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Join and Split Audio: Fixing Files in Converter Plus

The most common issue that comes up with working with audiobook files in Converter Plus is having book sections joined together into a single track, or having one book section split into two tracks.

As apart of your workflow, you will need to listen to the first and last track of every book to ensure you are catching any combined sections.

Below are the directions on how to Join and Split tracks within Converter Plus.

Join Audio

Sometimes you will come across a book section that has been divided into two tracks. For instance, one track will start with Chapter 1 and then the following track will just be narration with no heading being read. In this case, you can use the Join Audio feature on the edit page in the Set Play List section of Converter Plus.

To join two tracks:

  • Use the Play Order function to locate the first track that needs to be joined to the proceeding track.
  • Select Edit
  • This will take you to the page where you can edit the track.
  • Below the regular edit pane, where you can change the name and rank of the track, there is a section titled Join Audio. This is the second heading on the page.
  • There will be text asking you if this track continues into the next track. If this is correct select the Join button.

Now when you go back to the Play Order section you will see that the two tracks are now joined into a single track. You can proceed in renaming the tracks.

Split Audio

The most common issue with audiobooks is having the first and last tracks contain more than one book section. As part of your workflow, you will be required to listen to the first and last track and split the tracks as needed.

Some common book sections that can be combined in the first audio track are:

  • Title Page
  • Epigraph (This is the section of quotations found at the beginning of some books.)
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1

See the Audiobook Glossary for more info about book sections.

A quick way to notice this is if the first track is the title page, and then the second track is Chapter 2. Another tip is to look at the total duration of the first track. Title Pages are only several seconds long, if it is more than this chances are it has more than one book section combined into the single track.

The end track usually will only have the Sign Off section joined to the last chapter. Most audiobooks have a Sign Off section, and if it is joined you will need to split it.

If you are ever unsure about the name of a book section you are trying to split, please ask!

To split a track:

  • Identify and select the track you wish to split in the Play Order section of Converter Plus
  • Select Edit
  • This will take you to the page where you can edit the track.
  • Below the regular edit pane, where you can change the name and rank of the track, there is a section titled Split Audio. This is the third heading on the page.
  • There will be text asking you if this track contains 2 sections, press scan to separate it.
  • Press the Scan button.
  • This will take you to a new page that tells you it has scanned the track and found the longest pause of silence. It will suggest you split the track at this pause.
  • There is a player on this page that is set automatically to that place in the track. It will ask you if you wish to hit play to check the selection. Select Play to listen.
  • If the player starts at the name of the track you wish to split (e.g. Chapter 1) then type the name of the track into the textbox for Title and hit Split.
  • Now you will have an additional track in the Play Order section that is titled Chapter 1.
  • Repeat until you have split all the sections as needed.
If the Title Page track is still a few minutes long, then it will have more sections in it that need to be split. You will have to repeat the above steps until you have split all the sections into their own tracks.

Sometimes the scan will not select the correct location. One common reason is there is music on the track.

If you have scanned the track and pressed play and it is not at the correct location you will have to use the slider control in the player to locate the correct location to split the track. Once you locate the correct place to split the track, press Update. Then, type in the name of that section in the Title textbox and hit Split.

Be very careful about using the slider, and make sure you are splitting the track at the correct location. This is something you want to take your time on and double or triple check before you split the track. If in doubt, ask for help!
public/nnels/etext/join_and_split_audio_in_converter_plus.txt · Last modified: 2021/01/22 13:15 by rachel.osolen