help editinf files with audacity

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Wed Jun 28 14:45:59 UTC 2017

I've had very little success with Audacity on Linux. There's nowhere
near the level of accessibility on Windows or Macintosh.

You can expect excellent success with command line tools like sox and
ecasound. Both are enormously powerful and emminently worth learning, if
you plan to do much, or even a little audio work.

Example: Your use case below could be used to kill the first 5 seconds
of a file like this:

sox source.mp3 out.mp3 trim 5 [remaining length]

Now out.mp3 contains audio beginning at 5 seconds. To get the total
length of, so that you can calculate the remaining length, you can use:

sox source.mp3 -n stat

Total length is in the second line of output.



Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> Hi all, Mark Peveto here.  Looking for some help with audacity.  I've heard folks sware up and down that it's accessible in Linux, but I sure can't
> figure it out.  I was trying to edit an mp3 file.  I wanted to remove maybe the first 5 or 10 seconds of one.  I hit left bracket to set my left
> boundary, and right bracket to set the right boundry, but when I hit delete, it killed the entire file.  Clearly I'm doing something wrong.  What's the
> trick to file editing like this?
> thanks.
> Mark Peveto
> Registered Linux user number 600552
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