Software Update: Audacity 2.1.0 RC 2

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The second release candidate of version 2.1.0 of the open source audio editor Audacity has been released. Available for Windows, Linux, and OS X, the program can record sound, import and export wav, aiff, ogg, and mp3 files. It has an unlimited undo function and also has a large collection of effects on board, such as fade-in and fade-out, echo, tempo change and noise reduction. More effects can be added easily as the program supports both vst and ladspaplugins† Since version 2.0.6, the following changes and improvements have been made:

Changes and Improvements:


  • LADSPA, VST and Audio Unit (OS X) effects now support real-time preview, save/load of user presets and saving effect settings across sessions. Note: Real-time preview does not yet support latency compensation.
  • VST effects now support import/export or FXB preset banks.
  • Shell VST effects that host multiple plugins are now supported.
  • All Effect Menu items (built-in or plugin) can now be used in a Chain.
  • Items in the Effect, Generate or Analyze Menus can be sorted or grouped by name, publisher or class of effect.
  • Noise Removal is improved and renamed to “Noise Reduction”.
  • Change Speed ​​has new time controls for current and new length. You can now enter the speed change as a multiplier eg “2” is twice as fast.
  • New “Crossfade Tracks” effect can be used for crossfading two tracks. This replaces Cross Fade In and Cross Fade Out.
  • Nyquist Prompt and most shipped Nyquist effects now have Preview button.


  • Redesigned Meter Toolbars: The default shows separate Record and Playback Meters, half-height so they can be wider while docked, in gradient style.
  • A frequency selection can now be made (and spectral edit effects applied to those frequencies) when in a spectrogram view. You can also create or adjust frequency selections in a new “Spectral Selection Toolbar” (available at View > Toolbars).
  • Transcription Toolbar (Play-at-speed) can now loop play and cut-preview.
  • Timer Record now saves recordings automatically into an existing project.
  • New Armenian translation.

Operating system and sound device support:

  • (Windows) Audacity 2.1.0 requires Windows XP SP3 (32-bit) or XP SP2 (64-bit), Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1.
  • (Windows) Audacity is now compiled using Visual Studio 2013.
  • (Windows) Recording with WASAPI host now includes experimental support for physical inputs (up to 24-bit depth) as well as loopback recording.
  • (OS X) 10.10 (Yosemite) is now supported including Apple Audio Units,
  • Please report any issues with WASAPI recording/playback or Yosemite to .
  • (Linux Ubuntu) Under Unity, keyboard shortcuts are not visible in the Audacity menus. Keyboard shortcuts are visible if you install the classic GNOME Flashback interface or under Unity if you open Audacity with the UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 environment variable. Audacity compiled from source will ship with src/ set to UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 but it will remain up to distributions to use this desktop file.

Bug fixes:


  • Typing “j” or “k” in a label track activated the “move cursor” shortcut.
  • Spectrogram log (f) view displayed incorrectly until vertically zoomed.
  • Fixed crash after zooming out on vertical scale beyond +/-1.0.
  • Selections made with Selection Toolbar were not restored after Undo.
  • Undo could fail silently if a selection included/touched a clip boundary.

Imports and Exports

  • If there were invalid FFmpeg libs in system PATH this prevented Audacity recognizing the installed FFmpeg or the FFmpeg specified in audacity.cfg.

Mac OS X:

  • Fix uninitialized buffer – this should correct playback buzz or crackle where the upper of multiple tracks started with or contained white space.
  • Device names were corrupted when using system language other than English.
  • Fixed crashes using (external program).
  • Waves v9 Audio Units should now work correctly.


  • Fix “Audacity already running” error when using the command-line or context menu to open multiple or further files.
  • Fix segfault exporting an FFmpeg format to an unwritable folder.
  • Fix silent failure exporting FFmpeg, MP2 or OGG to an unwritable folder.
  • Fix ENTER activated an effect when OK button was greyed out.


  • The previous Audacity 2.0.6 version fixed an issue that projects did not reopen correctly if they contained tracks having 2^31 samples or greater of audio (just over 13.5 hours at 44100 Hz).

The following downloads are available:
Audacity 2.1.0 RC 2 for Windows (exe)
Audacity 2.1.0 RC 2 for Windows (portable)
Audacity 2.1.0 RC 2 for OS X
Audacity 2.1.0 RC 2 Manual

Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, Windows XP, macOS, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 10
Website audacity
File sizes

9.10MB – 32.80MB

License type GPL
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