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.
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.
There’s a new feature in Audacity 3.0.0 that’s pretty sweet. It gives you the ability to make a quick duplicate copy of your project at any stage of production. This is good if you want to save your project at different intervals with different names (i.e. different version numbers) and keep the saved backups untouched as you forge ahead on the original project. The uses for this are almost unlimited. Let me show you how it works.
This is the first of five videos I’ll be posting on what’s new in the just-released version 3.0.0 of Audacity. This video addresses the naming convention and the new file structure in this latest version. Version 3.0.0 of Audacity saves projects with a .aup3 file name extension. This is different than previous versions of Audacity and it’s important to understand the difference, so let’s talk about it in this video.
There’s a bug in Audacity 2.4.1 that prevents you from exporting files in the M4a format. This bug is related to the ffmpeg library and it only prevents file exports to M4a. A fix is promised in version 2.4.2.