- Julie Eickhoff
Punch and Roll
Audacity users have long loved the simplicity of the audio editing software, not to mention the full list of features it offers and oh...did I forget to mention that it's free?
What's not to love, right? Well, despite all the reasons we love it, there has been one feature that long-time users have often wished, requested and maybe even prayed would be added: Punch and Roll.
What is punch and roll? Well, it's a way to record audio that helps with making corrections on the fly. It can be a big time-saver when it comes to recording long-form narration, like audiobooks.
And now as if our prayers have been answered, Audacity has added the feature! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
It's simple to use, like just about everything else in Audacity. Here's how you use it.
You're recording along and you notice you made a mistake. Select the area of the recording that you would like to delete and delete it. Leave the playhead at the end of the track. Next, press the shortcut Shift + D and the playhead will back up 5 seconds and begin playing. You can listen to the recording just prior to your mistake. Then, at the splicing point, it will switch over to record so you can seamlessly continue recording. Tuh-duh! Your error is fixed and you can go your merry way. It makes it so much easier to make your corrections sound exactly right. Practice this a little and I think you'll love using it.
If you don't have Audacity yet, by all means, download it and give it a try. Click HERE to find the download page.
If you're new to the whole audio editing world, then you might want to learn how to download and install the software and how to use it. I explain all of that in the course Work from Home doing Voice Overs. You can check that out HERE.