I'm new to audacity (and recording) and mostly love it. But there is one problem I face when I record myself reading. I tend to make pauses quite often, so I interrupt the recording with space and start it again with R. Unfortunately, hitting these keys is audible so I have to manually cut them out or mute them, which is kinda tedious. Is there a way to prevent the sounds from hitting a key, such as start recording with a delay and neglecting the last bit before stopping a recording?

...and no, less pressure on the keys is not an option ;)


You can use a tool such as Sox to trim both ends of the recording. 500ms should do the trick.

  • thank you, @Mark! Removing the key stroke sounds at the beginning and the end of the whole recording is easy in Audacity as well. What makes it tedious is that I have many of these sounds within the recording as well (whenever I have stopped the recording and started it again (thus appending to the existing recording)). – yogabonito May 10 '20 at 14:46
  • Is there some sort of GPIO remote trigger you can activate to start/stop that doesn't rely on a keypress? – Mark May 11 '20 at 6:33
  • No, I don't have a remote trigger and I was hoping that it is possible solve this problem using software (e.g. an setting in audacity or a plugin). Thanks for your hint, but I think I prefer the tedious cutting/muting to buying something which will get obsolete once this functionality is built into some software ^^ – yogabonito May 12 '20 at 12:35
  • @yogabonito - it usually doesn't need to be built in to software, as folks use remote triggers. You could even get yourself a silent keyboard for this if you wanted to. – Rory Alsop May 19 '20 at 14:08
  • Thank you Rory! Unfortunately I am still reluctant to buy stuff, as I am not a professional ^^ – yogabonito May 20 '20 at 22:25

Simple solution is to use a silent external keyboard and place it as far away from the mic as possible.

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