Audacity 2.4.2 Released

We’re pleased to announce release of Audacity 2.4.2 which replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Audacity 2.4.2

wxWidgets Library

The main change since 2.4.1 is that we have upgraded the wxWidgets library that Audacity uses from 3.1.1 (with patches by us) to 3.1.3 (with patches by us). We wanted to do this as a release in its own right, before we start on a longer and more complex release.

If you’re using Audacity 2.4.2 on Linux, do use the right wxWidgets library. We’ve in the past had a lot of reports of problems on Linux that turned out in the end to be because some distributions were using system wxWidgets (3.0.0) with Audacity.

Bugs fixed

We’ve fixed 41 bugs since 2.4.1. The exact number of bugs fixed depends on how you count, but anyway, it’s a worthwhile number of fixes.

Configuration Reset

There is one new small feature. In the Tools menu there is now a ‘Reset Configuration’ menu item. When you click on it, it resets most of the configuration back to defaults.

Audacity 2.4.1 Released

We’re pleased to announce release of Audacity 2.4.1 which replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS and Linux.

The 2.4.0 Multi-project bug:

Audacity 2.4.1 fixes a serious bug in the briefly available Audacity 2.4.0.

With 2.4.0 we blundered. In 2.4.0 you’d get loss of and corruption of audio, when you had two projects open at the same time.

Thanks to Jack L from FreeBSD for alerting us to the problem so promptly, and giving us steps to reproduce it.

Catalina?

With 2.4.1 we have now caught up with Apple’s ‘notarization system’. Audacity on Mac is notarized and runs on Catalina.

Time Toolbar:

We have split the recording/playing time off from the selection toolbar and it can now be dragged to make it larger. This is particularly for people recording themselves playing a musical instrument, where they will typically be further from the screen when playing, and benefit from a larger numerical display.

Large ‘Time Toolbar’ (on the right)

The new toolbar can be ‘undocked’ from the foot of the screen, and made larger still, for more distant viewing.

Multi-views:

We have added a new optional mode for viewing audio. In this new mode you can see both the waveform and a spectrogram at the same time. Previously you would switch back and forth between them if you wanted both.

Multi-view mode with spectrogram above and waveform below

You can get into this multi-view mode by clicking on the down-pointing triangle beside the track name in the panel on the left of the wave. This will drop-down a menu with options, including multi-view mode.

These screenshots of Audacity showing the time toolbar and multi-view mode were made on the windows version of Audacity, using the dark theme. Dark theme can be selected from the preferences.

Other Changes:

For a more detailed account of changes, including a list of some of the many bugs fixed since 2.3.3, see: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/New_features_in_Audacity_2.4.1

Audacity 2.4.0 Release (withdrawn)

We temporarily re-instated the 2.3.3 release for downloads whilst we investigated a serious bug that affects 2.4.0 on Windows Mac and Linux. The bug causes loss/corruption of audio.

The bug happens when you have two projects open at the same time and paste audio from one project into the other. Thanks to Jack L from FreeBSD for alerting us to the problem and giving us steps to reproduce it.

With that information we were able to find the root cause, make a fix and release 2.4.1.

We’re pleased to announce release of Audacity 2.4.0 which replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS and Linux.

We’ve put a lot of time and work into it.

Catalina?

We have now caught up with Apple’s ‘notarization system’. Audacity on Mac is notarized and runs on Catalina.

Time Toolbar:

We have split the recording/playing time off from the selection toolbar and it can now be dragged to make it larger. This is particularly for people recording themselves playing a musical instrument, where they will typically be further from the screen when playing, and benefit from a larger numerical display.

Large ‘Time Toolbar’ (on the right)

The new toolbar can be ‘undocked’ from the foot of the screen, and made larger still, for more distant viewing.

Multi-views

We have added a new optional mode for viewing audio. In this new mode you can see both the waveform and a spectrogram at the same time. Previously you would switch back and forth between them if you wanted both.

Multi-view mode with spectrogram above and waveform below

You can get into this multi-view mode by clicking on the down-pointing triangle beside the track name in the panel on the left of the wave. This will drop-down a menu with options, including multi-view mode.

These screenshots of Audacity showing the time toolbar and multi-view mode were made on the windows version of Audacity, using the dark theme. Dark theme can be selected from the preferences.

Other Changes:

For a more detailed account of changes, including a list of some of the many bugs fixed since 2.3.3, see: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/New_features_in_Audacity_2.4.0

Audacity 2.3.3 Released

We’re pleased to announce release of Audacity 2.3.3 which replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Catalina?

Audacity still does not support macOS Catalina properly, but can be used with a workaround. This is because we have not caught up with Apple’s requirements for ‘notarization’ yet. We are working on this for the next release.

Details of the workaround here:
https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=107162

What we’ve done:

We’ve done a lot of bug fixing on Audacity for this release, and a lot of code restructuring. There are a few visible changes too.

Improvements:

  • Equalization effect now split into two effects, Filter Curve and Graphic EQ.
    • Presets (using manage button) now active/working.
    • Can now have two points at same frequency for steep steps.
  • ‘What you hear is what you get’ for exports. Formerly the solo button
    preferences could lead to differences in which tracks were exported.
  • Leading silence (blank space) not skipped over in exports.
  • Quality setting on AAC/M4A exports.
  • Some confusing functionality removed (better achieved in other ways)
    • Removed Nyquist Workbench (use built-in nyquist features)
    • Removed Vocal Remover (use Vocal Reduction)
    • Removed On-Demand aliased files (copy files instead)
    • Removed ‘Normalize on Load’ (Normalize as needed on export, instead)

See also: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/New_features_in_Audacity_2.3.3

Bug Fixes:

Over 150 bugs in 2.3.2 fixed, including:

  • 2112 – Crash when opening Equalization settings in a Macro
  • 2127 – Crash deleting a track while in Record/Pause state
  • 2176 – Crash when attempting to time shift multiple tracks
  • 2141 – Tabbing between labels stopped working
  • 2200 – Refusal to export some large (4GB) files on size grounds

See also: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Release_Notes_2.3.3

Audacity 2.3.2 Released

Audacity 2.3.2 replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS and Linux. 

Improvements:

  • Audacity now includes the LAME mp3 encoder. Previously, due to now expired patents, you had to download it separately.
  • There is a new ‘Select’ button in the track panel to select the whole track.
  • Audacity mod-script-pipe for driving Audacity from Python now comes with Audacity and can be enabled via preferences.
  • Options and preferences:
    • Type to Create a Label is now off by default.
    • A plug-in installer for Nyquist now provides a file browser for
      selecting ‘.NY’ files to install.

See also: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/New_features_in_Audacity_2.3.2

Bug Fixes:

Over 20 bugs in 2.3.1 fixed, including:

  • Audacity 2.3.1 would crash if append-recording to a collapsed track.
  • Many accessibility bugs on macOS fixed.

See also: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Release_Notes_2.3.2

Audacity 2.3.1 Released

March 8th, 2019: Audacity 2.3.1 Released


Audacity 2.3.1 replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS and Linux. We’ve restored support for Linux which was missing in 2.3.0. Also Audacity for macOS is now a more modern 64-bit build.


  • Over 20 bugs fixed, and a few small improvements/changes to features (since 2.3.0).

That annoying message from Apple saying: “32-bit support will be going the way of the dodo”, no longer shows when you install Audacity on Mac. The new 64-bit Audacity works with 64-bit libraries. To use FFmpeg or MP3 libraries with 64-bit Audacity, you will need to download the updated 64-bit versions.

On Windows, you may find that recording is disabled until you change Windows permissions for the microphone!  That’s a security feature introduced by Windows. This affects all versions of Audacity, and affects many other audio programs.

A similar ‘recording is disabled’ problem occurs with macOS Mojave. Details about these in the FAQs in the manual:


New:

  • Options and preferences:
    • Microfades are now an opt-in feature. They were always on in 2.3.0.
    • The advanced vertical zooming option is now available in the View->Zoom menu.
  • Regular interval labels now support range labels.

See: 2.3.1 New Features for longer descriptions and links on how to use the new features.

Bug Fixes:

Over 20 bugs that were in 2.3.0 fixed, including:

  • A crashing bug on Linux that made Audacity 2.3.0. unsuitable for Linux.
  • Crash on Mac when right clicking on label.
  • Problems with Change Pitch, including not remembering parameter values.

See also: 2.3.1 Release Notes

This all may not sound like much has happened since Audacity 2.3.0, but the team behind Audacity did put in a lot of work to make this happen. Thanks also to users who reported bugs in 2.3.0 and stayed in contact with us afterwards to help us find them.

Audacity 2.1.3 Released

March 17th, 2017: Audacity 2.1.3 Released

Audacity 2.1.3 replaces all previous versions.

Audacity 2.1.3 now properly supports Windows 10 (thanks to an upgrade of the PortAudio library) and on macOS has some previously missing support for Magic Mouse/Trackpad (thanks to Paul Licameli).

However, the goalposts we’re aiming for keep moving, and we only have partial support for Macs updated to Sierra. We found on some Mac Sierra machines that important extensions to the core of Audacity can become unavailable. Full details of Mac Sierra support here: http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Partial_Support_for_Mac_Sierra_in_2.1.3.

Audacity 2.1.3 is the last version of Audacity that will officially support Windows XP.

New in Audacity 2.1.3:

New features – see updated manual for details:

  • New Distortion effect, Rhythm Track (was called Click Track) and Sample Data Import (thanks to Steve Daulton). Also effects are no longer grayed-out when in pause.
  • New scrub ruler (Paul)
  • New ‘pinned’ option so the waveform moves and the recording/playing head stays still. (Paul)
  • New features in Timer Record (Mark Young & Steve)

Changed in Audacity 2.1.3:

  • On Mac, audacity.app is now added to /Applications/ directly rather than adding a folder there.
  • 64 bugs/annoyances in 2.1.2 fixed of which 15 were long standing issues. (Entire team involved; Tracking and testing by Gale)
  • Lots done (by Paul) to systematically deal with memory leaks.
  • Fuller details on the changes since 2.1.2 can be found in the 2.1.3 Release Notes.

Thanks to all involved in making this release, especially translators who don’t normally get enough thanks for the work they do.