Audacity 3.0 is the new version of the popular audio editing software. Highly capable, free, open source, and cross-platform available for computers Windows, Mac, Linux and others, if it did not exist it would have to be invented. Since November 2019 it became the most downloaded software on FossHub with more than 80 million downloads. And this despite not being a type of application used by the bulk of users.
In development for more than two decades, the latest version Audacity 3.0 released this week and covered by our colleagues from very linux, has completed a robust and powerful suite of audio management tools. In addition to allowing audio recording from multiple sources, it can be used for post-processing of all types of audio files, including podcasts, as it adds effects such as normalization, cropping, and fading.
It is also well known for allowing the recording of entire music albums such as Tune-Yards and is used for the national English OCR Level 3 ICT exam in its specific unit on sound creation. In short, record, edit and apply post-processing effects to music, podcasts or any other type of audio.
Audacity 3.0, what’s new
The new version includes some new and improved features. Introducing a new file format to save projects it is one of the outstanding functions. Until now, when you saved an Audacity project file, you got a small .aup file that basically told the software where all the audio and other files associated with the project were located in what is called the “file stack.”
The problem, which happened too often, was that the data files and the .aup file were getting separated. Users reasonably expected the archive to contain the entire project, but if any were accidentally moved or deleted, the project session would not be restored correctly.
The new .aup3 format solves the problem as contains all project data. The developers use an open source database, SQLite3, to store everything. Working with .aup3 projects and editing audio on most machines should be a bit faster than before, because there are fewer files to work with.
In contrast, finishing and closing a final project can be slower, as there is more to do when a project is closed. The developers think it’s worth it. Importantly, older .aup projects can be opened in Audacity 3.0, where they will be converted to the new format.
The new project format is the main ones of the new major version Audacity 3.0, although there are others such as the addition of a new analyzer; improvements to the “Noise Gate” effect; new commands to use the last open tool in the software or macro import / export.
The version also includes 160 bug fixes, most minor, but others of high priority. There are commercial apps, but the best ones cost a lot. Audacity 3.0 is outstanding audio management software. Enough for 99% of ordinary users, totally free, open source and available for the main operating systems.