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It look like there are a number of ways to split an Audacity audio recording:

However, I can't find a way to split audacity audio tracks every 3 minutes, for example, without regard to silence.

Is there a way that I can split an Audacity audio track into X number of chunks or every X number of minutes?

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audacity may not be the ideal tool, for really meant for that, i'd guess people just use it to make the recording, it was probably a while till it could even do mp3, till it had the plugin option! Maybe you want to try some other programs. mkvtoolnix can split specifying times to could specify each, don't know if it can easily do every x min but possibly. – barlop Sep 15 '11 at 1:07
I just don't want to go through too many decode/encode cycles. I guess I could write out the audacity track to wav. It's all just a hassle. Hopefully someone knows how this is done or a hack for making it happen :-P – Ross Rogers Sep 15 '11 at 17:21
How would writing it to WAV help you? You mean and cut it manually with audacity? BTW re mkvtoolnix I have a suspicion that it's a format designed purely for splitting and joining. so is probably ideal. It has given me some relief when I tried it. – barlop Sep 15 '11 at 17:28
wav format has no compression, so it won't have the associated data loss issues that compression has. I realize the loss is minimal when going to mp3, but I want to minimize distortion. I'll look into mkvtoolnix :-) Thanks! – Ross Rogers Sep 15 '11 at 20:27
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So, the solution I'm going with is exporting from Audacity to mp3, and then using mp3splt to split the files. mp3splt does not transcode, so I shouldn't have re-compression artifacts.

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My solution would be to split using sox or ffmpeg after export...not to try it with audacity. Automation in a gui tool == not so least for me.

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Mind expanding on how this would work? – soandos Jul 17 '12 at 4:06

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