down audio book tapes (+/-45 minute tracks) into smaller (3-5 minute tracks).

As you can see from the attachment, there are already 'pauses' (look at about 5:15, 7:15, and 9:15) in the big track - so I'm just trying to figure out how to turn those pauses into separate tracks.

Right now, I have 8 tracks of about 40-45 minutes each and I could burn 8 CD's. If I can break the big tracks into smaller chunks, I should be able to reduce that to only 4-5 CD's.

Please post back any comments/questions. I'll keep the Audacity file open so that I can test any suggestions you have.

Thank you.

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Gary Case

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<<If you just mark the selections you want in each track (drag the mouse); and then select File - Export Selection,>>

I just tested this and it works just fine. I don't mind doing the grunt work on this (I'm an Old Grunt) and it is just what I needed.

Thank you,

Just what I needed - thanks.
Gary Case

You're most welcome.
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William Peck
Gary Case

... by the way, I was playing a bit with Audacity => you've probably already discovered this; but if you hold the shift key down and then hold an arrow key down you can easily mark the selections you want to save ... and if you pay attention to the exact times for each selection (shown at the bottom), it's easier (I think) to start the next selection at the same time you ended the last using the arrows than it is with the mouse (just use the arrow key to set the start point; then hold the shift key down and press the arrow again to mark the selection).

I'll play with the shift+arrow key, but it sounds good.
I also saved a copy of the "Project" before starting and just deleted each track after the Export -- making sure that I got a clean start on each track.