The Audacity audio editor 3.0.0 was release as a new major update a day ago.
Audacity 3.0.0 features .aup3 project format. The audio project was previously saved as large number of small data files, with an ‘.aup’ file to coordinate the lot. Now it saves project as the new all-in-one-file aup3 file format.
It is incompatible with the GPL license. USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Working with the new .aup3 projects editing audio should be a little faster than before, however, finishing and closing a project at the end can be quite a lot slower.
You can open your older .aup projects in the new version, where they will be converted to the new .aup3 format.
Other changes in the Audacity 3.0.0 include:
- Improved ‘Noise Gate’ effect
- Add new analyzer ‘Label Sounds’ to label sounds and silences.
- Import and export macros
- New commands for using the last used tool or analyzer
- Over 160 bug-fixes since version 2.4.2.
Download Audacity 3.0.0 for Linux:
No binary package for Ubuntu at the moment of writing, only the source tarball is available to download at the link:
And you can follow this guide to build it on Linux.
I have found Audacity indispensable since we have moved from buying CD’s to buying downloaded songs online. Audacity allows you to change formats, edit long lead in’s and lead out’s, fade out songs if you wish, and to normalize different sound levels for mixed CDs. tapes and USB drives. It is a very useful program even if you are not recording your own music.