How to Add Track Markers in Audacity

How to Add Track Markers in Audacity
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This emindsca teaches you how to add label markers to an Audacity track. A label marker, also known as a track marker, is a feature in audio editing software that allows you to add notes or annotations to a specific location in a file. Label markers can be used to store editing notes, transcribe voice, name segments that need to be separated into separate files, or for any other purpose. When you add a label marker to a track, Audacity creates a label track in the project to store the labels.

Steps

1. Open your project in Audacity. You can label virtually any audio track in Audacity.

If you haven’t installed Audacity yet, you can get it from https://www.audacityteam.org/download.

2. Mark the location by clicking or selecting it. You have two choices:

Simply click the mouse where you want to add a marker to mark a single point in the track. This is known as a point label.

To label a longer segment, highlight it with the mouse. This is known as a region label.

3. Press Ctrl+B (PC) or ⌘ Cmd+B (Mac) to add the label marker. This inserts a label track into the project and places a marker at the selected location.

Alternatively, you can click the Edit menu, select Labels, and choose Add Label at Selection.

If you want to add labels quickly during playback, press Ctrl + M (PC) or Cmd + M (Mac) to add a label at the current playback position. This is especially handy when making transcription notes.

4. Fill in the blanks with a name or any other information you want. To avoid performance issues in the editor, the marker’s label should not be longer than 260 characters.

5. Press ↵ Enter or ⏎ Return. This saves the text to the label track.

  • You can edit a label at any time by right-clicking it and selecting Edit label.
  • To remove a label, right-click it and select Delete label.

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