A new version of the open-source audio editor Audacity is available to download.
Audacity 2.2 includes a set of four new UI themes, including a new, flatter, modern light look by default, plus optional dark, classic and high contrast skins.
The update also introduces the ability to customize themes support, meaning advanced users can tinker about and craft a UI that suits them best.
Audacity 2.2.0 features improved menus. The bulk of app menus are shorter than in previous versions as developers have opted to simplify and reorder the options (though retaining full functionality).
Commonly used functions now appear in top level menus, while lesser-used functions have been moved down into lower submenus.
New menu items have also been added. For example, you can now export as MP3 or WAV directly from menus without having to export sound and select a format.
Audacity 2.2.0 introduces a new default recording mode. When triggering record Audacity will record at the end of the currently selected track by default (i.e. append rather than start a new track). The old record behaviour is still available.
MIDI Support in Audacity & Other Changes
This release makes it possible to import and play MIDI files in Audacity directly. This support works ‘out of the box’ on Windows systems. Linux users will need to install a supported software synthesizer like TiMidity++ and freepats.
The upgrade also introduces new keyboard shortcut layouts (basic and full), STEM plot support, help buttons in more parts of the UI, and optional extended toolbars.
Finally, the latest version of this hugely popular digital audio editing software features 198 bug fixes, an updated manual, and (for those on it) full support for macOS 10.12 Sierra and macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
Install Audacity 2.2.0 on Ubuntu
Audacity 2.2.0 is free, open-source software. It’s available to download for Windows, macOS and Linux desktops from the official official Audacity website.
You can install an older stable release of Audacity from the Ubuntu Software app:
To install the latest version of Audacity on Ubuntu with all the features mentioned in this post you will have to head outside of the regular repos.
The Audacity team maintain an official daily builds PPA built from Git for Ubuntu users. However, this PPA isn’t meant for general purpose use.
Audacity is also available from Flathub but this is not, at the time of writing, the latest release.
So, to install Audacity 2.2.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later, you can use an unofficial PPA maintained by PandaJim:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity
sudo apt update && sudo apt install audacity
You can try the new themes out from Audacity > Preferences > Interface > Theme.