What’s New in Audacity 1.3.14 – TAP061

Listen to hear me comment on the following new features in Audacity 1.3.14.

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 and Improvements

  • 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.

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4 comments on “What’s New in Audacity 1.3.14 – TAP061

  1. NONNIE says:

    Are you suppose to remove the older versions of Audacity when you update the newer Audicity .14?

    I have an older version and the newer .13 version and always get a notation if I try to open a file direct. If I go to my .13 version then open the file it works fine.

    THANKS

    .

    1. Yes, remove the old version, or overwrite it with the new version. Just backup your plugins folder by copying it somewhere. This will ensure you don’t lose any plugins.

  2. NONNIE says:

    Previous questions: You asked what listeners wanted to learn about in the past. I would like you to go through the various functions similar to what you did in this episode. Someone truely NEW to podcasting has no idea on how to use the various function, let alone where to find them. I have been pdC for a year and am just beginning to experiment with the functions/tools/ buttons. If you broke the information down and explained in very simple basic terms that will be a help for the newbie / non tech person.

    REMIND PEOPLE to fill in the information when converting to MP3 completely. Many of the newbie pod-casters leave the information a blank. If someone downloads MP3 files to a computer they get stored everywhere but where a person can find them. A podcast shows up in UNKNOWN in Windows media.

    Sorry I do not plan to buy any services. My podcast is a HOBBY and I communicate with quilting friends; who are less tecky than I am, so they are forgiving of bluppers, goofs and audio imperfections. Their interest is what I bring to the quilting knowledge and community. GOOD LUCK with your future endeavors.

    NONNIE

    1. Good thoughts! Tagging MP3s is definitely an important step.

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