OpenWindows User's Guide

Editing an Audio File

Because you can see an audio file graphically, you can determine which portions are sound and which are silence. This feature allows you to edit audio files such as voice messages. For instance, you might want to edit out long pauses (silence) between sentences or phrases. To modify the sound file, you edit the audio file as you would edit a text file in Text Editor, using cut, copy, and paste commands from the Edit menu.

To cut a portion of sound from one location and paste it in another, do the following:

  1. Click SELECT at the beginning of the sound portion you want to cut.

  2. Click ADJUST at the end of the portion you want to cut.

    Or, instead of steps 1 and 2, position the hairline cursor at the beginning of the sound portion, hold down the SELECT mouse button, and drag the pointer to the end of the portion.

    That portion is highlighted, as shown in Figure 11-7.

    Figure 11-7 Selecting a Portion to Cut


  3. Choose Edit -> Cut.

    That portion is removed to the clipboard.

  4. Click SELECT on the destination point for the portion of sound you cut.

  5. Choose Edit -> Paste.

    The cut portion of sound is pasted into the new location, as shown in Figure 11-8.

    Figure 11-8 Pasting the Sound Portion Back Into a File


Undoing an Edit

    You can undo the last edit you made by choosing Edit -> Undo.

Tips for Editing Audio Files