Advanced Mixing Options

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The Advanced Mixing Options dialog appears when you click on the Configure button in the Export Audio dialog.

Use this dialog to export multi-channel (surround sound) files or to make customized assignments between Audacity tracks and the channels in the exported file.

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When you click on the Configure button in the Export Audio dialog, this dialog appears which presents you with the number of tracks you have in your project and allows you to map these as desired to each of up to

Tip To include only specific tracks in the exported file, select those tracks then use the Current selection option in the Export Range section of the Export Audio dialog, or mute the tracks you do not want to export.
Advice Currently there is no support for exporting multi-channel files when using Split in parts (to export multiple audio files) from the Export Audio dialog.

The tracks from your project shown on the left will be mixed down into the output channels shown on the right:

  • The tracks in your project are shown in blue boxes.
  • The output channels are shown in gray boxes.
  • Adjust the Output Channels slider as desired to change the number of output channels.
  • Click to select or deselect any box. A selected box is outlined in red.
  • Clicking to select a box when another is already selected will link the boxes if they are not linked, or remove the link if they are linked.
  • Clicking on any link will remove that link.

Connect the tracks to the channels in the way that you want, then click "OK" to return to the Export Audio dialog to effect the export.

  • There is no support at the moment for multi-channel playback of audio in Audacity - playback of a multi-channel file in Audacity will always be mixed down to stereo. Similarly, the Tracks > Mix > Mix and Render and Tracks > Mix > Mix and Render to New Track commands only mix down to mono or stereo.
  • Audacity does not perform mapping of the channels in exported files to specific playback channels. Use the Audio Track Dropdown Menu or mouse drag on the Track Control Panel of tracks to move tracks up and down so they match the channel layout of the format you are exporting to. In addition, 5.1 files in OGG and AC3 formats are often FL, FC, FR, SL, SR, LFE.
Advice There is no guarantee that a sound device or any particular file will follow recommended channel mapping for the format.