Is Audacity Spying On Us? Version 3.0.3 Is Out!

Welcome to episode 13 of the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I’m back from a month long road trip and while I was gone, I started hearing and reading concerns over Audacity becoming spyware under its new ownership. Also today, April 26, 2021, a new version of Audacity (3.0.3) was released. Coincidence? Let’s talk.

Here are the links I mention in this episode:

NOTE: As I was editing this episode, Audacity crashed and I was given the option to send the crash report or not send it, just as the privacy notice stated would happen.

-Mike

Audacity Purchased by Newly-Formed Muse Group

Welcome to episode 11 of The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. 

“We’re scared and excited. We hope you are too.”

-AudacityTeam

Those are the closing words on the Audacity Team’s announcement of the recent acquisition of Audacity by the newly-formed Muse Group. The deal to purchase Audacity was announced on April 30th. The financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. With this acquisition, changes on the horizon for Audacity include:

  1. Non-destructive editing via stackable Virtual Studio Technology (VST) effects.
  2. An updated user interface that includes a non-Windows 95 appearance and feel.

As part of this announcement, Muse Group (https://mu.se) vows to keep Audacity open source and free.

In this episode, I share with you a couple of online articles concerning this purchase. One thing is certain; the future of Audacity means change. Here’s hoping it’s change in the right direction for us podcasters.

Links in this episode:

You can find me online at https://audacitybootcamp.com with links there to my YouTube channel, Facebook page, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced, and this podcast.

-Enjoy!

How to Edit Non-Destructively in Audacity

Welcome to episode 10 of The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I’ve reached double digits. Yay! One of the bad raps Audacity gets is that editing in Audacity is destructive. That simply means that once you edit and/or put an effect on your Audacity project and then save and close the project, the edits you just did, along with the effects you just put on it, are permanent and can’t be removed. This is referred to as destructive editing. 

But did you know that non-destructive editing can be done in Audacity? Version 3.0.0 of Audacity introduced a new feature called Project Backup. In this episode, I explain how I use Project Backup as a way to eliminate destructive editing in Audacity. It’s easy and it works!

Links I mention in this episode:

-Enjoy and happy podcasting!

How to Export a Project Using a Macro (Plus a Sneak-Peek at Macros in Audacity Version 3.0.2)

IMPORTANT:
Since recording this video, Audacity version 3.0.2 has been released and is now the production version. When I recorded this video, it was still in pre-release.

In this video, I show you how to create and run a macro that will export your project as a WAV file using a keyboard shortcut and I show you where Audacity version 3.0.2 stores your macros because it’s different in version 3.0.2.

Today on the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast: New Macro Features in Audacity 3.0.0

Welcome to this 5th episode of the recently launched Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. Today, let’s talk about the new macro features in Audacity 3.0.0. I’ve started using macros to run repetitive commands within Audacity and it’s a real time saver. Unlike Office programs like Word or Excel, where you can record mouse clicks to create a macro, you have to build macros manually in Audacity. But once they’re built, it’s a pretty sweet feature.

Audacity macros aren’t new to this version of Audacity but the ability to import and export them is. This means that macros can now be easily shared. In addition, you can now put comments inside a macro to explain a step or describe the macro. These are great features if you use macros like I do. Let’s talk.

-Enjoy!

Bug Alert: The Noise Gate in Audacity Version 3.0.0 is Broken!

There’s a serious bug in the newly released Audacity 3.0.0. The Noise Gate doesn’t work! You read that correctly. I’ll say it again. The Noise Gate in Audacity 3.0.0 doesn’t work! The good news is Audacity version 3.0.1 will have the fix. In the meantime, here’s a link to the temporary fix. It’s a Nyquist plug-in that can be used until version 3.0.1 is out.

If you’re on Windows and need some help installing it, here’s the HELP PAGE.

Here’s a link to my course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced.