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Podcasters and professional audio processing types may be interested to know that a maintenance release of Audacity is available to download.

Audacity 2.3.3 serves as the latest stable release of the famous open source audio editor. But the team behind the tool say that this update offers “no new and almost no changed features” when compared to previous builds.

However, many long standing bug fixes are included thanks to code ‘restructuring’ work. Among the 75+ bugs fixed are:

  • Quality slider now works for AAC/M4A Export
  • Leading blank space treated as silence on Export
  • Exports are now based on “What you hear is what you get”

Additionally, the Repair, Paulstretch, and Reverb effects should now be faster on Linux systems; attempting to time shift multiple tracks no longer results in a crash; while the strange noise inserted during Punch & Roll re-recording has been solved.

Among the features removed in Audacity 2.3.3 because the app has newer/better/alternatives:

  • Nyquist Workbench
  • Vocal remover effect
  • Normalise on load
  • On-demand loading of aliased files (e.g., .wav, .aiff)

Additionally, the catch-all ‘equalization effect’ has been split into two separate effects: Filter Curve allows users to adjust equalization using curves; Graphical EQ allows users to adjust equalization using sliders.

Download Audacity 2.3.3

Audacity is free, open source software available for Windows, macOS (though note macOS Catalina at present) and Linuxaudac

Windows and macOS users can download Audacity 2.3.3 installers from the Audacity website.

Linux users have the option to download Audacity source code and compile the latest build by hand.

Visit Audacity Downloads Page

Ubuntu users may prefer to use Panda Jim’s unofficial Audacity PPA to install the latest stable release of Audacity on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and above:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity
sudo apt update && sudo apt install audacity

An unofficial Audacity Snap app is also available for Ubuntu and other Snap-supported Linux distributions (but is not, as of writing, up to date).

Install Aduacity on Ubuntu (Snap)

Finally, Audacity is available on Flathub, the Flatpak app store:

Audacity on Flathub

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