Transport Menu

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Transport Menu commands let you play or stop, loop play, scrub play or record (including timed and sound activated recordings). Except for Scrub play, these playback commands play at standard speed, or as speeded up or slowed down over time by adding a Time Track envelope. The easiest way to play at a fixed faster or slower speed is to use Play-at-Speed Toolbar.
Transport Menu commands let you play or stop, loop play, scrub play or record (including timed and sound activated recordings)Tracks Menu provides commands for creating and removing tracks, applying operations to selected tracks such as mixing, resampling or converting from stereo to mono, and lets you add or edit labelsGenerate Menu lets you create audio containing tones, noise or silenceAudacity includes many built-in effects and also lets you use a wide range of plug-in effectsThe Analyze Menu contains tools for finding out about the characteristics of your audio, or labeling key featureThe Tools Menu contains customisable toolsThe Extra menu provides access to additional Commands that are not available in the normal default Audacity menusThe Help Menu lets you find out more about the Audacity application and how to use it.  It also includes some diagnostic tools.These commands control playback in AudacityThese commands control recording in AudacityScrubbing is the action of moving the mouse pointer right or left so as to adjust the position, speed or direction of playback, listening to the audio at the same time - a convenient way to quickly navigate the waveform to find a particular event of interestThese commands let you move the cursor to the start or end of the selection, track or any adjacent Clip that you may haveThese commands enable you to lock a play region and unlock itRescan for audio devices connected to your computer, and update the playback and recording dropdown menus in Device ToolbarThis submenu lets you manage and set various options for transport (playing and recording) in AudacityThe MenusTransportMenu.png
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Tip
  • Play and Record are usually activated using the Transport Toolbar (or keyboard shortcuts) rather than the menus. Shift and Ctrl with those buttons provide some of the options.
  • Seeking and Scrubbing are usually started from the scrub ruler rather than from the menus.
  • The less common cursor movement commands in the 'Cursor to' submenu can be bound to unused keyboard keys.

Playing  

The Playing submenu commands control playback in Audacity. You can Start, Stop or Pause playback of the audio in your project.

Recording  

The Recording submenu commands control recording in Audacity. You can Start, Stop or Pause recording in your project. You can either start a recording on your existing track or an a new track.

Scrubbing  

Opens a cascading submenu where you can start, stop or switch to Scrub play or Seek play, or toggle the Scrub Ruler on/off.

Find out more about the Scrubbing submenu here.

Cursor to  

The Cursor to submenu commands let you move the cursor to the start or end of the selection, track or any adjacent Clip that you may have.

Play Region  

The Play Region submenu commands enable you to lock a play region and unlock it.

Rescan Audio Devices  

Rescan for audio devices connected to your computer, and update the playback and recording dropdown menus in Device Toolbar.

Transport Options  

The Transport Options submenu lets you manage and set various options for transport (playing and recording) in Audacity.