Audacity 1.x

Historic changelogs

These are the changelogs down to the very beginning.

Changes in version 1.3.14 Beta:

  • Normalize: Faster processing and improved interface. Left-right balance in unsplit stereo tracks is now preserved by default, with a checkbox option provided to process stereo channels independently.

  • Spectrograms now allow window sizes up to 32768 and frequencies up to half the sample rate (the maximum possible).

  • Mix and Render now preserves clip length by not rendering white space between time zero and first audio, and preserves audio before time zero. To retain silence before the audio starts, generate silence after render.

  • Grouped some Edit Menu items into "Remove Audio" and "Clip Boundaries".

  • CleanSpeech Mode removed from Interface Preferences (it still runs if it was enabled in a previous Audacity but can only be turned off there).

  • (OS X) Added support for AudioUnit MusicEffects (but no MIDI support).

  • (Linux) Set the per-user files directory per the program name set in configure.

  • (Linux) Changed the default location of the Audacity temporary directory to be in /var/tmp not /tmp, so preserving the directory between reboots.

Bug fixes:

  • Interface:

    • Excessive delay occurred when typing into labels in long projects.

    • Last digit of TimeText controls could not be manipulated in some formats.

    • (Windows, OS X) Play and Record shortcuts did not work after clicking in Device Toolbar.

    • (OS X, Linux) Crash occurred if Toolbars were reset during playback or recording.

  • Imports and Exports:

    • MP2 files were not importable without FFmpeg library or an import rule.

    • Files that could only be imported using FFmpeg imported as noise with no error message if FFmpeg was not available.

    • Files containing PCM audio but an incorrect extension (such as MP3) caused a freeze.

  • Effects and Analysis:

    • An empty command could be added to a Chain which then displayed a Nyquist error message when run.

    • Plot Spectrum didn't preserve signal level if multiple tracks were analyzed.

  • Other bug fixes:

    • Audacity has been provisionally fixed so that it can no longer create block files longer than the sample format or project format allows, and can no longer delete these, which led to data loss. Any overlong blocks found are preserved but "orphaned", so will appear as silence.

    • Orphan block files were wrongly reported if cutting or copying to the clipboard then reopening the project in the same session.

    • Fixed some crashes and incorrect movement of audio when dragging tracks.

    • (Windows) Data loss is now prevented when encountering a corrupted .aup file created in ANSI builds.

    • (Linux) Restore building if USE_PORTMIXER is not defined.

Changes in version 1.3.13 Beta:

  • Control Toolbar renamed to Transport Toolbar.

  • Device Toolbar (on by default) now contains all input and output device choices, including host and recording channels. Input/output choices are no longer in Mixer Toolbar on Windows XP or some older operating systems. New Transport > Rescan Audio Devices menu item to refresh the device list.

  • New "Sync-Lock Tracks" feature (turned on in the Tracks menu) to allow groups of audio and/or label tracks to retain synchronisation when the track length changes.

  • Equalization: New "Manage Curves" dialog for importing and exporting curves.

  • Noise Removal: New "Sensitivity" slider to adjust the noise threshold, and new option to isolate noise.

  • New "Extended Import" Preferences for specifying different importers to open specific file extensions.

  • Improved Automatic Crash Recovery with all project changes autosaved.

  • MIDI tracks can be vertically zoomed, time shifted and display bar lines. Note: the channel selection buttons are not available in 1.3.13.

  • (Windows and Linux) The window Close button and other system close or shutdown commands now quit on closing the last window. File > Close now always clears to a new, empty project.

  • (OS X) Simpler installer with top-level "Audacity" folder.

Bug fixes:

  • Interface:

    • Cutting or copying from a track at a given sample rate into a track at another rate resulted in speed-changed audio.

    • Generating inside a clip could modify the clip length or create spurious clips.

    • Recorded stereo tracks were only half the height of imported or generated stereo tracks. Imported stereo files had a "1" appended to the track name.

    • Edit > Region Save did not save the cursor position.

    • (Windows) Projects crashed when clicking rapidly inside the interface or when applying repeated effects towards the end of audio tracks.

    • (Windows) Some Unicode characters could not be typed into labels, or caused a freeze using some input methods.

    • (OS X) Crash when quitting an empty project window, or when closing the main project window while a progress dialog was on screen.

    • Numerous other interface fixes including Dependencies dialog, Keyboard Preferences and spurious lines drawn on waveform.

  • Imports and Exports:

    • Support added for later versions of the optional FFmpeg library up to current FFmpeg HEAD. This should significantly improve FFmpeg support on Linux. FFmpeg downloads for Windows and Mac updated to v0.6. This fixes mono AAC files importing as stereo, though current 0.5 versions of FFmpeg will still work.

    • Both FFmpeg and LAME should now be properly detected even when other versions of those libraries exist on the system.

    • New warning (on by default) for importing uncompressed audio files. Better error messages when read-directly uncompressed files are missing.

    • Imported ID3v2 metadata tags were removed when exporting without the Metadata Editor appearing (for example, when using an export command in Chains). Note: As a result of this fix, ID3v1 tags must now be written by exporting using (external program) and an installed LAME.

    • U-Law/A-Law files with WAV headers now use the standard 18 byte fmt chunk, so should now be recognised by most telephony applications.

    • Variable bit rate MP3s exported using "MP3 Files" were larger than necessary because using the bit reservoir was disabled.

    • (OS X) Files imported from iTunes could create invalid characters in the .aup project file, causing an error when re-opening the project. Note: An error "reference to invalid character number" will still occur if re-opening a project created in previous Betas that contains such characters. To fix the issue, open a back-up copy of the .aup file in a text editor, turn off word wrap, then in the line indicated in the error message, remove the string of characters that starts with &# and ends with a semi-colon (;).

  • Other bug fixes:

    • Nyquist effects: fixes for crashes, incorrect slider behaviour and better support for backslashes, double quotes and Unicode characters.

    • (Windows and OS X) Processing of VST effects was substantially slower than in previous versions of Audacity.

    • (OS X 10.5 PPC) A first-time installation of Audacity Beta would hang on launch if VST effects were detected.

    • (Linux) Recordings made with the pulse device crashed or stalled when using overdub and/or software playthrough.

    • (Linux) Play-at-Speed crashed at 0.08 speed or lower if Audacity was configured with libsamplerate.

Changes in version 1.3.12 Beta:

  • A hover tooltip is now provided if the Mixer Toolbar input selector cannot control the system slider for the selected input.

  • More intuitive behavior when moving and resizing labels by dragging

  • Support added for importing lists of files (LOF) containing relative paths

  • Export Multiple: new option to use a numerical prefix before existing label or track names; "Success" dialog now resizable

  • New Equalization preset "Inverse RIAA", with new button to invert other curves

  • Timer Record now remembers last scheduled duration

  • Meter Toolbar can now be made much narrower, and so more suitable for vertical orientation

  • New Preferences choice for "System" language which is used on first run instead of asking user to choose language

  • Warning now provided if WAV/AIFF exports are not successfully completed

  • (Linux) Improved icon set in compliance with Icon Theme Specification 0.6

Bug fixes:

  • Imports and Exports:

    • AAC files could not be exported at 48000 Hz

    • When importing multiple native file formats using FFmpeg, all files after the first reverted to using the native importer

    • FFmpeg custom export window too large on 800 x 600 resolution monitors

    • Projects froze if files imported via On-Demand were no longer available

    • (Linux) WAV/AIFF exports were corrupted if overwriting an aliased file which had been imported using the command line

  • Labels:

    • Cutting or deleting a region in the waveform and label track did not move the labels in advance of the cut

    • Incorrect behavior snapping to labels and boundaries when Snep To was enabled

    • Labels can now be reversed if included with the audio selection

  • Other bug fixes:

    • When using non-English languages, Generate effects truncated the selected region

    • Mice with high-precision scroll-wheels could cause a crash

    • Changing recording preferences using the Transport menu did not update the menu in other open projects

    • (Windows 7) Clicking in a file open or save dialog caused files or folders to disappear from the list, and file filtering was broken

Changes in version 1.3.11 Beta:

  • (Windows) Better icon file with higher resolution and transparency

  • New SoundFinder plug-in to label regions of audio between silences, so allowing silences between tracks to be excluded when exporting multiple

Bug fixes:

  • Imports and Exports:

    • Bug when exporting partial selections caused too much audio to be exported is fixed.

    • Fix corrupt files exported through FFmpeg when metadata included, (metadata is now exported correctly in M4A files)

    • Prevent saving a new Audacity Project over an existing one as this could corrupt both projects.

    • Improved help for files that cannot be imported because the relevant optional library is missing.

  • Effects:

    • Allow effects which change the length of the audio they work on to also be applied to selected label tracks, thus keeping them synchronized.

    • Fixed inability in Nyquist plug-ins to add labels to an existing label track

    • (Mac) Equalization window was corrupted after Preview

    • (Linux 64-bit) Fixed crash Generating Click Track

  • Audio Devices:

    • Fixed bug causing recording to stop short when the recording sample rate is not supported by the sound device and libsamplerate is used for resampling.

    • Fix crash when opening Preferences on a machine where there are no available audio devices.

    • Fixes for bugs using Timer Record and Sound Activated Recording

  • User Interface:

    • Sizes of some dialogs adjusted to ensure they fit on the screen.

    • Fix for supposedly "hidden" items appearing on screen with large monitors.

    • Various keyboard shortcut and translation fixes.

  • Other bug fixes:

    • Several timing-dependent crashes and minor incorrect behaviors have been fixed

    • Windows installer now installs correctly over previous versions of Audacity

Changes in version 1.3.10 Beta:

  • Linked audio and label tracks disabled until a future Beta version so they can be bug fixed

  • Input volume slider will be disabled if it doesn't have proper control of system slider; use the system slider instead

  • Proper support for copying/pasting label-with-audio including label text; new Edit > Paste Text to New Label menu item to paste system clipboard

  • Contrast Tool now modeless, more intuitive handling of multiple project windows, various other minor improvements

Bug fixes:

  • Imports and Exports:

    • Freeze importing audio files when Default View Mode set to Pitch (EAC)

    • Simultaneous On-Demand imports sorted incorrectly

    • WAV or AIFF files imported as noise if Preferences set to copy in the data at 24-bit quality

    • WMA exports corrupted if they contained metadata

    • Metadata Editor appeared before the Export window when exporting to any format

  • Effects:

    • Crash or hang using Equalization on longer tracks

    • Reverse did not reverse clip boundaries

    • Nyquist:

      • Excessive memory consumption led to slow processing or crashes

      • Values appearing in Nyquist effects text boxes were not always the default or previously entered values

      • Errors running Nyquist effects in European locales where comma used as decimal separator

    • VST effects remained in Effect menu even when re-scanned and no longer available

    • Truncate Silence produced incorrect results if silences spanned a block boundary

  • Other bug fixes:

    • Spurious "not writable/disk full" errors when saving projects

    • Playing, rendering or exporting multiple tracks led to desynchronised playback or loss of audio data

    • Crash opening Preferences when no recording and/or playback devices enabled or connected

    • Preferences window: OK button did not respond to ENTER when a tab selected in left-hand panel

    • Mixer Board solo button handling

    • (Windows) After a period launching correctly, Audacity sometimes did not come up on top at launch

    • (Mac OS X) Correctly installed Help folder could not be found

    • (Mac OS X and Linux) Output slider could affect VU playback meter which then did not reflect actual waveform volume level

    • (Linux) Undoing or redoing a label edit could cause a crash

Changes in version 1.3.9 Beta:

       * Compressor: new option to compress based on peaks, improved
          attack and decay time support
       * Mixer Board: improved design, more responsive meters and
          now interacts fully with Track Panel in main window

Bug fixes:

* Crash, slow launch or excessive CPU/memory use arising from automatic VST support:

* VST instrument plug-ins should now be correctly ignored

* VST effects now scanned only at start of first session that detects them, then cached; effects are now not loaded or opened until needed

* New "Effects" tab in Preferences to enable/disable VST effects and enable VST rescan on next launch * Default View Mode now works

* Chains now always apply their stored parameters rather than those last used in Effect menu * Non-MP3 files imported via drag or Recent Files caused crash if filter in file open window set to MP3

* AAC exports (using the optional FFmpeg library) were silenced

* Generating audio always fitted the project in the window; fit now done only if generating in new track

* View menu items/shortcuts incorrectly disabled when playing or recording

* DTMF generator defaulted to zero duration on open

* Unwanted interactions between linked audio and label tracks

* Noise Removal shifted clips if the selection region included white space

* (Windows XP) Failure to launch on some machines due to "incorrect configuration" issue

* (Windows) Crash importing a stereo file while a screen reader such as JAWS is running

* (Mac OS X):

* Audio Units effects applied to all tracks in project even if not selected

* QuickTime importer now handles files greater than 16-bit or 64000 Hz

* Various other interface bugs

Changes in version 1.3.8 Beta:

New Features:

* Effects and Analysis:

* VST Effects now display GUI by default

* Faster Equalization and Noise Removal; improved Truncate Silence and Click Track

* Chains applied to files now clear temporary data after processing each file

* Updated Nyquist implementation with support for SAL syntax and improved memory management

* Plot Spectrum now analyzes up to 237.8 seconds of audio, with separate windows for each project and improved display; new preferences for Spectrograms

* Contrast Analysis tool now modeless for easier use

* Interface:

* Draft Manual/Quick Help included in Windows and Mac installers

* New "Mixer Board" view with per-track VU meters

* Mute, solo, gain, pan and track height saved in projects

* More compact Preferences window with easier-to-use Keyboard tab and new toolbars shortcuts

* New Screenshot Tools and improved screen reader support

* Other:

* Record more than 16 channels (hardware/drivers permitting)

* Improved support for non-mmap ALSA devices such as PulseAudio

* 32-bit float data over 0 dB now handled without clipping

* "Stop" option when importing preserves already imported data

* AMR NB import/export now supported if the optional FFmpeg library is installed

* Faster waveform drawing and better response in multi-track projects

Bug fixes:

* Export Multiple: failed with no export or warning if empty label encountered; silenced project and exported files if overwriting imported WAV files without copying the data in

* Metadata Editor hidden if it was on a now unavailable second monitor

* Misaligned audio after "Split New" or Noise Removal effect

* Incorrect label movement and paste with linked audio and label tracks

* Equalization, Cut Preview and Advanced Mixing Options dialog

* (Linux) Mixer Toolbar should now adjust levels and select input sources properly

* "Audio cache" preference caused crashes - data is now only cached in memory if available RAM is above a level defined in preferences

* Various other crashes

Changes in version 1.3.7 Beta:

New Features:

  • F11 Full Screen mode

  • High-quality "Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift" effect

  • Audio Contrast Analyzer for testing audio on the internet for WCAG2 accessibility compliance.

  • Windows: sound devices can now be opened using the more efficient DirectSound API

Other changes:

* Latency correction should be improved for many users by employing a fixed rather than variable correction

* Grouping of Effects into categories turned off until a way is added for users to do so themselves

* Numerous minor interface improvements such as Metadata Editor navigation, new "hh:mm:ss + hundredths" selection format

* Note: Windows users wanting to export MP3 files will require the latest version of the LAME encoder from

Cross-platform Bug Fixes:

* Muting/soloing caused incorrect channel results in exported stereo files

* Noise Removal and all Nyquist effects pasted the original unmodified audio at the end of the modified region

* Noise Removal inserted a tail of low level noise at the end of the modified region

* Nyquist and Compressor plug-ins did not display moving bars in progress dialog and over-estimated "Remaining Time"

* Cancelling Nyquist effects deleted unprocessed audio

* Change Speed and Change Tempo failed to modify the original selection length

* Cut lines invisible * Fixed various bugs importing multi-stream files via FFmpeg

* File > Export as WAV could be corrupted if overwriting an imported WAV read direct from the file

* Export multiple "Other uncompressed files" choice always produced 16-bit PCM audio irrespective of chosen options.

* MP3 export usually produced a 128 kbps constant bit rate file irrespective of chosen options; reported length often incorrect

* MP3 ID3 Genre tag misread on import if the genre list in Metadata Editor was opened and saved

* Exported metadata tags in MP3, OGG and FLAC often not seen by player software - now substantially improved

* WMA exports (via FFmpeg)corrupted if metadata tags included

* Some multi-channel recording devices that previously recorded more than two channels no longer did so

* Generated audio did not fit in window

* No warning was given when saving an empty project

* Beep on completing longer process did not work on many systems

* fixed crashes importing lists of files (.LOF), in Meter Toolbar and Change Speed

Platform-specific Bug Fixes:

* Windows Vista: crash opening Preferences with no sound devices enabled and connected * Mac OS X and Linux:

* Spurious clipping at start of playback

* Labels did not accept certain legal characters

* Shortcuts did not work after running effects

* Project Rate did not change to respect rate of first imported file if that rate was unsupported * Mac OS X only:

* Crash resizing project window

* Menu items became inactive or visibly corrupted

* File > Open dialog did not always work on OS X 10.4

* Impossible to set independent Command and Control shortcuts that shared the same key

* Freeze importing uncompressed files via On-Demand (please report any remaining instances of this to:

* Portable settings were not picked up, instead settings were taken from the default location

* Fixed unavailability of FFmpeg installer

Changes in 1.3.6 Beta (since 1.3.6a6 Alpha):


* "Save Compressed Copy of Project" saves in much smaller .OGG format to facilitate online transmission of projects

* Improved MIDI import and export routines, and clearer color for selection region

* Default temporary directory on Mac now accessible in Finder

Import / Export:

* Stability improvements in on-demand loading

* FFmpeg: support for latest version of library, improved version checks and error messages, stability improvements in custom exporter

Bug Fixes:

* Crash in "Get Noise Profile" step of Noise Removal at project rates below 20480 Hz.

* Underestimation of peak level in tracks with a small number of different peaks

* Truncate Silence could result in repeated or lost audio if applied to the whole of a track * Other interface, generating, exporting and platform-specific fixes


* Added autoconf macro archive to CVS, enabling *.nix users without this archive to build --with -MIDI

Changes in 1.3.6a6:


* Note Track now supports export as a MIDI file

* Linked audio and label tracks: improved support when source and target number of tracks differ and when cross-pasting different track types

Import / Export:

* On-demand now supports project saving during summarising; reverts to stripey background; fixed some crashes due to threading issues

* Exports: Single AAC filter (M4A LC profile) with quality settings slider; removed FFmpeg formats already supported by Audacity; added explicit GSM 6.10 (WAV) filter; current project rate now used for all exports, with check for format-invalid rates; improvements to metadata support


* LV2 plug-ins: added support (OS X and Linux only) for using synths as tone generators, scale point labels, grouped controls and i18n translations

Changes in 1.3.6a5:


* Note Track now builds on Windows

* Fixes/improvements for linked audio and label tracks (one desynchronisation bug remains when pasting audio into a greater number of tracks than were copied); now supports label shifting when changing pitch and tempo

* Added full label pasting support: now possible to paste multiple labels, region labels and labels with audio, and correct label text is now pasted

Import / Export:

* Added full "on-demand" support (now with minimum file length of 30 seconds): clicking moves summary calculation point; supports split and merge of stereo tracks; incompletely summarised tracks resume summary calculation automatically; text-based Status Bar progress indication and animated dummy waveform instead of embedded progress bar


* Fixed a bug where previewing Equalization curves more than once previewed the unmodified audio

* Improvements to DTMF generator


* Improved support for working with audio in excess of 2^31 samples (about 13.5 hours at 44100 Hz); some accessibility improvements

Changes in 1.3.6a4:


* New Preference: Default View Mode, to choose type of waveform, spectrum or pitch view for new tracks

* Note Track: experimental support is now enabled by defining USE_MIDI in config*, but does not build out-of-the-box on Windows

* Bug fixes for linked audio and label tracks; now supports label shifting when changing speed and generating tones

Import / Export:

* Improvements/fixes for AAC exports including new M4A filter for compatibility with iTunes; RealAudio export support removed - FFmpeg does not support this properly

* Improved refresh of on-demand loading; fixed a phantom on-demand progress bar when time-shifting clips


* Experimental support for LV2 plug-in architecture on Linux and Mac, but operation may be buggy; no LV2 support yet on Windows, because the required slv2 library currently does not build

Changes in 1.3.6a3:

Import / Export:

* Experimental support for exporting a much wider range of proprietary audio formats via FFmpeg

* "On-demand" immediate loading of imported PCM WAV or AIFF files now has experimental "progress bar" embedded in the waveform until fully loaded


* Note Track: experimental support for cut, copy and paste using Edit Toolbar; currently not available for Linux, where EXPERIMENTAL_NOTE_TRACK must be undefined in order to build

* New Transport menu for alternative access to play and record commands and some recording preferences

* Audio tracks are now linked to label tracks by being positioned above a label track, if linkage is enabled in the Tracks menu

Changes in 1.3.6a2:

Import / Export:

* Experimental support for importing a much wider range of audio formats via FFmpeg: support has to be enabled in *config when building and requires FFmpeg libraries

* Experimental support for "on-demand" immediate loading of imported PCM WAV or AIFF files (full waveform continues to load while you play or edit).


* Built-in plug-ins now grouped into related hierarchical categories


* New Debug Log window available in all builds

* Experimental support for linking a label track with any number of audio tracks so that labels shift with cuts and inserts in the audio track

* Default theme now reverted to that of 1.3.5

* Recording channels preference now defaults to stereo


* Bug fixes for shortcut availability/tab order in Selection Bar, and for window focus issues when previewing effects

* Improvements in escaping and navigating fields in dialogs, and in stability when screen readers are used

Changes in 1.3.6a1:

Interface: *

  • Further improvements to menu navigation and wordings.

  • All file dialogs are now resizable, and support "Places" sidebar on Windows 2000 or later.

  • Preferences:

    • New "Theme" preference for modifying interface colours and images, with experimental new default colour scheme.

    • New "Smart Recording" preference automatically pauses recordings that fall below a pre-defined input level.


  • Simplified modular builds for Windows, removing static-linked configurations.

  • New shared configurations on Mac to support modular builds, and all builds are now Unicode.


  • Default auto save interval reduced to 2 minutes.

  • Bug fixes to correct project rate initialisation on Linux, and file importing issues on PPC Macs.

Changes in 1.3.5:

Recording / Playback:

  • Several bugs fixed so that latency correction should be better, and more devices work correctly. Problems with invalid sample rates under Linux should be much rarer.

  • Newer version of Portaudio library.

  • New feature to record onto the end of an existing track (hold Shift while clicking Record).

Import / Export:

  • Updated versions of Libogg, Libvorbis, Libflac, Libsndfile and Twolame libraries.

  • Handling of unsupported file formats more informative.

  • Handling of file names with slashes on OS X improved. New dialog allows replacement of illegal file name characters on all platforms.


  • Improved scaling and layout for rulers and VU meters.

  • Envelope fixes/improvements including full control of undo/redo.

  • New keyboard shortcuts and improved menu navigation.

  • Preferences: More intuitive tab arrangement. New options for mute/solo and Metadata Editor behavior. Language can now be changed without restart.

  • Expanded Build Information tab.


  • New Vocal Remover plug-in, improvements for Generate effects.


  • Fixes when building Audacity with libraries disabled.

  • Improvements to make Mac and Solaris builds easier.


  • Full fix for issue CVE-2007-6061 on systems where temporary directories can be changed by other users (thanks to Michael Schwendt).


  • Updated translations for many locales.

  • Several stability improvements.

Changes in 1.3.4:

New Features

  • New Welcome Screen with introduction to Audacity

  • Enhanced Windows Shell integration, so Audacity shows up in lots of Windows places such as "Open With".

  • New keyboard command: 'Mix and Render to New Track' (bound to Ctrl+Shift+M).

  • New keyboard shortcut: "Shift-A" starts playback when stopped, or performs "Stop and Select" when playing.

  • Added support for VAMP audio analysis plug-ins.

  • Solo button solos only one track at a time, and a track cannot be both mute and solo.


  • Keyboard shortcuts for making short/long jumps along the timeline.

  • Added 'Snap To' in the Selection Bar.

  • Made keyboard navigation easier when multiple menu items with the same first letter exist.

  • Enhanced interface for label editing.

  • Layout of OK/Cancel buttons consistency improved.

  • Preferences:

    • "Select all audio in project, if none selected" (on by default)

    • "Beep on completion of longer activities" (system bell, not main output).

    • Other preferences cleaned up and explanations improved.

  • Envelopes: Many fixes when copying / pasting / repeating.

  • Many translation updates.

  • Track height fixed in several cases.

  • CleanSpeech mode switching without closing and re-opening fixed.

Opening/saving formats:

  • Metadata editor added for OGG, FLAC and WAV/AIFF exports, and general improvements in this area.

  • Import of metadata improved.

  • Muted tracks are no longer audible in the exported mix.


  • Truncate Silence: support for multiple and stereo tracks.

  • Dtmf Generator:

    • added support for keypad letters

    • added an amplitude control.

  • Compressor: variable decay time added.

  • Equalization:

    • Clicks at start / end prevented

    • Improvements to saved curves being found

    • Preview works correctly

  • 'Merge' command appears in Undo history.

  • Clipping detected more reliably.

  • Nyquist plug-ins reviewed and enhanced.

  • Better (and more) progress bars.

  • Cancelling effect always restores previous audio.

  • Several improvement to effects in batch mode.

Recording / Playback:

  • Improvements to latency correction.

  • Updated version of portaudio-v19 library.

Note that Help is no longer built in, but accessible on the Web via links in Audacity.

Changes in 1.3.3:

Opening/saving formats:

  • Import

    • Import of audio from QuickTime (mov, aac, m4a) files is now supported on OS X.

    • Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) wave files can now be imported.

  • Export

    • Metadata can be added to OGG files

    • Improved export option selection

    • Additional export options added to MP3 and FLAC file formats

    • Command line exporter now supported on Windows and OS X


  • EQ effect

    • Responsiveness improved.

    • Several enhancements added.

    • Batch support added.

  • New Auto Duck effect

  • Added previewing to AudioUnit effects

  • Much improved Noise Removal effect

  • Effects previewing can now be canceled

  • New DTMF Tone Generator effect

  • Additional options available in Noise effect

  • Improved the Tone Generation effects

Other features:

  • Major speed improvement in Spectrogram rendering

  • Increased support for drag and drop on OS X

  • Support added for building against wxWidgets 2.8

  • Support opening multiple Audacity Projects at once from Explorer on Windows

  • Improved main window sliders

  • New support for snapping while selecting and sliding

  • Improved track focus handling and visual feedback

  • Speed improvements and handling of resizing/zooming in tracks

  • Spectrum view can now be zoomed.

  • New internal file cache to improve handling of project files over networks


  • Many improvements to language specific translations

  • Numerous stability improvements

Changes in 1.3.1 and 1.3.2:

  • Improved accessibility for the visually impaired + Improvements for screen readers, accessibility of tracks, and hot keys

  • Usability improvements + New selection bar + New features for label tracks + Improved toolbar docking flexibility + Menu renaming and reorganization + Selection, ruler, and playback control improvements

  • Auto-save and automatic crash recovery

  • Many bug fixes and stability improvements

  • Major improvements to some built-in effects (Repair, Equalization) and fixes to others

  • New features and bug fixes for Nyquist

  • Restructured Preferences dialog

  • Improved batch processing

  • File format export improvements

  • Timer recording

  • Intel Mac support

Changes in 1.3.0:

New features The new features in Audacity 1.3 have been grouped into the following six major categories.

  1. Collapse/Expand Tracks In Audacity 1.3, every track has an upward-pointing triangle at the bottom of the label area on the left side of the track.

  2. Multiple clips per track In Audacity 1.2, there is one audio 'clip' per track. There is no easy way to time-shift part of a track without moving the rest. In Audacity 1.3, you can split a single track into multiple clips. You can move these clips around between different tracks, making it easy to construct complex compositions out of hundreds of smaller audio samples.

  3. Selection Bar In Audacity 1.2, the current selection is contained in a status bar at the bottom of the window. In Audacity 1.3, this is replaced by a fully functional Selection Bar, which displays and controls the current selection (your choice of Start and End, or Start and Length), and the current audio position. The selection bar is fully editable - just click in any field and type to change the current selection precisely. In addition, many formatting options allow you to view times in different units, such as samples, CD frames, or NTSC video frames.

  4. Improved Label Tracks Label Tracks are Audacity's way for you to create markings 3 and annotations within your project. In Audacity 1.3, Label Tracks are much improved, with support for overlapping labels, and support for modifying both the left and right edge of the label region just by clicking and dragging.

  5. QuickTime and Audio Units on Mac OS X On Mac OS X, Audacity can now import and audio file supported by Apple's QuickTime technology. This includes .MOV and .MP4 (AAC) files. Unfortunately encrypted audio files (such as those from the iTunes Music Store) cannot be imported directly into Audacity - Apple does not allow this to be done easily because it would be too easy to circumvent the encryption this way.

    Also on Mac OS X, Audacity now supports Audio Unit plug-ins. Audacity searches for Audio Units in the usual location, in the system or user's Library folder.

  6. Other features Better performance with large projects

    Project integrity check on open

    Transcription toolbar



    Cut lines


Changes in 1.2.4:

  • The File menu now includes a list of recent files.

  • The "Generate Silence" effect now prompts for a length.

  • Audacity is now built with Vorbis 1.1, which features better encoding quality and file compression.

  • Dragging sound files into the Audacity window now works on Mac OS X and Linux, as well as Windows. (Before, it worked only on Windows.)

  • The "View History" window can now discard old undo levels to save disk space on Windows. (This previously worked only on Linux and Mac.)

  • "Preferences" command is now in Edit menu.

  • "Plot Spectrum" command is now in Analyze menu.

  • Opening a project file saved by a later version of Audacity displays an intelligent error message. Also, trying to import a project file (instead of open it) displays an intelligent error message.

  • Audacity now compiles in Visual C++ .NET 2003.

  • Other minor bug fixes.

  • New or updated translations: Arabic (ar), Czech (cs), Finnish (fi), Hungarian (hu), Japanese (ja), Norwegian (nb), Slovenian (sl), Simplified Chinese (zh_CN), Traditional Chinese (zh_TW).

Changes in 1.2.3:

  • Fixed a bug that caused recording to stop or display incorrectly after about 50 minutes on some Windows systems. (This was partly fixed in Audacity 1.2.2, but still didn't work on some systems.)

  • The Change Pitch and Change Tempo effects have been upgraded to use a new version of the SoundTouch library by Olli Parviainen, with better speed and higher quality.

  • libsndfile has been upgraded to version 1.0.11.

  • Fixed a bug that caused the program to run slowly when using the Envelope tool.

  • Shift-clicking on a mute or solo button now un-mutes (or un-solos) all other tracks.

  • Nyquist plug-ins can now accept strings as input. Also, a "Debug" button has been added to Nyquist effect dialogs, which allows you to see all of the output produced by Nyquist, for aid in debugging.

  • When the audio file referenced ("aliased") by an Audacity project is missing, Audacity will now always play silence. Before, Audacity would sometimes repeat the most recent audio that was played previously.

  • VU Meters will now always reset when audio I/O has stopped.

  • Fixed a major Mac-only bug that was causing Audacity to crash at seemingly random times, but especially during audio playback and recording.

  • New or updated translations: Italian (it), Hungarian (hu), Ukrainian (uk), Spanish (es). Polish (pl), Simplified Chinese (zh), Norsk-Bokmal (nb), French (fr).

Changes in 1.2.2:

  • VU Meters added for both playback and recording. Click on the recording meter to monitor the input without recording.

  • Export Multiple - new feature that lets you export multiple files at once, either by track, or split based on labels.

  • Attempt to automatically correct latency in full-duplex recordings. (This does not work perfectly, and is not yet supported on all systems. It will improve in future versions.)

  • Fixed a serious bug that could cause data loss when you save and then reload and re-edit an Audacity project containing repeated or duplicate data.

  • MP3 tags dialog will only pop up the first time you export as MP3; after that it will not pop up again as long as you have filled in at least one tag.

  • You can now add a label at the current playback position - in the Project menu, with a shortcut of Ctrl+M.

  • Clicking on a label now selects all of the tracks, making it easier to use the label track to recall selections.

  • Windows: Fixed a crash in the Time Track "Set Rate" command.

  • Fixed a bug that caused problems with recordings over 45 minutes on some Windows systems.

  • Mac OS X: Improved support for the Griffin iMic by fixing a bug that was causing it to always record in mono instead of stereo.

  • Added support for Software Playthrough (listen to what you're recording while recording it, or while monitoring using a VU meter) - this makes it possible, for example, to record using one audio device while listening to it play through a separate device.

  • Unix/Linux: Fixed freeze caused by captured mouse when audio device hangs. (Audacity may not respond, but it will no longer freeze all of X.)

  • Fixed a cosmetic bug that caused improper waveform display if you tried to open an Audacity project saved on a different platform (e.g., copying a project from a Mac to a PC).

  • Fixed bug that could cause instability when pasting, splitting, or duplicating a label track.

  • You can now change the font of a label track by choosing "Font..." from the label track's pop-up menu.

  • Basic printing support has been added. Currently it scales the entire project to fit exactly on one page. Try printing in landscape orientation for best results.

  • Mac OS X and Windows: Audacity ships with a newer version (1.0.1) of the Ogg Vorbis encoder. Vorbis compression will now have higher quality and smaller file sizes.

  • Fix a bug that occasionally caused crashes when applying effects to split tracks.

  • Zoom In / Zoom Out now properly disable when they're not available.

  • Fixed disk memory leak in Preview

  • Other minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

Changes in 1.2.1:

  • The following translations have been added or updated: Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian.

  • Fix a bug that could cause data to be lost when pasting audio from one project into another, after the first project has been saved and closed.

  • Fix a possible crash when opening or resizing the Equalization window, especially when using large system fonts.

  • Don't allow percentages less than -100% in Change Pitch/Speed/Tempo effects (fixes a possible crash).

  • Fix a crash when the temporary directory is not available on startup.

  • Correctly load ID3 tags saved in Audacity project files.

  • On Linux and OS X, store lockfiles in the temp directory instead of the user's home directory. This fixes problems in lab environments where users have restricted or network-mounted home directories.

  • Fix a bug that prevented Nyquist effects from running when certain regional settings were activated.

  • Fix a bug in the Quick Mix command that could cause old temporary files to not be deleted.

  • Linux: Fix endianness problems in playback on PowerPC.

  • Linux: Fix compilation problem in Nyquist on MIPS.

  • Linux: Include a more recent PortAudio v19 snapshot (fixes compilation problems when building with the --with-portaudio=v19 option).

  • Two new Nyquist plug-ins: "Cross Fade In" and "Cross Fade Out."

  • Other minor bug-fixes.

Changes in 1.2.0:

  • New cross-fade effects.

  • Fix problem where samples were drawn in the wrong position when zoomed all the way in. This caused the drawing tool to move a different sample than the one under the cursor.

  • Don't use id3v2.4 tags, which are not yet supported by most players. (This was fixed in 1.2.0-pre2, but appeared again by accident in 1.2.0-pre3.)

  • Correctly display translated messages in the status bar.

  • When the cursor is on-screen, the Zoom In button now zooms to the area around the cursor.

  • Mac OS X: Fixed audio problems on the Apple PowerMac G5.

  • Linux/ALSA: Work around a bug in ALSA's OSS emulation that caused Audacity's playback cursor to move too quickly.

  • Microsoft Windows: The Audacity source code should now compile out of the box on Windows.

  • Many new/updated translations.

Changes in 1.2.0-pre4:

  • Fixed problems that could occur when importing certain non-seekable PCM audio files, such as GSM610.

  • Fixed bug that was causing the samples to shift off-screen horizontally when zoomed in very far and the track had a time-shift offset.

  • Fixed bugs in the new resampler that added noise to resampled audio on some systems. If you experienced noise when exporting to a WAV, MP3 or OGG file you may have been bitten by this bug.

  • Fixed bug that led to occasional crashes when using the time-shift tool in conjunction with high zoom factors.

  • Dithering is now only applied on export when it is really necessary (e.g. when converting float samples to 16-bit).

  • Files that only contain mono tracks are now automatically exported to stereo files when they contain tracks which are panned to the left or the right.

  • The Delete key can now be used to delete the current selection, in addition to the Backspace key.

  • Fixed bug where Audacity didn't ask whether to save changes if you close the project or exit while recording.

  • Mac OS X: Supports Playthrough (listen to what you're recording while recording it) if your hardware device supports it.

  • Mac OS X: Audacity is now a package (you can right-click on and select 'Show Package Contents'). Launch time has improved significantly.

  • MS Windows: Fixed problem that caused Windows XP to use the short name of a file ("TESTFI~1.AUP"), which led to problems when the file was later opened again using the long file name.

  • MS Windows: Fixed bug that caused file exports to fail if the destination directory was the root folder of a Windows drive.

  • MS Windows: Audacity's application information which is written to the Windows registry now always contains the full path to the executable.

  • MS Windows: Fixed problems in trying to set the Windows registry as non-admin user, for file-type associations.

  • Make sure the "Save" command is enabled after changing gain and pan sliders.

  • Updated translations. Added translator credits to the "About" window in localized versions.

Changes in 1.2.0-pre3:

  • Fixed bug where Export is grayed out when nothing is selected.

  • Fixed crash caused by opening Audacity on a computer with a high-end sound card with no mixer support.

  • Fixed crash in Import Raw.

  • Fixed New Stereo Track.

  • Cosmetic fixes for Mac OS X.

  • Support for the VST Enabler on Windows added.

  • Fixed crash if you close Audacity while the Preferences dialog is open.

  • Fixed duplicate-character bug in Mac OS X Label Tracks.

  • The recording level control on Linux now adjusts the IGAIN, rather than the playthrough level of the recording source.

  • Fixed bug that caused corruption to 16-bit stereo recordings.

  • Fixed bug that caused data loss if you deleted all tracks in a saved project and then open a new file into the same window.

  • Added support for alternate audio button order (in Interface preferences)

  • Added preliminary support for wxX11

  • Added fully transparent Windows XP icon

  • Fixed crash if you try to record (or play) and no audio devices exist, or if the audio device doesn't support the mode you selected.

  • Audacity no longer sets the process priority to high while recording on Windows. Users can still do this manually using the Task Manager.

  • Fixed bug that caused last ~100 ms of the selection to get cut off on Windows.

  • Fixed FFT Filter and Equalization effects dialogs.

  • Fixed bugs in Unix build system (DESTDIR in locale directory, choosing libsamplerate instead of libresample)

  • Support for LADSPA plug-ins on Windows added, and three open source LADSPA plug-ins ported to Windows (GVerb reverb, SC4 compressor, and Hard Limiter)

Changes in 1.2.0-pre2:

  • Online help completed. The full manual is nearly complete and will be posted to the web site for online browsing shortly.

  • Audacity will no longer let you do unsafe editing operations while playing or recording. This eliminates many potential crashes.

  • Fixed ability to cancel Quit button.

  • New resampling library, with no restrictions on the maximum or minimum rate of resampling.

  • Audacity now supports LADSPA plug-ins on all platforms, and supports VST plug-ins through an optional LADSPA plug-in called the "VST Enabler", which you can download separately. Because of licensing issues, Audacity cannot be distributed with VST support built-in.

  • Mac OS X keyboard shortcut problems have been fixed.

  • Mac OS X audio muting problems have been fixed.

  • Mac OS X playback/recording cursor sync problems have been fixed.

  • Silence now displays a straight line again, instead of nothing.

  • Added a vertical ruler to the Waveform dB display.

  • Fixed crash in Change Pitch.

  • You can now Paste if nothing is selected.

  • Canceling an Import operation doesn't cause an extra error dialog to appear.

  • Audacity now handles filenames with international characters correctly.

  • Now outputs ID3v2.3 tags (instead of ID3v2.4), to be compatible with more MP3 players.

  • Minor improvements to build system on Unix systems.

New features in Audacity 1.2:

  • User Interface

    • 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 using envelope.

    • Labels can store selections (like Audacity 1.0.0).

  • Effects

    • Repeat Last Effect command

    • Improved VST plug-in support

    • 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)

  • Audio I/O

    • 1-second preview command.

    • Looped play.

  • File I/O

    • Audacity 1.2.0 opens project files from all previous versions of Audacity from 0.98 through 1.1.3.

    • Open multiple files from the same dialog.

    • Use a text file to specify a list of audio files to open with offsets.

  • Updated user manual

  • Bug fixes

    • Project files with special characters are no longer invalid.

    • "Scratchy" noises caused by bad clipping are fixed.

    • Audacity no longer exports invalid Ogg files, and does not cut off the last few seconds of exported Ogg files.

    • Mono MP3 files now export at the correct speed.

    • Many incorrect results from the Envelope tool have been fixed.

    • The "Export Labels" command now overwrites existing files correctly.

    • The "Plot Spectrum" window displays the correct octave numbers for notes.

    • Several memory leaks are fixed.

New features in Audacity 1.1.3:

  • User Interface

    • New Mixer toolbar allows you to control the output volume, input volume, and input source directly from Audacity.

    • Every track now has its own gain and pan controls.

  • File I/O

    • Uses improved project file format. (Unfortunately reading previous formats, including 1.1.1, is not supported.)

    • 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.

    • Fixed some bugs relating to reading/writing audio files with more than 16 bits per sample.

    • Import RAW is functional again, with a simpler GUI but support for far more file formats. The autodetection algorithms are much more accurate than in 1.0.

  • Audio I/O

    • Completely rewritten audio I/O, with lower latency and minimal chance of buffer underruns while recording.

  • Resampling

    • Using high quality resampling algorithms, with the option of better quality for mixing than for real-time playback

    • Preliminary support for Time Tracks, for changing playback speed over time.

  • Many more bug fixes and new features

New features in Audacity 1.1.2:

  • User Interface

    • Fixed bug in Windows version, for track menu commands "Name..." and "Split Stereo Track"/"Make Stereo Track".

  • Effects

    • Nyquist support on Windows (supports plug-ins written in Nyquist, an interpreted functional language based on Lisp).

New features in Audacity 1.1.1:

  • User Interface

    • Tooltips appear in Status Bar.

    • 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

    • Effects broken down into three menus: Generate, Effect, and Analyze

    • 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)

  • Localization

    • Improved localization support

    • More languages available

    • Language selection dialog on startup

  • Mac OS X

    • Support for more audio hardware

    • Support for full-duplex (play while recording)

    • Support for MP3 exporting using LameLib Carbon

  • Unix

    • Audacity now has a man page (it describes command-line options and how to set the search path)

  • File Formats

    • Uses libsndfile 1.0, which fixes some bugs and improves performance

  • 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 /share/locale and looks for everything else in /share/audacity and also in any paths in the AUDACITY_PATH environment variable

New features in Audacity 1.1.0:

  • Core audio processing:

    • Support for 24-bit and 32-bit sample formats

    • Automatic real-time resampling (using linear interpolation)

  • Effects:

    • Support LADSPA plug-ins on Linux / Unix

  • File formats:

    • New XML-based Audacity project format

    • Full Ogg Vorbis support now (importing and exporting)

    • Export to any command-line programs on Unix

    • Support for reading and writing many more types of uncompressed audio files, including ADPCM WAV files.

  • Toolbars

    • New toolbar drawing code; automatically adopts your operating system's colors

    • New toolbar buttons (Skip to Start, Skip to End)

    • New Edit toolbar

    • Toolbar buttons disable when they're not available

  • User Interface

    • Fully customizable keyboard commands

    • Autoscroll while playing or recording

    • New Ruler, used in main view and in FFT Filter effect

    • The waveform now displays the average value in a lighter color inside the peak values

  • Localization

    • Audacity can now be localized to different foreign languages.

New libraries in Audacity 1.1:

  • libmad for fast MP3 importing

  • libid3tag for editing MP3 file information

  • libsndfile to read and write more audio file formats

  • PortAudio for cross-platform audio playing and recording

Audacity 1.0

Changelogs no longer are available at this point. Some screenshots exist though.

Audacity 0.8 (test)

Last updated


© Muse Group & contributors. Contents licensed under the Creative Commons-Attribution 4.0 license.