How to add markers into an audio file

If you work with audio often, whether you’re creating podcast episodes, music tracks, or doing a spotting session, you’ve most likely been using or wanting to use markers to annotate your audio projects. Notetracks is a platform built to easily mark up an audio file and gather feedback precisely on the track (think of SoundCloud meeting Google Docs).

To begin, click the ‘New Project’ button, select audio as your project type, and give it a title.

Notetracks – how to create and name a new audio project

If you haven’t already, add your file into Notetracks by clicking either of the two ‘Add Track’ buttons on the left-hand side of the screen.

Notetracks – where to find the ‘Add Track’ buttons in the workspace

You can also add tracks by dragging and dropping, or by importing directly from Dropbox or Google Drive.

Notetracks – how to import via Dropbox or Google Drive

Next, ensure you’re in the ‘Comment’ pane at the top middle of the workspace. You can utilize the playback controls at the bottom of the workspace to navigate along the track to where you’d like to leave a marker. Alternatively, you can do the same by moving the playhead across the waveform.

Notetracks – how to navigate along the waveform

When you’re ready to leave a marker, press the ‘Add Marker’ button in the toolbar. Markers can also be easily left on your audio file as you’re listening to it, ensuring you don’t need to pause and play repeatedly. Your marker will now appear in the workstation with a timestamp.

Notetracks – how to add markers

You can drag your markers along the waveform to move them using the green triangle. You can also edit markers and add comments by clicking the ‘Pen’ icon in the top right corner of the marker box.

If you’d like a more in-depth guide on how to leave comments and notes on audio files, feel free to check out our How to Comment on an Audio File help blog.

Notetracks – how to edit and adjust markers

Markers can be especially useful for those who like to denote something of importance in a track – such as an edit that needs to be made or a separate section of the track to be noted – without having to pause the track and possibly mark incorrect time stamps. Additionally, Notetracks markers can have text written in them to further elaborate on the point you’re marking, turning them into a comment.

Notetracks has an impressive collection of commenting, editing, drawing, and annotation tools that can take your audio workflow to the next level. Whether you’re producing a podcast episode alongside guests or doing spotting sessions alongside musicians, Notetracks’ comprehensive audio annotation tools make it quick, intuitive, and simple. Find out more today.

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