Audacity 2.0 Released

March 13, 2012: Audacity 2.0 Released!

The Audacity Team is elated to announce the release of Audacity 2.0 for Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Audacity 2.0 replaces all previous versions. It is derived from version 1.3.14, but is no longer a Beta version, and has major improvements over 1.2.6. See New Features and Release Notes for detailed information.

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2009 completed

September 01, 2009: Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2009 completed

Audacity 1.3.9 (Beta) for Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix released today contains many bug fixes contributed by our two Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2009 students, and brings us much closer to the goal of a new Stable 2.0 release.

As well as bug fixing, the students’ projects involved work on experimental “scripting” and “pre-record level detection” features that will appear in future Audacity versions. We congratulate both students on successful completion of their projects and thank everyone else involved in mentoring, testing and administration.

Future Beta Releases: We will have one or two more Beta releases in the very near future so as to get maximum possible feedback on code stability prior to 2.0 release. Please help us by trying the new Beta releases and letting us know of any problems you find. You can subscribe to receive news of these releases. Advanced users can also help us greatly by downloading our Nightly Builds and testing our fixes as we make them.

Bug Fixes in 1.3.9 include:

  • VST effects support crashed or slowed Audacity
  • Failure to launch on some Windows XP machines
  • Crashes importing files via drag or Recent Files
  • (Mac OS X)  Files greater than 16-bit or 64000 Hz did not import using QuickTime filter
  • AAC exports silenced
  • Generating audio in existing track fitted project to window
  • View menu items/shortcuts disabled when playing/recording
  • Unwanted interactions between linked audio and label tracks
  • Various other interface and effects bugs

See New in Audacity 1.3.9 for more on 1.3.9 and the Beta series. Note: This release does not support Windows 98 or ME, for which 1.3.7 is still available.

Audacity shines in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2008

September 12, 2008: Audacity shines in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2008

Four students participating with Audacity in Google Summer of Code successfully completed their projects, and their code will be in future versions of Audacity.

The four projects were:

  • FFmpeg support, to greatly increase the range of file formats that can be imported and exported
  • new GUI classes for future use in displaying audio tracks
  • on-demand/level-of-detail file loading, for near-instant loading and editing of uncompressed files
  • sticky labels that stay with the audio through cut and paste

Google Summer of Code 2008

Congratulations and thanks to all our participating students for what they contributed to improve Audacity, and thanks to everyone who worked so hard on mentoring and administration. We wish all this year’s students every success and hope they will continue their involvement with Audacity in future.