How to Pin the Audacity Playhead and a Look at Timeline Options

Let’s talk about pinning the Audacity playhead and take a look at the Audacity timeline options. Understanding these topics has made me a better podcast editor by speeding up my editing time and giving me extra tools.

  • Video Chapters:
  • 00:00 Pinning the Audacity Playhead and Timeline Properties
  • 02:35 How to Pin the Playhead
  • 04:05 Disabling Auto-Scroll
  • 06:39 Enabling Quick Play
  • 08:05 Lock Play Region
  • 09:18 Repeat Play in the Locked Play Region
  • 10:32 Play-at-Speed in the Locked Play Region

Check out my online video course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced, at

The Anatomy of an Audacity Waveform

Waveforms are where we spend our time as podcast editors and it’s important to know enough about a waveform to be comfortable editing it. Audacity waveforms are digital representations of the audio that’s been recorded or imported into Audacity. Analog audio recorded through a microphone has to be converted to digital audio before Audacity can do anything with it. USB mics, mixers, and portable recorders like the Zoom H6 do this analog to digital conversion prior to giving it to Audacity to be edited. Let’s take a closer look…

  • Contents:
  • 1:11 Instantaneous Peaks and RMS Average
  • 2:57 Spectrogram View
  • 4:43 Analog to Digital Conversion
  • 6:51 Digital Sample Rates
  • 8:38 Music CD Sample Rate
  • 9:41 Changing the Color of a Waveform

Check out my 54 on-line video lectures at Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced.

The Audacity Play-at-Speed Toolbar

The Play-at-Speed tool in Audacity can save you time in your podcast editing. It’s versatile in that it gives you a way to speed up the tracks you’re editing so you don’t have to go through them in real time. It also gives you the ability to slow down a track if you need to isolate a section of audio that needs special attention.

Interested in going deeper in Audacity? I teach Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced at As of this recording, it consists of 54 on-demand video lectures and I update it as needed. Check it out if you haven’t already. There are several videos you can preview.

I also mention my Zoom H6 Audio Recording Essentials class in this video. It’s 26 on-demand video lectures that show you the hardware and software of the Zoom H6 and how to record and navigate the different menus.

The Anatomy of a Track in Audacity

Let’s talk about the anatomy of a track in Audacity. What’s all the stuff in the track header and what do we need to know about it? How do I change the scale and what do the sliders in the track header do? How do the settings in the track header affect my exported audio?

Want to learn more? Be sure to check out my Udemy course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced at

The Time Track in Audacity

In this video I take a look at the time track within Audacity and talk about it’s function and how to use it. The Audacity time track isn’t something we hear a lot about as podcasters but it’s one way to add special effects and automation to the speed of your tracks.

Be sure to check out my online video course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced on