This version adds realtime effects and VST3.
Added a new Effects button to the tracks menu, allowing you to place realtime effects.
Further information can be found can be found on https://support.audacityteam.org/audio-editing/using-realtime-effects
The ability to upload and share your audio using our new sister service, Audio.com
More info can be found on https://support.audacityteam.org/basics/sharing-audio-online
Merged the mixer bar with the meter bars.
Added a new Audio Setup button, replacing the Device Toolbar by default. The device toolbar can be re-added via the View > Toolbars menu.
The Effects menu has gotten a new sorting. Other sorting and grouping options can be found in the Effects preferences.
Updated the icons.
You can find plugins on https://plugins.audacityteam.org
- VST3 effects are now supported.
- The following plugin formats are now realtime capable: VST3, LV2, LADSPA, Audio Units.
- Plugins now automatically get scanned, tested and enabled when Audacity starts.
- Apple Silicon (arm64) is now supported on macOS
Note: When using an arm64 Audacity, you must use arm64 versions of FFMPEG and plugins. Plugins for x86-64 (Intel macs) will not load.
For the time being, Audacity will continue to download x86-64 versions by default to avoid these incompatibilities,
but you can download an arm64 version from Github releases: https://github.com/audacity/audacity/releases
- FFMPEG 5.0 (avformat 59) is now supported, in addition to avformat 55, 57 and 58
- Added support for Wavpack
- On Linux, Audacity can now be compiled without JACK present.
- Audacity now uses XDG directories on Linux.
Note: If you are upgrading from a previous version, Audacity will keep using the ~/.audacity-data and ~/.audacity folders until you delete them.
- Switched from mad to mpg123 as MP3 importer
Audacity binaries are now licensed under the GNU General Public License, Version 3.
Most code files remain GPLv2-or-later, but VST3 support required this license update.
More information can be found in the announcement post: #2142
- Removed the Zoom Tool. You can use the zoom buttons or Ctrl+Scroll (macOS: Cmd+Scroll) to zoom instead.
- The Audacity Manual HTML pages are no longer included in the installation.
If you require offline access of the manual, you can download it here: https://github.com/audacity/audacity-manual/releases
You also can download PDFs of https://support.audacityteam.org straight from its sidebar (or the three-dot button on mobile devices).
- #3079 Fixed Audacity sometimes not being able to import MP3 files (or reporting Huffman Data Overruns)
- #2590 Fixed rare data loss bug when placing labels during recording
- #2272 Fixed clip titles being able to disappear off-screen when editing them
- #2162 Fixed Punch and Roll not paying tracks in sync
- #1889 Fixed clip titles changing name when applying some effects
- #1624 During batch processing, Audacity will no longer stop to ask for a sample rate when an unsupported one is chosen, but choose the nearest supported one instead.
- #2265 Fixed mod-script-pipe not being installed on Linux
- #3571 Fixed GTK packaging in Appimages. This fixes various issues with icons, dropdowns and similar things not appearing properly.
- #3634 Improved M4A/AAC support. Previously the target bitrate was not honored at all,
now it can be set between 98 and 160 kbit/s (mono) or 196 and 320 kbit/s (stereo). The UI does not yet reflect these limits.