Cutting, Copying, Pasting, and Removing Audio Clips

You can cut, copy, paste, and remove audio clips in the Timeline. You can also paste multiple copies of a clip.

To cut an audio clip
  • Select the clip in the Timeline, then choose Edit > Cut (or press Command-X).

    The clip is removed from the Timeline and placed on the Clipboard.

To copy an audio clip
Do one of the following:
  • Select the clip in the Timeline, then choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C).

  • Option-drag the clip to the position where you want to copy it.

To paste an audio clip
  • Set the playhead at the position where you want to paste the clip, then choose Edit > Paste (or press Command-V).

    The clip is pasted in the currently selected track, starting at the current playhead position. If no track is selected, the clip is pasted in the track from which it was cut or copied.

When pasting clips cut or copied from different positions in the Timeline or from multiple tracks, the following conditions apply:

When pasting audio clips, you can choose to paste multiple copies of the clip in succession. Using the Paste Repeat command, you can paste any number of copies of a clip in the selected track.

To paste multiple copies of a clip
  1. Cut or copy the clip.

  2. Set the playhead to the point where you want to paste the first copy of the clip.

  3. If you want to paste the copies in a different track, select the track.

  4. Choose Edit > Paste Special > Paste Repeat (or press Option-Command-V).

  5. In the Paste Repeat dialog, enter the number of times you want to paste the clip.

    Figure. Paste Repeat dialog.

    The copies are pasted in the selected track, starting at the current playhead position. If no track is selected, the copies are pasted in the same track as the cut or copied clip.

    Figure. Track displaying multiple pasted copies.

As you work on a project, you may decide that a clip that sounded great on its own no longer fits with the overall composition. You can remove clips from a project by deleting them from the Timeline.

To remove an audio clip
  • Select the clip, then choose Edit > Delete (or press the Delete key).