How to merge multiple audio files to one, using Audacity and export it to a new file

From time to time we need to merge multiple audio files, if they come from multiple sources, for a number of requirements. Sometimes, even if we have several music files, we need to merge them and export them as one single audio file. There are a plethora of tools available to merge 2 or more audio files, and one of the best programs that can be utilized for that purpose is Audacity. Audacity is an open-source audio editing application that is available for most major platforms like Windows, Linux, and Mac. Besides helping you with merging multiple audio files, you can even use Audacity to carry out a number of other activities on your existing audio files.

When it comes to Audacity, you can merge multiple audio files even if each of them is available in multiple formats. But after the merging is complete, you can eventually export the audio as a single audio file and you can choose the most appropriate format depending upon your requirements. Before you finally merge the audio files, you can even clip out unwanted parts of it, so that you can get the most appropriate output audio file. There are even options to add effects like silence, your own voice so that each of them can be recognized if you think that is important.

So, without any for the delay, let’s get started with how you can merge multiple audio files into one single file.

Merging multiple audio files to one with Audacity

Step 1: Open Audacity on your computer, and go to file ‘File’, and choose ‘Audio…’ under ‘Import’.

Merging multiple audio files to one with Audacity

Step 2: You can even hit the ‘Ctrl + Shift + I’ shortcut key to directly start importing audio files into audacity.

Step 3: Now, navigate to the folder where the audio files are present. As you can find, you can import multiple audio files at once, and it doesn’t matter which audio format is used. You can import multiple audio files, even if each of them comes in a different format.

Step 4: Simply select the audio files that you want to import, and click on ‘Open’.

navigate to the folder where the audio files are present

Step 5: If you try to import uncompressed audio files, you will be asked to either create a copy of the audio file, so that the files are safe. That will make accessibility a little slower, however, if you want fast performance, you can access the uncompressed audio file without creating a copy. So, just choose the appropriate option as per your requirements, but I will recommend you to go with the default settings as recommended by Audacity. Simply click on ‘OK’, if a message about uncompressed audio pops up, to complete the import process.

import uncompressed audio files

Step 6: Now, you can find the waveforms of the individual audio files, however, you can even minimize the waveform, with the small arrow, so that you can find a list of all the audio file imported.

find the waveforms of the individual audio files

Step 7: If you have imported multiple audio files, and you cannot see them in a single page, you can change the view by clicking on ‘Fit to Width’ and ‘Fit to Height’, under ‘Track Size’, from the ‘View’ menu.

imported multiple audio files

Now you can listen to the individual audio files, and trim out those parts of the audio that you don’t want.

Step 8: To do that simply select the part of the audio that you want to delete, in the waveform, and hit the delete button. Yes, it is that simple to remove unwanted parts of an audio file using audacity.

trim out those parts of the audio

Step 9: After you have removed all the unwanted parts of the audio clips, it is time that you should merge all the clips so that it can be exported as a single audio file.

Step 10: To do that, go to ‘Tracks’, and click on ‘Stereo Track’, under ‘Add New’.

removed all the unwanted parts of the audio clips

Step 11: Now select the complete waveforms of the individual audio clips, copy them by using the ‘Ctrl + C’ Shortcut key, or by using ‘Copy’, under ‘Edit’.

complete waveforms of the individual audio clips

Step 12: Then, select the new empty audio track created by you, and hit the ‘Ctrl + V’ button, or choose ‘Paste’ under ‘Edit’.

select the new empty audio track created

Step 13: Now, copy the other two files, and paste them at the end of the newly created audio file, one after another, as shown in the screenshot below.

newly created audio file with Audacity 100

Step 14: Before pasting the new clip, you can even leave a small gap to add your own voice or any other small audio content, if you feel like doing that. To do that, just click on the newly created audio track, after leaving a small gap, where the last audio file ends. Paste the next audio file after that, and that will automatically be placed starting at the selected point, as shown below.

pasting the new clip with Audacity 105

Step 15: Now, simply close the other audio files imported by you, using the cross button, and only keep the final audio file, which has been created by you.

simply close the other audio files imported

Step 16: You can now finally export the file by clicking on ‘Export’, under ‘File’, and then by choosing the appropriate format to export the same.

finally export the file new joined with Audacity 130

Step 17: If you are looking for wide compatibility, you can export the file as an MP3 or OGG, or you can even export the same as WAV, but you will have to compromise on compatibility, by doing that. I am exporting the file to MP3, and thus, is choosing the appropriate option.

Step 18: Just choose the location where you want to save the file, and choose the name of the file, before you finally click on ‘Save’.

choose the location where you want to save the file

This way, you can keep the actual tracks intact, even after merging them, as the merged audio is exported to a new audio file. Audacity is a powerhouse for playing with audio files, and there are a lot of other things that you can do with this mighty application. Do you have anything else to say? Feel free to comment on the same below.

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