Ease your task by Label tracks

What are the label tracks?

While using Audacity, or any other audio editing software, you might face issues while handling them. Because, you see the tracks in the form of sliders or pitch/frequency graphs. At times, it feels difficult for the editor to easily recognize the point where editing has to be done. So, Audacity has something special for you: Label Track.

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Audacity is a great software for music enthusiasts, because of the comfort it provides to its users. You can create an additional track and save it as Label Track. You can add these tracks anywhere between the original audio track and use it to specify any reference point in the track or a particular region out of it.

Don’t worry, these tracks contain no audio, i.e. these are empty tracks. So, these will not hinder your original audio. Now, let us see how to use these label tracks!

Label tracks

How to use label tracks?

You can export or import the label tracks in the form of text files, which have a usual extension-.txt. These are the simple text files that you can open in any text editor. These labels have two features- time and label name.

Time / Frequency

You can use these label tracks to refer a single point in the audio track or it may stretch over a length of the audio. So, to set a label, you need to specify the starting time and the ending time for the label track. Note that if you are using this label track for specifying a single point, the starting and the ending time will be the same.

You can specify the label tracks by frequencies too. You can create them by the spectrogram track, where the spectral view enables you to select a region or a point in the track. One can have a look at the high and low frequencies by simply selecting the label and looking at the Spectral Toolbar. You can do the same thing by the ‘Edit labels’ option in the ‘Edit’ menu.

Export/ Import label tracks

Now if you want to export the label tracks, you can easily do the same by using the ‘Export Label’ option. You will find this option in the ‘Export’ sub-menu in the ‘File’ menu. The name of these exported files will be the same as the name of the label track by default. At the same time, if you are exporting multiple label tracks, then all of them will get exported as a single file which will have the name of the current label track.

You can import already created label tracks from the Edit labels window. This is a great way to use label tracks easily and instantaneously, where you don’t need to generate them again. To do the same, click on the ‘File’ menu and then select ‘Labels’ option from the ‘Import’ sub-menu.

Why are these important?

These labels may make your work very easy, by telling you what each point in the audio track signifies. For example, you have a track that contains all the interview recordings. These labels will refer to the points of starting and ending of one interview and then the duration of the other. Click here to learn more.


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