Major Audacity update makes it a much better audio production tool

Audacity is best known as a free app for quick audio editing and audio recording, but the latest update makes it more viable as a full-fledged production tool, parent company Muse Group has announced. Version 3.2 now supports non-destructive editing, real-time effects, and expanded VST3 support, along with user interface improvements and faster audio sharing via a new service, audio.com.

The most welcome addition is non-destructive audio capabilities, which allow developers to adjust effects without the changes being permanently burned into the audio file. It also supports real-time playback of effects and transitions as you adjust them, allowing for more precise editing when listening to audio. This is in comparison to previous versions where you had to render the effect before you could hear it.

The company has completely rewritten the code base for VST plugins to improve stability and reliability while adding improved support for VST3. It also addressed concerns about what we’ve described as an “ugly and somewhat archaic” user interface. And it now offers a “clearer and more consistent set of visuals” in the top bar for editing, with a new “Audio Setup” option that makes it easier to change input, microphone, and output settings.

Finally, on the new audio.com website, you can easily share audio files by sending a link instead of the whole file. You can either share files publicly, privately, or use your account as cloud storage. (The Muse Group recently updated its privacy policy, promising it won’t sell any of the “very limited” data it collects from users.) The new version of the app is now available as a free download.

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