Audacity: New version (2.0) now available

For the uninitiated; Audacity is arguably the most powerful, feature rich audio editing/recorder software on the planet. Audacity is free (open source) and cross platform – supporting Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Audacity is the complete audio editor, including features such as; record live audio, convert tapes/records to digital, cut and splice, adjust volume up and down, merge tracks, add effects, adjust pitch and tone, remove hiss or hum, and much more.

A full range of features can be viewed HERE.

For all audiophiles, who would undoubtedly already have Audacity installed somewhere, a new version is now available for download – major changes in version 2.0 include:

  • Many effects significantly improved, especially Equalization, Noise Removal and Normalize. Vocal Remover now included plus GVerb on Windows and Mac. VAMP analysis plug-ins now supported.
  • Improved label tracks with Sync-Lock Tracks feature in the Tracks Menu. Multiple clips per track. Tracks and selections can be fully manipulated using the keyboard. Many more keyboard shortcuts.
  • New Device Toolbar to manage inputs and outputs. Timer Record feature. New Mixer Board view with per-track VU meters.
  • Automatic Crash Recovery in the event of abnormal program termination.
  • Fast “On-Demand” import of WAV/AIFF files if read directly from source. FLAC now fully supported. Added support for optional FFmpeg library for import/export of AC3/M4A/WMA and import of audio from video files.

Full release notes available HERE.

Audacity HOME PAGE  –  download: 19.8MB exe

Posted in:
About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.