Major Audacity update makes it a much better audio production tool

It adds non-destructive editing, real-time effects, VST3 support and more.

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Steve Dent
September 26, 2022 9:00 AM
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Major Audacity update makes it a much better audio production tool
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Audacity is best known as a free app to do quick audio edits and record audio, but the latest update makes it more viable as a full on production tool, parent Muse Group has announced. Version 3.2 now supports non-destructive editing, real-time effects and enhanced VST3 support, along with user interface improvements and faster audio sharing via a new service, audio.com.

The most welcome addition is non-destructive audio capabilities that allow creators to adjust effects without the changes being permanently baked into the audio file. It also supports real-time playback of effects and crossfades as you adjust them, allowing for more accurate edits while listening to audio. That compares to previous versions, which required that you render the effect before you could hear it.

The company has completely rewritten the code base for VST plugins to improve stability and reliability, while adding improved support for VST3. It also addressed concerns about what we've called its "ugly and a bit archaic" user interface. And it now offers a "clearer and more consistent set of visuals" in the top bar for editing, with a new "Audio Setup" option that makes it easier to change input, mic and output settings. 

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Finally, the new audio.com site lets you easily share audio files by sending a link rather than the entire file. You can share files either publicly or privately, or use your account for cloud storage. (Muse Group recently updated its privacy policy, promising it wouldn't sell any of the "very limited" data it collects from users.) The new version of the app is now available as a free download

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