Audacity is a free and simplistic, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, macOS, Linux and other operating systems. The popular open-source audio editor snagged an update, bringing a slew of new features.
The latest version of Audacity has introduced UI theme support and launches with four new user interface themes: classic, light, dark and high contrast. Advanced users will have the option to fine-tune and craft the UI thanks to James Crook of the Dark Audacity project, which is simply a variation of the original Audacity software.
Commonly used functions are now visible in the top-level menus, while those used sparingly have been transition submenus below. New menu items have been added allowing for more efficient workflow processes. For example, you can now export as WAV or MP3 directly from the menu rather than having to export sound and then select the desired format.
Audacity 2.2.0 introduces the ability to play and import MIDI files directly into Audacity. Windows users will not need to configure any settings to activate this feature, but Linux owners will need to install a software synthesizer such as TiMidity++ or freepats.
Basic and full keyboard shortcut layouts, STEM plot support, and optionally extended toolbars are also present in this update.
Lastly, users will have access to an updated manual with help links in many dialogs leading to relevant manual pages, and Mac users now have full support for macOS 10.12 Sierra and 10.13 High Sierra.
For more information on Audacity 2.2.0, you can view the official release notes by clicking here.
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