Apply Macro feature in Audacity

Macro feature in Audacity

Macro feature in Audacity: Audacity has always improved its functionality and tried to introduce various new user-friendly features. One of these features is Macros. Macros basically help you apply an automatic series of commands in proper order. You can easily create a Macro in Audacity by clicking on tools, and then Macros.

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The Macros Palette

The Macros Palette is available in the Tools menu. You just need to open the Tools menu, click on apply macros, and choose a palette. You can also use the Shrink button as a shortcut for this. The Macros Palette will then be easily available on your screen until you dismiss it. Macros is easy and simple to use.

Selecting and Applying Macro

Selecting a Macro in Audacity is as easy as recording a song. You just need to click on the Macros list, and then left-click on the Macro that you want to select. After selecting, you need to apply the Macro to your files. For that, click on the project button. This will help you apply the selected audio to the project you are currently working on.

Also, this will help you apply a series of effects on the entire project. If you include the export command in the Macro, the whole file will be exported, no matter what the selected region or the track was. Exported files are saved in a folder called macro-output.

  • The macro-output folder of the saved files is available in the same location as the project.
  • If you have imported the audio in the project, then the macro- output folder will be found at the location of the first imported file.
  • If none of these is applicable, then a dialog box will appear, wherein you need to feed the location for the macro-output folder.

You can use the File button to apply the Macro to the selected file. If there is pre-existing audio in the current window, then you need to close it first. Firstly, you need to choose a directory for your files and then select the audio files and click on Open.

After this, you can import your files into Audacity for further use. And, export to the chosen Macro. Similar to the project macro, the files will also be saved in a folder called macro-output folder. In addition, it is recommended that more than 500 files should not be processed at the same time.

Expand presets for effects and cancel

You can use the expand option to increase the size of the Macros dialog box. It will help bring your Macros dialog box to full size. And, you can store your files in Macros as per your favoured settings. The Macros Palette provides you presets for effects that you can use easily.

The dialog box will always remain open and will be visible on your screen, though you can do your work side by side. In case you want to remove the dialog, however, you can use the cancel button available in Audacity. Click here to learn more.


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