Audacity - How to Merge Two Audio Tracks into One

I want to merge two MP3 audio tracks into one. Knowing Audacity is powerful, I installed it on my computer. But how do I use Audacity to merge two audio tracks?

Audacity, developed by a group of volunteers, is a free open-source audio editor for Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux. It enjoys a good reputation and might be the NO.1 audio-editing choice for most people. Though powerful, Audacity has a beginner-unfriendly UI and requires some skills to use it. In this article, we will talk about how to how to merge audio tracks in Audacity.

Audacity merge tracks

Part 1: How to Join Multiple Audio Tracks into One in Audacity

There are countless methods to combine two audio tracks into one in Audacity. Here we have picked out the two simplest methods for you.

Method 1

Step 1: First, open Audacity on your computer. Click the File button and go to Import – Audio. Here you can also use the shortcut key Ctrl + Shift + I instead.

Import audio tracks to merge in audacity

Step 2: Select the audio tracks to be merged in Audacity and click the Open button to import them.

Step 3: Click the Time Shift Tool (F5) button. Then you can drag one of the tracks to the right until it is totally behind the other track.

Drag one of the tracks to the right

Step 4: Now you can export a new audio track which merged the two original audio tracks. Click the File button and select Export. For the best audio quality and quickest processing, we recommend you export it as WAV.

Export aftet joing two audio tracks in audacity

The program allows you to edit metadata tags after you merge multiple audio tracks in Audacity.

Edit metadata tags in audacity

Method 2

Step 1: Import two audio tracks into Audacity following Step 1 and Step 2 in Method 1.

Step 2: Click the Select button on one audio track and then click the Copy button to copy it.

Select a track and click copy

Step 3: Make sure you are using the Selection Tool (F1). Then click at the end line of the other audio track. Now you can click the Paste button or press the shortcut key Ctrl + V to insert (paste) the copied track.

Paste a copied audio track

Step 4: Now you can see the second audio track has merged into the first one. Then you can select the whole of the first audio track and export it (you can follow Step 4 in Method 1 to export it).

Select the merged track and export it

After exporting, you can input the exported file to see if you have successfully joined the two audio tracks in Audacity.

Part 2: Alternative to Audacity to Merge Multiple Tracks

There is another way to combine multiple audio tracks into one which does not require Audacity or any other audio editing program. You can do it online using an audio recording tool. Here are the easy steps:

Step 1: Load FVC Free Audio Recorder by visiting https://www.free-videoconverter.net/free-audio-recorder/ in your browser and clicking the Start Recording button in the middle of the webpage.

Start Recording

Step 2: Click the Microphone button to turn it off and leave the System Audio on. (The cross icon means this switch is turned off). Then click the REC button to start recording.

Turn off Microphone

Step 3: Play the audio tracks one by one in the desired order. When all tracks are played, click the Stop button.

Stop recording

The recorder will show you the results of the audio recording. The output file will contain the merged audio tracks.

View results

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Part 3: FAQs about Merging Multiple Tracks in Audacity

1. Can I blend two audio tracks in Audacity?

Yes, you can. Method 1 we talked about before is actually blending two audio tracks in Audacity without getting them overlapped. You can simply follow it to blend multiple audio tracks in Audacity.

2. It is free to use Audacity to combine multiple audio tracks?

Yes. Audacity is totally free and open-source so you don’t need to pay for it. Just free download it from its official website. It supports Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux.

3. Will the quality be damaged if I merge two audio tracks in Audacity?

It depends. When exporting the result, you can select a target format. Most formats use compressions which will erase extremely-high-frequency sounds from your audio tracks. So we recommend you export files in WMV format which keeps the original quality.

Conclusion

In this article, we talked about how to combine multiple audio tracks in Audacity. The first method is to create a blank at the start of one track and export a new track. The program will merge the two tracks automatically in the new one. And in the new track, the original two tracks are arranged one after another. The other method is to copy one track and paste it behind the end of the other audio track. We also provided an alternative method which does not require an Audacity installed on your computer. You just need to turn on the audio recorder and play the audio tracks one by one. Do you have any problem merging two tracks in Audacity? Please let us know.

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