Please help! Trying to solo a single interviewee in multitrack recording on Amadeus Pro

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Hi everybody!

I'm slowly learning the ins and outs of Amadeus Pro however, I'm struggling with this one. I've been editing a podcast before as a single stereo track, cutting out the nonsense (It's an actual play D&D podcast), which is fine. I'm now moving on to each player wearing their own mic and having their own track. What I'm looking to do is to solo a single speaker at a time or, looking at it another way, muting everyone else, as a table of 5 excited people tends to turn a little chaotic.

I have searched google but I'm not entiruly sure what I am looking for. If anyone can help either here in the forum or in PM or on twitter @OliverKennett @MiddlonDnD, I would be most grateful. I feel I'm close, its just understanding terminology and the specific button to hit after I've dropped the markers on a particular track.

All the best




Submitted by splyt on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ok .. my understanding is that you are trying to make one person speak on each turn
If this is true then I assume that you have five tracks, one per person. If you have only one track and the five people are talking together then there is nothing to be done but trying to put some order on the whole thing next time. Beeinng a regular podcast editor for three years now I have discovered that even a natural conversation of five guys has to be somehow planned ahead of tinme and that if something gets too much confusing it is best to stop everything and recreate that part of the conversation on a more ordered way because as everyone remembers the conversation it is easy to recreate the sence of that in a better way.

If you have five tracks then you can insert silence on the tracks that need to be muted. Be aware though that if you do it the remaining of the tracks will get out of sync because you have placed some extra silence on somme tracks.
If you do not want to use the speech of that other tracks when the choosen one is speaking then you can replace the speech of that tracks with silence. Just select the time frame to be silenced and use your editor to replace that content with silence and this way things won't get out of sync. I recomend though that you save a backup of the recording because believe me playing with inserting silence or replacing stuff with silence might very well end up with a extremely confusing project where you won't be able to find your self and need to start from the beginning again until you get it right.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

That's great.

For any interested, you select the track in the editor, use command y to set where the marker will be, command shift m to lay a marker, do it again at the end of the phrase you want to silence, then hit command left and then command t which will insert the silence.

My next problem is actually moving between tracks in an easier way in the editor. Any tips?

Thanks so much for the help.


Submitted by splyt on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Can you explain it better?
Moving between tracks should be a mather of pressing up and down arrows ... shhouldn't it?
As for selecting multiple tracks ... well it iis possibli a mather of pressing shift but this needs to be verified please

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

There doesn't appear to be a simple up down way of changing tracks in Amadeus Pro. If I VO down into the scroll area I can find the two tracks with their editable boxes for their names, but then control of the tracks themselves using tab, space, left and right etc do not work.

It can be done to a certain extent but it is a very involved way of doing it. The way you are describing makes it sound like you can access a list of tracks like a list of emails, say ... I"m not getting that, maybe I'm missing something?

Submitted by Tree on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

As has already been mentioned, you should be able to move through the tracks pretty simply with VO up and down arrows. However, this does not always work, this is what works for me most of the time. I move focuse to the name text field of a track; I then hit VO up or down to move to the previous or next track; once I get to the track I want I hit the escape key, which seems to help the right track be sulected. If you want to make sure you have the right track sulected yuo can hit shift space, which will only play the sulected track.

As far as sulecting multiple tracks, this was the method that worked best for me. There is a key stroke for sulecting the same part of all tracks; I can't remember what the key stroke is, because I don't use the mac any more, but you can find the key stroke in the VO m menu. I use this key stroke after I make my sulection on one track. I then move to each track and make the change I want, for example cutting out a clip.

Submitted by splyt on Thursday, April 12, 2018

right you need to move to the name field and press escape latter . Shift space plays only the selected track.

For selecting stuff I would make the following:
1- Keep listenning to the audio.
2- Locate the place you want to start selecting from. While the audio is playing press the p key.
3- Locate the place you want to be your selection end. Press the space key to pause the audio.
4- Press command y to put the play head where you are.
5- Press command left arrow to extend your selection from the play head to the next marker to the left, created when you pressed the p key.
6- Press space to play the selection. The keys a s d and f can be used to extend and contract the left border and contract and extend the right border of the selection respectively.
8- Use the e key to play the recording before and after the selection but not the selection itself in order to allow you to preview an eventual cut you might want to do before doing it but I can not remember it right now.
9- Pressing del will delete the selection on the current track. Pressing cmd + delete will delete the time frame selected on all tracks that happen to have something on that time frame.
10- I can not remember one key to select multiple tracks. Using vo command enter might work but I am not sure. This is one of the things that led me from Amadeus to Audacity, which is great on Mac but even greater on Windows in terms of acessibility and productivity ... but stick a little bite more with Amadeus. There is a great course called Become an Amadeus Pro Maestro on Mozen Consulting. I bought it and do not regret .. it made me really able to get started.


Submitted by Jesse Tregarthen on Sunday, June 2, 2019

I know one way to cycle through tracks is with the N key. The only downside is that you then have to use shift space to identify which track you're focused on but after a while you'd get used to the order of a specific project.