Audacity 3.0 comes with a new format to save projects and more

The availability of the new version of the free audio editor Audacity 3.0, in which some significant improvements were made, including a new sound display mode, a new Time panel, greater support and more.

For those unfamiliar with Audacity, you should know that this is one of the programs most emblematic of Free Software, with which we can perform audio recording and editing digitally from our computer. This application is cross-platform so it can be used on Windows, MacOS, Linux and more.

Audacity in addition to allowing us to record multiple audio sources it can also allow us to post-processing all kinds of audio, including podcasts, by adding effects such as normalization, cropping, and fading in and out.

Among the features of Audacity include:

  • Audio recording in real time.
  • Editing Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV, AIFF, AU, LOF and WMP audio files.
  • Conversion between audio type formats.
  • Import of MIDI, RAW and MP3 format files.
  • Multiple track editing.
  • Add effects to the sound (echo, inversion, tone, etc).
  • Possibility of using plug-ins to increase its functionality.

What’s new in Audacity 3.0?

In this new version of Audacity 3.0 I know has proposed a new format for saving projects in the format ».aup3 ″, which unlike the previously used format, all project components are now saved to one file, no split in data files and a file with the project parameters (such a division generated incidents when only the .aup file was copied and forgot to transfer the data). The new .aup3 format it is a SQLite3 database that contains all the resources.

Another novelty that is included is that noise gate effect improved, which now allows the attack time to be set to 1 ms and provides separate settings for attack, hold, and decay.

What’s more, added a new Label Sounds parser, which allows you to mark places with sound and silence, Label Sounds replaces the Sound Finder and Silence Finder analyzers.

Of the other changes that stand out of this new version:

  • Added default directory settings.
  • Added support for macro import and export, as well as the ability to use comments in macros.
  • Settings were added to change the editing behavior.
  • For tracks, support for using the default multi-view is implemented.
  • The ability to repeat the last used command has been added to generators, analyzers, and tools.
  • A command to backup projects “File> Save Project> Backup Project” has been implemented.

How to install Audacity 3.0.0 on Ubuntu and derivatives?

At the moment the application package has not yet been updated within the “ubuntuhandbook” repo, but it is a matter of hours before it is available. As soon as you are in order to install or update to this new version, all they have to do is open a terminal and in it they will type the following commands:

The first thing we are going to do is add the following repository to the system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity -y

After that we are going to execute the following command to update the packages and list of repositories:

sudo apt-get update

We are going to install the application with:

sudo apt install audacity

Install Audacity from Flatpak

Another method with which we can install this audio player in our beloved Ubuntu or one of its derivatives is with the help of Flatpak packages and type the following command in a terminal:

flatpak install --from

Finally, you can open this audio player on your system by searching for its launcher in your applications menu.

In case of not finding the launcher, you can run the application with the following command:

flatpak run org.audacityteam.Audacity

If you already had the player installed by this means and you want to check if there is an update to it, you can do it by typing the following command in a terminal:

flatpak --user update org.audacityteam.Audacity

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