- A LOF file is a plain text file ending with the extension ".lof" that contains a list of audio files to import into an Audacity project window.
- It can optionally contain commands to create new project windows into which to import the audio files.
To use LOF files in Audacity use either of:
Then select List of files in basic text format from the Files of type dropdown list:
There are only two commands "file" and "window", each with associated options:
Specifies the full path to the file which then imports as a new track in the current window (the path must always be in double quotes). There is one optional parameter:
- offset: specifies the start time of the audio file in seconds
Creates a new Audacity project window for subsequent files in the list, There are two optional parameters:
- offset: specifies the left-most time, in seconds, displayed in the window
- duration: specifies how much time, in seconds, should be displayed in the window
The hash character # can be used anywhere on a line to precede a comment - everything after # on that line is ignored by the importer.
Given an empty project window, the following LOF file located at C:\Desktop imports the audio file "sample1.wav" from the Desktop into that window, followed by "sample2.wav" and "sample3.wav" from other locations underneath. Then a new project window is created and the audio file "sample4.wav" from the Desktop is imported into it.
# everything following the hash character is ignored window # an initial window command is implicit and optional file "sample1.wav" # sample1.wav is displayed file "C:\Ken\sample2.wav" offset 5 # sample2.wav is displayed with a 5s offset file "C:\Dave\sample3.wav" # sample3.wav is displayed with no offset window offset 5 duration 10 # open a new window, then zoom to display # 10 seconds of sample4.wav from 5 seconds to 15 seconds, offsetting it by 2.5 seconds file "sample4.wav" offset 2.5
The file names shown are for a Windows system, but the same syntax applies on Mac and Linux with the obvious change to a suitable file path.