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Audacity audio editor reached the 2.2.1 release a few days ago with performance improvements and various bug-fixes.

Audacity 2.2.1 adds ability to change the colorway of the waveforms displayed in your project. The setting is per track and not per project so you can have multiple colorways in the same project.

Other changes in Audacity 2.2.1:

  • File menu called “Save Other” is reverted “Export”
  • Fix crash applying certain chain files
  • Fix MIDI playback timing / synchronisation problems for Linux
  • Fix Quick Play loops fail to start at click position
  • Fix auto-scroll stopped working issue in 2.2.0
  • And various other bug-fixes.

How to Install Audacity 2.2.1 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, Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04

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.

audacity ppa

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

upgrade audacity

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


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

Kid3 audio tag editor got an update by releasing v3.5.1 earlier today with performance improvements and a few fixes.

Changes in Kid3 3.5.1 include:

  • Compatibility of imported and exported CSV files with cells containing new line characters.
  • Do not show unknown frames for ID3v2.3 TDAT, TIME, TYER, TRDA frames.
  • Enable high-DPI scaling for Qt >= 5.6.
  • Change AppStream directory from appdata to metainfo.
  • Fix crash with DSF files having sample rates other than 2822400 or 5644800.

Kid3 Audio Tagger

How to Install Kid3 3.5.1 in Ubuntu:

The software has an official PPA that so far offers most recent packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching ‘terminal’ from app launcher. Then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ufleisch/kid3

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

Kid3 PPA

2. Then upgrade Kid3 from an existing release via Software Updater:

upgrade kid3 via software updater

or run following commands to install or upgrade the audio editor:

sudo apt update 

sudo apt install kid3


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

To remove Kid3 tag editor, either use system package manger or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove kid3 kid3-*


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, 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.

audacity ppa

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


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


OcenAudio is a fast and functional audio editor based on Ocen Framework. With ocenaudio, there is no limit to the length or the quantity of the audio files you can edit. Ocenaudio always remains responsive, no matter how many files are open.

OcenAudio Features:

  • Cross-platform, works on Linux, Window, and Mac OS X.
  • ocenaudio has a real time preview feature: you hear the processed signal while adjusting the controls.
  • Multi-selection, which allows to simultaneously select different portions of an audio file and listen, edit or even apply an effect to them.
  • Using an advanced memory management system, the application keeps your files open without wasting any of your computer’s memory. Even in files several hours long, common editing operations such as copy, cut or paste happen almost instantly.
  • ocenaudio has a powerful and complete spectrogram view. In this view, you can analyze the spectral content of your audio signal with maximum clarity.

ocenaudio in ubuntu

Download & Install OcenAudio

For Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Linux Mint, Debian and their derivatives, we can download and install the DEB from the links below:

32 bit DEB for Ubuntu/Debian and derivatives

64 bit DEB for Ubuntu/Debian and derivatives

For Unity, you may need a restart to get the launcher icon from Unity Dash.

For Other Linux, Windws and Mac OS, get ocenaudio from official download page.