- New Mixer toolbar allows you to control the output
volume, input volume, and input source directly
- Every track now has its own gain and pan controls.
- Uses improved project file format.
- Block files (stored in Audacity project directories) now
use the standard AU format. Though some Audacity
meta-information is in these files, they can now be
read by many other popular audio programs as well.
- Import RAW has a simpler GUI
but support for far more file formats. The
autodetection algorithms are much more accurate than
- Using high quality resampling algorithms, with the
option of better quality for mixing than for real-time
- Preliminary support for Time Tracks, for changing
playback speed over time.
- Vertical zooming of tracks.
- Improved look and placement of toolbars.
- New custom mouse cursors.
- Complete implementation of editable keyboard shortcuts.
- Find zero-crossings.
- Mouse wheel can be used to zoom in and out.
- Multi-Tool mode.
- Amplify and fade using envelope.
- Labels can store selections (like Audacity 1.0.0).
- Open multiple files from the same dialog.
- Repeat Last Effect command.
- Support for LADSPA plug-ins on all platforms.
- VST support now comes through an optional LADSPA plug-in
called the VST Enabler.
- Most effects now have a Preview button.
- Compressor (Dynamic Range Compressor).
- Change Pitch (without changing tempo).
- Change Tempo (without changing pitch).
- Change Speed (changing both pitch and tempo).
- Repeat (useful for creating loops).
- Normalize (adjust volume and DC bias).
- 1-second preview command (just hit the '1' key on your
- Looped play (Shift-click on the Play button).
- Tooltips appear in Statusbar.
- Vertical cursor follows play/record.
- Pause button.
- Drawing tool (with three different modes).
- Vertical Resizing of stereo tracks is more fun.
- Adjust selection by click-dragging selection boundary.
- Toolbar button context-sensitive enabling/disabling.
- Better zooming functionality (centers region).
- Multiple ways to display the cursor position and selection.
- Snap-to selection mode.
- Drag tracks up and down.
- Align and group align functions.
- Cursor save/restore.
- Working history window.
- Effects broken down into three menus: Generate, Effect, and
- Generate menu lets you generate silence, noise, or a tone.
- Nyquist support (supports plug-ins written in Nyquist,
an interpreted functional language based on Lisp).
- Improved localization support.
- More languages available.
- Language selection dialog on first startup.
Mac OS X
- Support for more audio hardware
- Support for full-duplex (play while recording).
- Support for MP3 exporting using LameLib Carbon.
- Hardware and Software playthrough support.
- Audacity now has a man page (it describes command-line
options and how to set the search path).
- Uses libsndfile, which fixes some bugs and
improves performance. Allows a wide range of uncompressed
audio formats to be imported and exported
Searching for Files:
- On Windows and Mac OS, Audacity now looks for
translations in the "Languages" folder and all plug-ins
in the "Plug-ins" folder, relative to the program.
- On Unix, Audacity looks for translations in
<prefix>/share/locale and looks for everything else
in <prefix>/share/audacity and also in any paths in
the AUDACITY_PATH environment variable.