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Audacity, free and open-source audio editing and recording software, reached the new major 2.2.0 release a few days ago with great new features and tons of bug-fixes.

Audacity 2.2.0 release highlights:

  • Four supplied user interface themes, and customizability of themes for advanced users.
  • Playback of MIDI files (requires cooperating software synthesizer programs on macOs or Linux)
  • Better organized menus
  • Help link buttons in many dialogs lead to the relevant manual pages
  • 198 bugs/annoyances in 2.1.3 fixed, most importantly
  • Improved recovery from full file system errors
  • Thorough update of the manual with new images, more hover texts, and more cross-references.
  • Complete support for macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and 10.13 (High Sierra)

How to Install Audacity 2.2.0 in Ubuntu:

The Audacity team does not offer pre-compiled Linux binaries. Besides building from source, a third-party PPA is available with Audacity 2.2.0 for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and Ubuntu 17.10.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter to add the PPA.

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2. If you have a previous version installed, you can upgrade Audacity via Software Updater after adding the PPA.

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or run following commands one by one to check updates and install (or upgrade) audacity 2.2:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install audacity

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab.

To remove Audacity audio software, either use system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove audacity audacity-data

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After more than one year of development, the Audacity audio editor has reached the 2.1.3 release. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and their derivatives.

Thanks to an upgrade of the PortAudio library, Audacity 2.1.3 now properly supports Windows 10. It also features:

  • Added support for Magic Mouse/Trackpad on mac OS.
  • New Distortion effect, Rhythm Track (was called Click Track) and Sample Data Import. Also effects are no longer grayed-out when in pause.
  • New scrub ruler and ‘pinned’ option so the waveform moves and the recording/playing head stays still.
  • New features in Timer Record.
  • On Mac, audacity.app is now added to /Applications/ directly rather than adding a folder there.
  • Over 60 bugs fixed, including five longstanding bugs.

Audacity 2.1.3

How to Install Audacity 2.1.3 in Ubuntu via PPA:

The Audacity Team does not offer official builds of DEB packages. Besides building from source, you can install Audacity 2.1.3 from my PPA (unofficial). Ubuntu 14.04 is excluded due to requirement of GCC >= 4.9.

1. Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” from Unity Dash. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.

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2. After that, upgrade Audacity via the Software Updater (Update Manager) utility:

upgrade audacity

Or you can run the commands below one by one to install or upgrade the audio editor:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install audacity

Uninstall:

For any reason, you can easily remove the PPA and downgrade Audacity to the stock version in Ubuntu via the ppa-purge tool:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

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Audacity, a free and open-source digital audio editor, has recently reached the 2.1.2 release with wxWidgets 3.x stability, which fixes many bugs in Audacity on Linux.

Audacity 2.1.2 brings 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.
  • Improvements to Pitch (EAC) – cleaner (sharper) display.
  • Spectrogram Settings are now available per-track.

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How to Install Audacity 2.1.2 in Ubuntu:

For those who don’t want to build Audacity from the source, I’ve uploaded this release into PPA, available for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and their derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 17.x and Elementary OS Freya.

1. Add PPA

Open terminal from Unity Dash, Application Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Type in your password (no visual feedback just type in mind) when it asks and hit enter to continue.

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2. Install/upgrade Audacity.

Have a previous release installed? Launch Software Updater and upgrade the software after checking for updates:

upgrade Audacity 2.1.2

3. (Optional)For any reason you may remove PPA by launching Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab, and remove Audacity via Software Center or Synaptic.

For more help, please go to Audaticy Forum.

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The 2.1.1 release of Audacity audio editor and recorder was released more than a week ago with some new features and fixes. Now it’s ready in PPA for Ubuntu users (unofficial).

Release highlights of Audacity 2.1.1:

  • 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.

For more, see the wiki page.

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How to Install Audacity 2.1.1 in Ubuntu:

The 2.1.1 release is available in PPA for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 and their derivatives. Due to the old libsuil-0-0 library, Ubuntu 12.04 is excluded but the 2.1.0 release is available.

1. To add the PPA repository, open terminal from the Dash, Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

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2. After adding the PPA, you can install/upgrade the editor either via below commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install audacity

or by using Software Updater if you’ve a previous release installed:

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Hope this helps those who are not good at compiling from source tarball.

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A new stable release of the free and open-source Audio Editor and Recorder, Audacity 2.1.0, was announced a few days ago.

The new release brings Real-Time Preview feature and lots of improvements and bug fixes. Here’s the release highlights:

  • 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 plugins
    • 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!

For more details, see the release note.

Audacity 2.1.0 in Ubuntu

Install / Upgrade to Audacity 2.1.0 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Since Audacity Team only provides an daily build PPA with latest development packages and Ubuntu repositories still provide old versions in Software Center, I’ve uploaded Audacity 2.1.0 into this PPA.

So far, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Linux Mint 13 and 17 are supported.

Update: PPA updated with the 2.1.1 packages for 15.10, 15.04, and 14.04! Ubuntu 12.04 is excluded due to the old libsuil library.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal from the Dash, Menu, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

2. After adding the PPA, you can upgrade the editor using Software Updater (or Updater Manager).

Or just run below commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install audacity

For issue and help, please use Audacity Forum.