Major performance improvements are wrapped inside of the latest update to Audacity, the premiere open source audio editing suite.

Loading in projects is said to be as much as 50x faster in Audacity 3.1.3 compared to the Audacity 3.1.0 release outed back in October (a release which delivered a bevy of performance boosts itself).

Elsewhere, a couple of new shortcuts are introduced in Audacity 3.1.3: shift + L to set loop to selection, and alt + shift + L to clear loop. They’ve also made it harder to accidentally create loop regions when attempting to use Timeline Quick Play — something I’ve done a lot.

These and other changes at-a-glance:

  • Improved performance
  • Snap guides when resizing clips
  • New shortcuts for looping
  • New selection region indicator in the timeline
  • Re-added the Quick Play indicator (green triangle and line)
  • Bug fixes

You can skim over the full release notes for this build to learn more.

Audacity 3.1.3 is free, open source software. It’s available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, with the Audacity downloads page carrying full details on the how’s, where’s, and why’s.

Ubuntu carries older versions of Audacity in its repos (just sudo apt install audacity to get it). To benefit from the changes mentioned in this post you’ll want to use a newer build — pick from an official AppImage, the Snap Store, or Flatpak app via Flathub.

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