I'm trying to do non-linear editing in Audacity. In other words, I have 8 minutes of audio, and my goal is to cut certain sections, and rearrange them. But, when I cut a track in audacity, and paste it, two tracks now exist, and they play in parallel.....this is obviously not what I want. Is my question clear?

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    When you paste did you confirm that your cursor is located in the original track where you want the clip to be located?
    – BenV
    Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 17:55
  • Hey Ben, I've actually figure out a solution. There is a button named "solo" on each track which helps isolate the sound, and then I use the time shift tool to line up tracks. Not the most intuitive....but it gets the job done.
    – hunterp
    Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 17:58
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    Just curious because it seems like there should be a better way - does this article describe what you're trying to do?
    – BenV
    Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 18:08

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Make sure your cursor is on the track where you want to paste the waveform. If you click on the blank area beneath the tracks, a new track will be created, which sounds like what you are doing.

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