I use Audacity, the free multitrack audio editor, for one thing and one thing only: splitting stereo files (I described the process here). So I don’t often look at new versions when they come out. If I can split stereo tracks to two mono tracks, I don’t really need anything else form it.
I did have cause to update Audacity recently, and found a neat little shortcut to my process of splitting files.
The old method went like this:
- Import audio file to split.
- Split stereo track to two tracks.
- Tell the left track to be a mono track.
- Tell the right track to be a mono track.
- Rename the tracks.
- Export multiple.
That isn’t a lot of steps, but now we can take two of those steps out of the equation, thanks to a new menu item, Split Stereo to Mono. Click that menu item and you just saved yourself some clicking around.
It’s only a few clicks saved, but it’s nice to see the folks at Audacity thinking about us.