Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. Good news is Audacity 2.0 has been released with numerous improvements in GUI and features. It has dozens of new features, developed in the 1.3 series. It replaces all previous versions, especially 1.2.6 and 1.3.14.
Open the terminal and type the following commands to install Audacity 2.0 –
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:audacity-team/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacity
sudo apt-get clean
- New Interface preference to show the track name in the display (this is off by default).
- Longer default Playback preference for effects preview and preview before cut.
- Restored use of Page Up and Page Down to scroll horizontally.
- Many effects significantly improved, especially Equalization, Noise Removal and Normalize. Vocal Remover now included plus GVerb on Windows and Mac. VAMP analysis plug-ins now supported.
- Improved label tracks with Sync-Lock Tracks feature in the Tracks Menu. Multiple clips per track. Tracks and selections can be fully manipulated using the keyboard. Many more keyboard shortcuts.
- New Device Toolbar to manage inputs and outputs. Timer Record feature. New Mixer Board view with per-track VU meters.
- Automatic Crash Recovery in the event of abnormal program termination.
- Fast “On-Demand” import of WAV/AIFF files if read directly from source. FLAC now fully supported. Added support for optional FFmpeg library for import/export of AC3/M4A/WMA and import of audio from video files.