After several years of development and “mature” Betas, Audacity 1.3 has been upgraded to Audacity 2.0 for the long awaited stable release. The open source audio editing power house has been significantly upgraded since Audacity 1.2, with a brand new interface that takes advantage of these new features as well as generally bringing more exposure to older features.
According the release notes, highlights of the expansive list of new features include:
“Many effects significantly improved, especially Equalization, Noise Removal and Normalize. Vocal Remover now included plus GVerb on Windows and Mac. VAMP analysis plug-ins now supported.
Improved label tracks with Sync-Lock Tracks feature in the Tracks Menu. Multiple clips per track. Tracks and selections can be fully manipulated using the keyboard. Many more keyboard shortcuts.
New Device Toolbar to manage inputs and outputs. Timer Record feature. New Mixer Board view with per-track VU meters. Automatic Crash Recovery in the event of abnormal program termination.
Fast “On-Demand” import of WAV/AIFF files if read directly from source. FLAC now fully supported. Added support for optional FFmpeg library for import/export of AC3/M4A/WMA and import of audio from video files.”
Other new features we’ve seen include support to encode to many more audio formats, support for VBR and ABR for MP3s, the ability to move clips between tracks with different sample rates, and many more little tweaks and fixes that generally improve the experience.
You can read our review of 1.3.14 Beta in Linux User & Developer 111 on sale today to get an idea of the improvements in this new version of Audacity