I have a couple hundred small voice clips used for teaching correct pronunciation of words. Some of the recordings are quieter than others and most have some silence (not true silence) at the beginning and end. I am looking for a way to quickly amplify and trim the files rather than doing them one by one.
I am currently trying to use Audacity but am open to other suggestions (preferably Mac first or Linux second as a second option).
I have been looking at using Audacity Chains to automate this, but it looks like it doesn't work with Amplify. It does work with Normalize, but I am not sure if this is what I want, because in my mind it will distort the audio (but please correct me if I am wrong) and thus the user would not hear the correct pronunciation of the words.
How can I go about automating the trimming and amplification of these sound clips?