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Audacity recordings location [SOLVED]

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:10 pm
by oligalma
I often record with Audacity. However, I don't know where the recordings are stored. Where can I find them?

Re: Audacity recordings location

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:14 pm
by Pilosopong Tasyo
Once you save an Audacity project file (.aup), a folder bearing the same name appended with "_data" gets created alongside it. E.g., a project file named "my-one-hit-wonder.aup" will have a folder named "my-one-hit-wonder_data" created in the same location where the project file was saved.

The generated .au files in the _data folder (there will be other folders beneath the _data folder BTW) are used internally by Audacity itself. Each .au file contains about a 6 second chunk of audio (from what I see) from one of the tracks in your project file.

If what you're after instead is the final result of your audio editing process, export the project file to an audio format of your choice.

Re: Audacity recordings location

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:27 pm
by oligalma
Pilosopong Tasyo wrote:Once you save an Audacity project file (.aup), a folder bearing the same name appended with "_data" gets created alongside it. E.g., a project file named "my-one-hit-wonder.aup" will have a folder named "my-one-hit-wonder_data" created in the same location where the project file was saved.

The generated .au files in the _data folder (there will be other folders beneath the _data folder BTW) are used internally by Audacity itself. Each .au file contains about a 6 second chunk of audio (from what I see) from one of the tracks in your project file.

If what you're after instead is the final result of your audio editing process, export the project file to an audio format of your choice.
Ok, thanks for your answer. So if you don't save or export anything, the recordings are lost? Imagine that you record a very long track. i want to make sure this track disappears, in order not to lose hard disk space...

Re: Audacity recordings location

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:09 am
by Pilosopong Tasyo
oligalma wrote:So if you don't save or export anything, the recordings are lost? Imagine that you record a very long track. i want to make sure this track disappears, in order not to lose hard disk space
Ah, well in that case, go to Edit > Preferences > Directories in Audacity. Any unsaved recording(s) are placed in the indicated temporary files directory location (e.g. /var/tmp/audacity-yourusername).

That said, Audacity is going to delete unsaved recordings anyway as part of its cleanup routine once you exit the application. However, in the event of a crash, those recordings will remain. Re-open Audacity, and it will prompt you that there is an unsaved project file. Tell it to discard the project and exit Audacity afterwards. It will do the cleanup for you.

Or... you can just DIY, once you know the temporary files directory. :mrgreen:

HTH.

Re: Audacity recordings location

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:43 am
by oligalma
Many thanks Pilosopong Tasyo! It's all clear.