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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.

Audacity 2.1.2 Released

Jan 20th, 2016: Audacity 2.1.2 Released

Audacity 2.1.2 replaces all previous versions.

We’ve made several improvements to the spectrogram view of tracks which are particularly valuable for vocal work. Thanks to Paul Licameli.

  • New option ‘Spectral Reassignment’. This algorithm deduces a ‘finer’ spectrogram for vocal work.
  • Improvements to Pitch (EAC) – cleaner (sharper) display.
  • Spectrogram Settings are now available per-track.

We put a lot of work into upgrading the key wxWidgets library we use from version 2.8.12 to version 3.0.2. This fixes many bugs in Audacity on Linux. Thanks particularly to Martin Steghöfer, Leland Lucius, David Avery.

Because there was so much work involved in moving to wx3 we were unable to make many of the other changes we wanted to make for 2.1.2.  Fuller details on the changes since 2.1.1 can be found in the 2.1.2 Release Notes.

Audacity 2.1.1 Released

July 15, 2015: Audacity 2.1.1 Released

Audacity 2.1.1 replaces all previous versions.

  • The most visible new feature is scrubbing and seeking, including backwards play. Updates to Quick-Play also help with finding a precise position in the audio.
  • You can now install plug-ins without restarting Audacity or add and remove any effect or generator from the menus.
  • Over 50 bugs have been addressed with this release. Edits are now processed much faster in longer projects of a few hours duration.
  • Effects now have presets. A new Limiter replaces the Hard Limiter effect. There’s a new version of Vocal Removal, a cross-fade effect for combining clips on the same track and ‘classic filters’ available as an opt-in effect.

There’s also been lots of work behind the scenes, including VI usability enhancements and upgrade to new libraries. Fuller details on the changes since 2.1.0 can be found in the 2.1.1 Release Notes.

Audacity 2.1.0 Released

March 29, 2015: Audacity 2.1.0 Released

Audacity 2.1.0 replaces all previous versions.

  • For a long time, we have wanted Real-Time Preview for effects. It seemed nearly unachievable without major restructuring. But with Audacity 2.1.0, we have it in LADSPA, VST, and Audio Unit (OS X) effects! Thanks to Leland Lucius for these great new capabilities!
  • Much improved Noise Reduction effect replaces Noise Removal. Thanks to new contributor Paul Licameli!
  • Lots of other improvements to effects, also thanks to Leland, including:
    • VST: FXB preset banks, hosting multiple plug-ins
    • All effects can now be used in Chains, and can be sorted on name, publisher, or class.
    • Most Nyquist effects now have Preview button.
  • Redesigned Meter Toolbars show a lot more information in smaller area. Thanks, Leland Lucius and James Crook!
  • Spectral Selection in Spectrogram view. Thanks to Paul Licameli!

Audacity 2.1.0 also has lots of other improvements and bug fixes. Many thanks to all the QA folks for helping hone these, especially Gale Andrews, Steve Daulton, Peter Sampson, and Bill Wharrie. See the 2.1.0 Release Notes for details.

Audacity 2.0.6 Released

September 29, 2014: Audacity 2.0.6 Released

Audacity 2.0.6 replaces all previous versions.

Improvements:

  • better user interface for Keyboard Preferences
  • streamlining of several Menus
  • LV2 now supported on all platforms, and improved VST settings interface
  • translations updated, including adding Tamil language
  • other improvements, including to import/export and ease of installation on Mac OS X

Bug Fixes:

See 2.0.6 Release Notes for all the details.

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.