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{{ednote|'''Peter 31Jan17:''' Gale, on my passes through these FRs recently I have annotated with temporary P1s, just to make them easier to find, FRs that I think have been completed or may have been addressed. Can we move any of these to [[Completed Features]] These include:
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Intro|1=This is our '''Feature Requests''' page where suggestions from users to enhance or add new features to Audacity are logged.
*Scrubbing
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|2=To ''vote'' for a feature or suggest a new enhancement, please post to the ''"Adding Features"'' section of the [https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewforum.php?f=20 Audacity forum].
*Editing while Paused
 
*Distortion effect
 
*Gverb/Reverb
 
*Extreme Stretch (Paulstretch)
 
*Make it easier to read long track names
 
*Automatic Crossfade
 
::There may well be ''(almost certainly are)'' others
 
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'''Gale 29Jan17: I still think "Highest Rated" is arbitrary and unhelpful because it ignores subvotes within logical sections that may have high vote count.''' A notable example is "Export to directory from which original .aup or audio file loaded: (like Save Project does) ... (36 votes)" which is not in "Highest Rated" at all. There are plenty of other items with > 10 notes not in "Highest Rated". Also "Highest Rated" makes it harder to add votes, because the logical grouping of items has been split up. For example, we've now lost the connection between "Beat matching" and "adding bars and beats to the Timeline". <p>'''The subvotes (e.g. 20 of the 35 who want feature a) suggest it should be done by method b) ) may make any sorting even in a WikiTable impractical.''' The best suggestion I have is to put high votes in coloured divs, or find a way to give them some property which we can search on, and retain logical grouping.</p>
 
*'''Peter 29Jan17:'''  I started work on bubbbling-up highly voted for ones following the recent discussions about alternative tools for handling FRs ''(given that I have some spare time while the Manual is frozen/semi-freddo)''.  My POV here is that we have always had the Highest Rated ever since I've beeen with Audacity so I am just continuing that tradition. 
 
**And yes I agree that it loses the "logical grouping" but the way I see it is that if we were to reatin logical grouping we would tend to lose high-rated items in this massively TL;DR page - even with highlighting.  But I'm happy if you want to do the work of restoring these "Highest Rated" to a "loggical grouping with shading" and with a suitable search tool to find high-rated ones quickly.
 
**I do take your point about the blurring of votes when counting.  The following note is an example of one.  From this entry I have no idea of whether the 32 votes for "Save Changes on exit" includes the 17 votes for "Save Changes? on exit, subject to conditions" - so I really can't tell if this is a 32 votes or a 59 votes or some figure inbetween.  But what I van infer is that this is one of the much-voted for items and so would deserve to bubble-up or be colour coded in situ.
 
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* '''Warnings:'''
 
<div id="save_changes"></div>
 
<ul><ul><li>'''Disable "Save Changes?" on exit:''' {{votes|32}} Simple option, even if the file has been edited. Use case is importing files to play them, view them or analyze them.
 
<li> '''Disable "Save Changes?" on exit, subject to conditions:''' {{votes|17}}
 
<ul><li> If user's last action was to export the complete audio (not a selection)  {{votes|11}}
 
<li> If user had not edited the project/had only imported files {{votes|4}}   
 
<li> If user had only done "safe" editing that would not materially harm the audio, e.g. no length changes but normalizing or amplifying to "see the audio better" is allowed {{votes|2}}
 
<li> If the only content was imported files located in the system temp location {{votes|1}} </ul>
 
{{devcomment|Users are well known to delete files on import as part of their workflow. To be safe, this option must either not be exposed in Preferences (only be available by editing audacity.cfg) or be hidden behind an "Advanced" dialogue, or only be available if all the audio has just been exported.}}
 
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::*But this is a slightly specious exercise anyway ''(as I have pointed out before)'' as I don't believe that any developer ever looks at this page to decide what they might implement next (based on real life user needs). 
 
* '''Gale 29Jan17:''' I didn't notice you got any consensus on bringing some of the highest rated to top here. The Highest Rated section is now really misleading to a developer skim reading, because it "looks" complete, but obviously is not so. I think (on this page) Steve has in the past agreed with my misgivings about Highest Rated. <p>From comments on -devel e.g. Mark Young, Joel Bouchat, some developers do look at this page not for highest rated but for requests related to what they are working on (Timer Record, Chains and Exports in their case). For them at least, logical grouping is more important - an item with only a few votes may still be something they want to implement. Unfortunately because you commit all your changes individually, it's now a big task to undo what you did - if we want to undo it. I suppose I could undo it piecemeal when working on this page.</p><p>Search queries would need research or may need an extension, which Buanzo would have to approve. I don't have a specific idea right now. Coloured divs would work if you were prepared to scroll the whole page. </p><p>As a general rule, if a vote count has further indented bullets below it, those indented bullets are part of the total vote above and not additional votes. We can say 49 people want to disable save changes on exit, because 32 and 17  votes are top level bullets. We can't say "Disable "Save Changes?" on exit, subject to conditions" is 35 votes, adding votes together for the top and lower order bullets. The problem with saying 49 people want to disable save changes is that we lose the rich detail - Steve has complained before when we lumped all similar items together without noting differences in the comments. </p>
 
**'''Peter 30Jan17:''' I've been thinking about this some more and I'm coming round to thinking that organizing by "logical grouping" does seem to maker sense (particularly taking on board your comment about Mark and Joel).
 
***I was working yesterday , as you say without consensus, on my long-held understanding ''(I'm sure I saw it documented somewhere, but can't find it right now)'' that ant item with greater that 10 votes was a candidate for Highest Rated, which is why I added the others yesterday.  But I can revert that ''(see below)''.
 
****'''''Update:''''' ah now I see from editing the Highest Rated section ther is a hidden comment whicj clearly says: "Anything with '''10 or more votes''' can be moved here by cut-and-paste.  If possible, put those with the highest votes on top of the list." - so I was only following instructions ...
 
***If we do reorgaize entirely by "logical grouping" than I really would want to adopt your suggestion of a colored box to indictae the highest rated within each vertical group.  Do you want to create a new div template for suchlike, or should we just use the existing note div?
 
***Maybe we could create a custom TOC at the top to index all the highest rated items, if that's not going to be too much work to maintain.
 
***I'm thinking thatn 10+ votes is too low a threshold for highest-rated candidacy I'm thinking that 25 or 30 might be a better criterion.
 
***So my first step today will be to revert the additional promotions that I made "without consensus" into Highest rated ''(and that'll thin it out a bit)''.  But I think I'll retain the reordering I made in the pre-existing Highest Rated by vote count.  I'll experiment with removing the H3 headings that I added (as they clutter the auto TOC) and pro-tem replacing them with an enrobing note div for the items.
 
*'''Peter 30Jan17 later:''' OK so I:
 
*#restored the page to as it was before my edits yesterday ''(so no promotions)'',
 
*#ordered the Highest Rated section by vote count,
 
*#reformatted Highest Rated so that each entry stands out clearly - with a double line space between entries,
 
*#experimented with a Custom TOC ''(hidden in an ednote for now - I'll release this into the wild if you think it's useful)'',
 
*#experimented with enrobing one entry in a coloured div ''(note div for now)'',
 
*#set P1s for two entries that should be movable to [[Completed Features]]:  Scrubbing and Ediit While Paused.
 
* '''Gale 30Jan17:'''
 
** The suggestion to cut and paste Highest Rated was HTML commented out, which meant "don't do it any more for now". So I made it a visible ednote to say that explicitly.
 
** Thanks for the reversion - I forgot about overwriting with an old edit then adding back what we want to keep.
 
** I don't like the Highest Rated section being ordered with highest vote first whereas before e.g. on 06Jan17 it was not. So for example the separate but related votes for "BPM and beat timecode automatic detection and beat matching (66 votes)" and "Let the Timeline display time signature and bars/beats (36 votes)" are no longer together.
 
** I was thinking too of putting into Highest Rated anchor links to the original material and the original material is left where it is. I would go farther and make the Highest Rated section contain nothing but links. Rather than you do undo your ordering of Highest Rated by vote count, I would over time move the Highest Rated material back into the main list. This makes it *much* easier to find where to add votes.
 
** I agree 10 votes is too low for the Highest Rated threshold. Maybe 25 votes? But if we do this, the list must be complete, not selective as it is now, otherwise it is just misleading. There would be a lot of links. There are ways of collapsing the list, I think, with a collapse/expand button. Screen reader needs might need to be thought of. Or, make this Highest Rated list of links a separate page.
 
** Ideally the Highest Rated links would show the number of votes and be ordered as highest votes first. We could add an instruction to editors that if a vote count is increased to reach or exceed the threshold, add a <nowiki><div id></nowiki> and link to it in Highest Rated. If the vote count is already over the threshold and is increased, adjust the vote in the Highest Rated link and adjust the link order if needed. I don't think that is too onerous.
 
** Yes to give colouring of Highest Rated in situ a fair trial, it would probably need some special template. But at the moment I'm thinking Highest Rated as nothing but a list of links is a better solution.
 
*'''Peter 31Jan17:  Replies to Gale on how we move forward:
 
*#I now have come round to the idea of moving the Highest Rated items back into their functional categories.  I am unsure in many case of wher to move them bto so here is my suggestion: '''IF''' you annotate the Custom TOC display texts with the functional section you want them to go to, '''THEN''' I will do the work of moving them back.
 
*#'''AND''' As I move them into their functional section I will remove your temporary text and replace it in the custom TOC with a vote count.
 
*#Once that is complete it will be a neasy matter to redorder that custom TOC in any order you like simply by moving the entries around.
 
*#I've been doing some thinking about the entry-level criterion for membership of "Highest Rated" custom TOC - and I'm thinnking that while our original 10 is too low, maybe 25-30 is a bit high.  From looking at the existing list I would suggest 20 as that includes stuff that often gets mentiuoned on the Forum like "Monitoring on by default.  But then again maybe 25, as you suggest, hits a sweet-spot as we don't want an overly long HR list.
 
*#It would be an easy matter to raise the entry-level criterion at a later date by just removing them from the custom TOC (and removing any coloured box wrapped around them - if we do that.
 
*#Once we have decided on the entry-level criterion, and once the moves to functional groupings has been completed, then I will comb the rest of the FRs identifying other HR candidates giving them an ahchor and creating an entry for them in the HR custom TOC.
 
*#I'm open at the moment about whether or not we create a daughter page for highest rated custom TOC - but my inclination is to leave it here.  Let's see how long the list grows, or shrinks, to once we have done the above work and then make a call on this.
 
*# ''"Yes to give colouring of Highest Rated in situ a fair trial, it would probably need some special template"'' - OK so do you want to go ahead and create the special template and I will do the enrobing when I move each one back to its functional grouping.
 
*'''Peter 31Jan17 later:'''  Gale, I've been reading the Talk page and just noticed your suggestion from 8 years ago of splitting the page into functionally grouped daughter pages [[Talk:Feature Requests#Needs_splitting.3F|Needs Splitting]].  This is eeming like a jolly good idea to me, do we want to go ahead and do this while we are working on this key page?
 
 
 
*'''Peter 01Feb17:'''
 
*#Today I combed through the Feature Requests page for all entries with 25-plus votes.  For these I added an entry in the HR Custom TOC which incluse their vote count ''(note that that will give us two places to uodate vote counts - but I can live with that)''.
 
*#This has almost doubled the number of entries in that custom TOC, now at 5o or so entries - which leads me to thnink that 25-plus is probably the right selection criterion.
 
*#The size of this HR list reinforces my desire to implement your earlier proposal to break this page up into functional daughter pages (as I discussed yesterday in this ednote).
 
*#If we do settle on 25-plus as the eligibility criterion - then a few of the pre-existing entries will be demoted.
 
*#I'm also thinking that it would make sense to break up the Highest rated by functional grouping too.
 
*#Gale, do you want me to start moving entries back to their functional groupings, out of the Highest_Rated section?  I can probably wor out pretty well wher most of them should go - I can ask you about any I'm unsure about.
 
*#I'll start work now on adding votecounts for the pervious entries. - DONE
 
*#From looking at the relegation candidates (see below in Custom TOC) I'm thinking that we may want to set the HR eligibilty criterion to be 20-plus - thoughts?
 
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{{Intro|1=This is our '''Feature Requests''' page where users can suggest new or enhanced Audacity features. You can either add your vote for existing suggestions already listed, or add a new request. |2= You can also <span style="font-style:normal">[[Talk:Audacity Wiki Home Page|comment about the Wiki]]</span> or <span style="font-style:normal">[[Talk:Pending website changes|about the main Audacity website]]</span>.}}
 
 
 
 
 
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'''Voting and Editing:''' If you want to add a vote or request and have not done so before, please read [[Editing Feature Requests]]. You can vote without a Wiki account by emailing our [http://web.audacityteam.org/contact/#feedback feedback address].
 
 
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:*[[Completed Features|Requested features already in released versions, or available in builds from SVN HEAD]]
 
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== Highest-rated Feature Requests==
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{{note|All Feature Requests with a vote count of 20 or more qualify for a listing in the Highest Rated index here.
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== Highest-rated ==
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'''[[:Category:Feature Planning|Feature Requests]]'''  &nbsp; --> &nbsp; [[:Category:Proposal|Proposals]] &nbsp; --> &nbsp; [[:Category:Projects|Projects]] &nbsp; --> &nbsp; [[:Category:Release_Notes|Releases]]
{{advice|Note that this section is incomplete. There are other items with high vote counts in the categorised sections.
 
{{ednote|'''Peter 31Jan16:''' Once we have decided what the gatekeeper entry criterion is for entry to this exclusive club, I will do some work to comb through the FRs and add any others that qualify to this list. And remove any from here that may no longer qualify.}} }}  
 
{{ednote|Experimenting with a Custom TOC for the Highest Rated (hidden in an ednote for now). Even if we don't expose it now, it may well come in later if and when we restore the Highest-Rated entries to their various categories, we may want to retain this H2 section in those circumstances with just the Custom TOC as it would then direct the reader to the entry relocated in its category.
 
  
===Contents===
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#[[#realtime|Real-time effects {{votes|166}}]]
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#[[#punch|Punch-in and punch-out" recording {{votes|79}}]]
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#[[#multi|Multi-channel playback {{votes|77}}]]
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#[[#scrub|Scrubbing {{votes|74}}]]
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#[[#autosync|Synchronize recorded/played back tracks automatically {{votes|71}}]]
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#[[#bars_beats|BPM and beat timecode automatic detection and beat matching {{votes|66}} ]]
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|[[Feature_Requests#chains|Improvements to the "Macros" (batch processing) feature]] - ''many high-rated requests, total as shown'' || 224||  [[Feature_Requests#Automation|Automation]] || {{done}} Some enhancements ([[Automation Project]]) {{todo}} Many more possibilities.
#[[#midi|Allow direct MIDI editing/playback and incorporate MIDI sequencer''' {{votes|60}}]]
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#[[#parameterbinding|Bind particular parameters of effects to buttons or keyboard shortcuts {{votes|50}}]]
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|[[Feature_Requests#realtime|Real-time effects]] || 166 || [[Feature_Requests#Effects|Effects]] || {{done}} Basics (Effect-Preview button).  {{todo}} Full feature.
#[[#sar|Sound Activated Recording {{votes|50}}]]
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#[[#categorizeeffects|Effects Categorisation {{votes|49}}]]
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|[[Feature_Requests#multi|Multi-channel playback]] || 84 || [[Feature_Requests#Playback_Enhancements|Playback Enhancements]] ||
#[[#soundtrack|Import/play video for synchronized soundtrack editing {{votes|44}}]]
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#[[#panenvelope|Panning envelope editing {{votes|42}}]]
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|[[Feature_Requests#pdfmanual|PDF version of Manual''']] || 82 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]] || {{done}} [https://www.fosshub.com/DarkAudacity.html Draft Experimental PDF for 2.2.0 available].  Offers of help to improve on this are welcome!
#[[#timestamp|Timestamp metadata {{votes|42}}]]
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#[[#importappended|Import Appended {{votes|39}}]]
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|[[Feature_Requests#autosync|Synchronize recorded/played back tracks automatically]] || 71 || [[Feature_Requests#Playback_Enhancements|Playback Enhancements]] ||
#[[#multisound|Record from multiple sound devices at once {{votes|39}}]]
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#[[#editwhilepaused|Full editing (including effects) while paused {{votes|35}}]]
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|[[Feature_Requests#bars_beats|BPM and beat timecode automatic detection and beat matching]] || 66 || [[Feature_Requests#Effects|Effects]] ||
#[[#markers|Markers on Waveform {{votes|36}}]]
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#[[#signature|Let the Timeline display time signature and bars/beats {{votes|36}}]]
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|[[Feature_Requests#albumart|Support lyrics and album art in metadata tags]] || 62 || [[Feature_Requests#Imports_and_Exports|Imports and Exports]] ||
#[[#pedal|Control Audacity by a foot pedal {{votes|25}}]]
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|[[Feature_Requests#midi|Allow direct MIDI editing/playback and incorporate MIDI sequencer''']] || 60 || [[Feature_Requests#MIDI|MIDI]] || {{done}} Playback.  It's in 2.2.0. {{todo}} Sequencer.
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|[[Feature_Requests#sar|Sound Activated Recording pre- and post-roll: ]] || 56 || [[Feature_Requests#Recording_Enhancements|Recording Enhancements]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#nonconsecutiveinput|Choose which of multiple channels to record]] || 54 || [[Feature_Requests#Recording_Enhancements|Recording Enhancements]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#appearance|Too utilitarian/outdated/generic in appearance/hard to customise]] || 51 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]] || {{done}} [https://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/man/Themes Themes] and [[Theming_HowTo|Custom Theming]] available in 2.2.0.  More ongoing work on appearance at [https://www.facebook.com/darkaudacity/ Dark Audacity].
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|[[Feature_Requests#parameterbinding|Bind particular parameters of effects to buttons or keyboard shortcuts]] || 51 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]] || {{done}} Achievable via Macros now.  {{todo}} could be slicker.
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|[[Feature_Requests#categorizeeffects|Effects Categorization]] || 49 || [[Feature_Requests#Effects|Effects]] || {{todo}} Work started on blocks-based interface for configuring effects menu.
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|[[Feature_Requests#soundtrack|Import/play video for synchronized soundtrack editing]] || 49 || [[Feature_Requests#Imports_and_Exports|Imports and Exports]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#virtualdriver|Include Audacity's own virtual driver to record stereo mix]] || 46 || [[Feature_Requests#Recording_Enhancements|Recording Enhancements]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#globalshortcuts|Global shortcuts that operate Audacity if it does not have focus]] || 46 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#timestamp|Timestamp metadata]] || 44 || [[Feature_Requests#Imports_and_Exports|Imports and Exports]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#panenvelope|Panning envelope editing]] || 42 || [[Feature_Requests#Editing_Enhancements|Editing Enhancements]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#exportsame|Export to directory from which original .aup or audio file loaded]] || 41 || [[Feature_Requests#Imports_and_Exports|Imports and Exports]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#importappended|Import Appended]] || 39 || [[Feature_Requests#Imports_and_Exports|Imports and Exports]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#signature|Let the Timeline display time signature and bars/beats]] || 39 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]]  ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#multisound|Record from multiple sound devices at once]] || 39 || [[Feature_Requests#Recording_Enhancements|Recording Enhancements]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#repair|Repair: vastly increased length of track to be worked on/works when zoomed out]] || 37 || [[Feature_Requests#Effects|Effects]]  ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#dynamic_loop|Dynamically adjust loop playback when selection boundaries move]] || 36 || [[Feature_Requests#Playback_Enhancements|Playback Enhancements]]
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|[[Feature_Requests#markers|Markers on Waveform]] || 36 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]]  ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#cls|Control Audacity from command line]] || 33 || [[Feature_Requests#Automation|Automation]] || {{done}} Was part of the [[Automation Project]], for Audacity 2.3.0.
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|[[Feature_Requests#diasblesavechanges|Disable "Save Changes?" on exit - Simple option, even if the file has been edited.]] || 32 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#multievent|Timer Record Multi-event scheduler]] || 32 || [[Feature_Requests#Recording_Enhancements|Recording Enhancements]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#noclipping|One-step way to avoid clipping on multiple tracks]] || 30 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#grid|Grid lines: Horizontal- and also in spectrogram view]] || 29 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#microseconds|Selection Toolbar: Microseconds [µs]]] || 26 || [[Feature_Requests#Imports_and_Exports|Imports and Exports]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#pedal|Control Audacity by a foot pedal]] || 25 || [[Feature_Requests#Automation|Automation]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#scripting|Make Scripting (mod-script-pipe) available after enabling it in Preferences]] || 26 || [[Feature_Requests#Automation|Automation]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#78curves|Reinstate 78 RPM EQ curves from Audacity 1.2]] || 25 || [[Feature_Requests#Effects|Effects]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#contextmenu|More Context Menu (right-click or CTRL-click) functionality]] || 23 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#monitoring|Preference for monitoring on by default]] || 23 || [[Feature_Requests#Interface_Modifications|Interface Modifications]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#nondestructiveedit|Non-destructive (non-linear) editing]] || 22 || [[Feature_Requests#Editing_Enhancements|Editing Enhancements]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#rip&burn|CD Rip and Burn]] || 22 || [[Feature_Requests#Unclassified_Feature_Requests|Unclassified Feature Requests]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#sar|Sound Activated Recording: segment each recording event: ]] || 21 || [[Feature_Requests#Recording_Enhancements|Recording Enhancements]] ||
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|[[#favorites|Include "Favorites" folder at the top for frequently used plug-ins]] || 21 || [[Feature_Requests#Effects|Effects]] || (either autogenerated and sorted by number of calls, or user-added) ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#normalizationrms|Normalization Replay Gain (RMS)]] || 20 || [[Feature_Requests#Effects|Effects]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#per_track_meta|Store metadata for each imported file]] ||20 || [[Feature_Requests#Other Import/Exports|Other Import/Exports]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#punch|Non-destructive Punch-in recording]] || 20 || [[Feature_Requests#Recording_Enhancements|Recording Enhancements]] ||
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|[[Feature_Requests#mouse|Configurable mouse bindings]] || 20 || [[Feature_Requests#pref|Preferences]] ||
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{{ednote|'''Peter 01Feb17:''' If we settle on 25-plus as the eligibility ceriterion, the netries in this section will be relegated. A couple od these look like we may we to keep them visible - so we may want yo make 20-plus the eligibility criterion.}}
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== Segmenting Tracks  ==
#[[#rip&burn|CD Rip and Burn {{votes|22}}]]
 
#[[#contextmenu|More Context Menu (right-click or CTRL-click) functionality {{votes|22}}]]
 
#[[#monitoring|reference for monitoring on by default {{votes|21}}]]
 
#[[#extreme stretch|Extreme Stretch {{votes|16}}]]
 
#[[#video|Import audio from video files/transport streams {{votes|14}}]]
 
#[[#noterecog|Note recognition: WAV or MP3 to MIDI capabilities {{votes|12}}]]
 
#[[#importmidi|Allow direct import of MIDI files into Projects as sampled audio waveforms {{votes|14}}]]
 
#[[#rtplot|Real time plot when playing audio {{votes|12}}]]
 
  
{{ednote|'''Peter 01Feb17:''' the following ones have been added today - they have no entries in the Highest-Rated section apart from their listing here in the custom TOC. }}
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* '''Automatic segmentation during Record:''' {{votes|10}} Automatically segments the audio being recorded into another track upon meeting the user defined settings for "silence" length, threshold level and number of track to be split.  
#[[#scripting|Make Scripting (mod-script-pipe) available after enabling it in Preferences, without having to compile Audacity and the scripting module {{votes|25}} ]]
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{{devcomment|The best way to do this might be to add labels at the track splits, which fits in with other requests to label points where Sound Activated Recording pauses when the audio falls below the specified threshold.}}   
#[[#cls|Control Audacity from command line {{votes|33}} ]]
 
#[[#chains|Chains: Include features dependent on selecting regions (e.g. trim, fades) {{votes|51}}]]
 
#[[#reverb|Better, built-in reverb above the divider {{votes|52}} ]]
 
#[[#78curves|Reinstate 78 RPM EQ curves from Audacity 1.2 {{votes|25}} ]]
 
#[[#fadeinout|Fade In/Fade Out {{votes|27}} ]]
 
#[[#repair|Repair: vastly increased length of track to be worked on/works when zoomed out {{votes|37}} ]]
 
#[[#unitaryproject|Smaller-sized and/or more unified project storage {{votes|29}} ]]
 
#[[#albumart|Support lyrics and album art in metadata tags {{votes|52}} ]]
 
#[[#pdfmanual|PDF version of Manual''' {{votes|82}} ]]
 
#[[#microseconds|Selection Toolbar: Microseconds [µs] {{votes|26}} ]]
 
#[[#coloredtracks|Assign different colors to individual tracks, clips or regions {{votes|42}} ]]
 
#[[#customwave|User-customised waveform colors for RMS and background to improve contrast {{votes|31}} ]]
 
#[[#grid|Grid lines: Horizontal- and also in spectrogram view {{votes|25}} ]]
 
#[[#globalshortcuts|Global shortcuts that operate Audacity if it does not have focus but don't return focus to Audacity. {{votes|43}} ]]
 
#[[#exportsame|Export to directory from which original .aup or audio file loaded (like Save Project does) {{votes|36}} ]]
 
#[[#diablesavechanges|Disable "Save Changes?" on exit - Simple option, even if the file has been edited. {{votes|32}} ]]
 
#[[#noclipping|One-step way to avoid clipping on multiple tracks {{votes|30}} ]]
 
#[[#betterupdate|Better ability to update {{votes|45}} ]]
 
#[[#appearance|Too utilitarian/outdated/generic in appearance/hard to customise {{votes|51}} ]]
 
#[[#smoothscrolling|Smoother Track scrolling on Playback {{votes|31}} ]]
 
#[[#multievent|Timer Record Multi-event scheduler {{votes|29}} ]]
 
#[[#virtualdriver|Include Audacity's own virtual driver to record stereo mix {{votes|46}} ]]
 
}}
 
{{ednote|We used to have a hint here that anything with 10 or more votes could be moved into Highest Rated by cut-and-paste and "if possible, put those with the highest votes on top of the list". This isn't ideal because it separates features and subvotes for features that were previously together. For now, we want to try to retain the list ordering and find another way to show features with highest votes.}}   
 
  
<div id="realtime"></div>
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* '''Beat Finder Improvements''':
* Allow '''[[RealTimeAdjustment|real-time effects]]'''  {{votes|166}}
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** See "BPM Detection" in [[#Highest-rated|Highest-rated]]  
<!-- The first two requests below should total to the same as the root vote for real-time effects-->
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** Search for periodicities, let user refine and add time measures, then redo with probability/interpolation bases on added information. Use the corrected beats and a dynamics analysis to detect musical structures like verse, refrain. See [[Beat Finder Improvements]] for details.
** '''Real-time effect preview sufficient as a first step''' {{votes|102}} 
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** '''Create regions encompassing each beat''' by inputting a BPM (maybe include auto-dedection of the BPM), see [http://hdimage.org/images/csgys65npvbd6dpqaz9h.png image]. The region can then be moved, duplicated etc. as normal to create loops or re-mixes easily.  
** '''Should include applying effects whenever playing or recording/monitoring''' {{votes|64}}
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<ul>{{devcomment|This could be quite a powerful idea when Audacity supports multiple label selection, [[#paste|Paste Special]] and/or [[GSoC Ideas 2008#Intuitive cross-fading|intuitive crossfade]].}}</ul> 
*** Allow disabling real-time for a selected track as in REAPER.{{votes|5}}
 
** Stomp box/guitar effects: {{votes|3}} - one of the most useful features of Diamond Cut 7.
 
** could allow effect intensity/LADSPA plug-in parameters to be varied too?
 
** Panning while recording {{votes|5}}  
 
** include something similar to the envelope tool to adjust the effect parameters?
 
  
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* '''Clips:'''
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** '''Allow left-click in track to snap to or retain split line not delete it:''' {{votes|12}} For example, right-click to remove the split-line, as is done to remove the cut line.
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* '''Snap to editing cursor''' and show Boundary Snap Guide {{votes|2}}
  
<div id="punch"></div>
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* '''Export Multiple:'''
* '''"Punch-in and punch-out" recording:''' {{votes|79}} - one of
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** {{done}} '''(version 2.4.2) Checkbox in dialog to pass metadata through to all exported files automatically:''' if identical tags wanted for all files, saves having to (remember to) File > Open Metadata Editor to add tags before export. {{votes|59}}  
** '''Not further specified or "destructive":''' {{votes|59}} - a quick destructive punch that changes the existing audio data in the track, usually overwriting a section of it, but can also refer to inserting a new recording after the cursor rather than replacing any of the existing recording.
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** '''File name prefix should have leading zeros''' for operating systems which don't have natural number sort (otherwise track 10 comes before track 2 etc).  {{votes|3}}
<ul>{{devcomment|While convenient, this is not as flexible as recording on another track, which lets you adjust the timeline position of the new recording precisely (once made) then cross-fade it so it sounds seamless.}}
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** '''Choice of minimum number of digits for numbering''' {{votes|2}}  
<ul><li> '''Non-destructive punch:''' {{votes|20}} some idea like Audition punch in that allows you to store multiple punch-in takes, or ProTools Non-Destructive Record.
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** '''Store last used state of "Include audio before first label"''' as for "Name files" buttons {{votes|2}}  
<ul><li> '''Punch-in needs pre-roll:''' {{votes|11}} "With punch and roll, I would pause the recording when I made an error, use the mouse to select an insertion point. Then I would hit a shortcut key that automatically gave me 3-5 seconds of pre-roll playback to hear my lead in, then shifts to record mode at the insertion point. This is just three commands: pause, insert point, function key. The fewer keystrokes, the more efficient."
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** {{done}} '''Checkbox "Do not export audio before zero"''' as per straight export: {{votes|4}} If unechecked, exports audio before zero and includes any trailing white space before zero as silence.
<ul><li> '''Pre-roll only needed when overdubbing''' {{votes|7}}</ul></ul></ul>
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** '''Checkbox "Normalize on export"''' {{votes|1}} Use case is for e.g. live concert destined for individual files
{{ednote|1= '''Steve:''' We need to distinguish between "destructive" and "non-destructive" punch-in recording. New users often mean destructive punch-in recording (like with a tape recorder), but this is '''''an extraordinarily bad idea'''''. More advanced users generally mean non-destructive punch-in (like other DAW applications). Non-destructive punch-in recording would be very much harder to implement as it requires building in the concepts of "virtual tracks" and "track groups" into Audacity, which do not currently exist. I would be very much in favour of non-destructive punch-in recording but very strongly opposed to destructive punch-in.
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** '''Enumerate files in single progress dialog''' to say "exporting 1 of 5", "2 of 5...", not string of "exporting entire Project" dialogs. Still needed, even though 2.x now gives the name of the file currently being exported {{votes|12}}
*'''Gale:''' Thanks, Steve. I have now split the votes as I can best determine and added yours and Koz's vote for "non-destructive". I'd still like to be clearer why user could not undo the punch-in if it was bad; and if they re-recorded into the same selection repeatedly, they can then cycle through the undo stack to pick the "best" take. Of course they have more potential hassle with the transitions. Why is append-record or generating at the cursor point in the middle of a track not bad? Can we force the recording cursor to start from a zero crossing? Of course another (easier to implement) approach might to leave the recording in its own track and have a one-click cross fade.
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** '''Support "Use Custom Mix"''' {{votes|6}} 
**'''Steve:''' Append Record in not a problem because it is single ended. If the "join" does not match up exactly then it's a simple matter to edit it. On the other hand a punch-in recording needs to fit precisely into a pre-defined "hole". I have posted a more comprehensive reply on the forum. http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=199384#p199384
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** '''Remaining time for entire process, not (just) for each file''' {{votes|4}}
}}
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** {{done}}''' "Overwrite existing files" off by default:''' {{votes|3}}  
 
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*** {{done}} '''but remembers previous state''' {{votes|2}}
 
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** '''"Success" dialog should not have same title as main Export Multiple dialog''' {{votes|2}} Use case is this makes it possible to script actions based on the unique window title (and it "could" be argued as bad design to have two identically titled dialogs).
<div id="multi"></div>
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<ul>{{devcomment|Possible title could be "Export Multiple (Results)" - the title must include the phrase "Export Multiple" IMO - Gale}} 
* '''Multi-channel playback''' {{votes|77}}
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<ul><li> '''Skip export of selected labels''' {{votes|1}}
** mix down to '''Dolby''' 5.1, 7.1, 10.2, 64.4 etc. or standard old-fashioned electroacoustic 4 and 8 channel circular arrays){{votes|2}}
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<li>'''Button to export to current project location''' {{votes|1}} </ul></ul>
** Should include a patch panel to define routing of multi-channel audio to specific channels of a multi-channel device.{{votes|5}}
 
** allows adding an extra output channel for timecode sync when editing audio of a video.
 
** could allow routing of inputs to outputs
 
** '''Playback to multiple devices simultaneously''' {{votes|2}}
 
  
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<div id="labels"></div>
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* '''Labels:'''
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** '''Multi-Label-Select:''' Ability to select multiple (not necessarily adjacent) labels (such as with control-click or shift-click) {{votesdate|11|23May18}}
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*** Should work on point labels, too, thereby selecting regions between labels. {{votes|5}}
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*** Also there could be commands to select multiple label regions or to ignore specified labels. [[Select multiple label regions and invert selection|See extra detail here]].
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*** '''Play Labels Only:''' Play clipped in or labelled regions only - standard feature on professional audio editing systems. skipping the non-selected regions.  This feature would be useful for comparing two regions of an audio file without delay between their playback.{{votes|5}}
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*** '''Change font size/color for selected text in labels''' {{votesdate|7|02Nov17}}
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*** '''Multiple select must work in Edit Labels too''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Invert labels:''' {{votes|2}} Replace current labels with new labels that start from the end of the previous label to the start of the next label. If two of the original labels touch (but don't overlap), they will be replaced with a point label at the point where they meet.
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** '''Snap labels to:'''
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***'''Other labels''' {{votes|11}}
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***'''Editing cursor''' {{votes|7}}
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***'''Clips''' {{votes|5}}
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***'''Selection boundary''' {{votes|3}}
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** '''Mark-in and mark-out points''':  As per video editors, "I" sets Edit In Point and "O" sets Edit Out Point. Should use zero-crossing accuracy. Doesn't matter what you do between those two actions; once you press "O", everything between "I" and "O" is selected. {{votes|12}} 
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** '''Easy way to select a region between labels''' {{votes|9}}
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<ul>{{devcomment|Would the interface changes required be worth it when there is an easy solution now? Click where you want to "mark in" (can be in an existing point-label) and hold SHIFT while clicking where you want to "mark out"; a region is drawn between the click points. Currently, the SHIFT-click can't be in a label, it has to be in the waveform, but shift-clicking between labels could be added. Also see [[NavigationTips#Marking cut regions or points|Marking cut regions or points]].}}
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<ul><li> '''Moving a label draws original and current edge(s) in waveform''' without having to select the label {{votes|7}}
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<li> '''Right-click functionality:''' {{votes|3}}
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<ul>
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<li> '''Add label''' {{votes|2}} </ul>
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<li> '''Moving a label moves the audio:''' {{votes|2}}
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<li> {{done}} '''More distinction between region and point labels when zoomed out:''' {{votes|4}} so that Export Multiple does not produce a few milliseconds of audio if you accidentally drag a point label when zoomed in.</ul>
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{{devcomment|There already is the distinction that zoomed out and selected, the minimal region label will show no vertical line in the waveform and a double arrowhead in the Timeline, versus vertical line and single arrowhead for a point label. Still, it seems a reasonable addition for a point label to have a different-colored vertical line in label track and waveform.}}
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<ul><li> '''Labels include metadata''' {{votes|6}} - not a request for cue sheet support, instead this gives a way in compilation albums to pass other than track Title and Track Number to Metadata Editor
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<li>'''Automatic label text during playback/recording:''' {{votes|3}} When using Add Label at Playback Position, provide an option to populate labels automatically with pre-defined text then close the label. Provide an option to increment the entered numbers or letters. 
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<li> '''Import label by simply drag-and-drop label file''' {{votes|1}} </ul></ul>
  
<div id="scrub"></div>
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<ul><ul><li>'''Expand-to-silence:''' {{votes|2}} expand selection command expands the selection leftwards and rightwards until silence between songs or beginning/end of track is found  </ul></ul>
{{note|1=
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<ul>{{devcomment|Also see the [[Use_Cases#"Books on tape", field recordings, etc.|"Books on tape..." Use Cases]] for similar ideas.}} </ul>
'''Scrubbing:''' {{votes|74}} - one of:
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<ul><ul><li>'''Expand-to-non-silence:''' {{votes|3}} Double-click any point in a "silence" to automatically select the complete silence - useful for voice editing. </ul></ul>
* '''Basic functionality:''' Drag playback position left/right while playing (no effect until drop), or just click a position bar to skip to new position. {{votes|29}} Common in audio players, for example Foobar. Allows to judge the end of (long) selections without having to play repeatedly. it would be nice to see it implemented how sony soundforge has it implemented with Keyboard Shortcuts to Toggle Timeline Scrub Mode JKL shuttle.
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<ul>{{devcomment|In Audacity 2.x, Analyze > Silence Finder labels silence, and Effect > Truncate Silence can remove these silences.}}</ul>
*'''Audio reproduction while dragging/playing:''' {{votes|45}} Drag cursor back and forth across a particular point and hear the audio as a function of the direction and speed of the cursor. Allows to zero in on the beginning of a plosive syllable or other distinctive sound as an edit point. Precisely analogous to rocking the tape back and forth on the playback head of a recorder. Could also have a preset speed using Fast Forward/Rewind buttons.
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<ul><ul><li> '''Minimum distance between labels''' {{votes|6}} similar to Nero Wave Editor it can be very handy when handling large amount of spoken audio</ul>
*Here is a demonstration of Paul L's experimental implementation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rrDOhj_4GY
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{{devcomment|1=There is an experimental modification to Silence Finder [https://forum.audacityteam.org/download/file.php?id=1545 here]}}
<ul>{{devcomment|There is a hotkey B for play to selection and various alternative means of playback navigation in Audacity 2.x, such as CTRL + click to skip playback position. Also, rapidly using repeated left or right arrow presses sound quite like reproduction while dragging, even though audio stops between arrow presses - see [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/navigation_tips.html Navigation Tips].}}</ul>
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<ul><li> '''Count the number of silences''' produced to cross-check with number of tracks on an LP or cassette {{votes|1}} </ul>
{{ednote|'''Peter 30Jan17:''' Experimenting here with enrobing this entry in a coloured div, a note div for now, but we may want a specialized template.<p>[[ToDo-1]] Surely we can remove this from here and move it to Completed Features?</p>}}
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<ul><li> '''Unified Silence Finder and Sound Finder:''' {{votes|4}} Discussed many times before but never resolved. See https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=212445#p212445.
}}
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<ul><li> '''Parameters must be saved''' so that it launches in last used Sound or Silence mode  {{votes|2}} </ul></ul>
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<ul><li> '''New Label Track name defaults to Current Track name''' {{votesdate|1|30Mar17}} When a new label track is created then its name should default to that of the currently selected (audio?) track to which the labels relate.  The currently selected track is the most likely to be relevant to the label track.  If there are multiple unnamed Audio Tracks, then it doesn't matter what name the label track defaults to since, if the name is of any concern anyway, then it will need to be renamed anyway. It is just as easy to rename it from 'Audio Track' as it is to rename it from 'Label Track' - both are equally un-useful. </ul>
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{{devcomment|If there is more than one audio track, it may not be obvious which to choose for the label name. If all the audio tracks are called the default "Audio Track" then Label Track should not be called "Audio Track".}}</ul>
  
<div id="autosync"></div>
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* '''Time Shift Tool'''
* '''Synchronize recorded/played back tracks automatically''' without Time Shift tool or Preferences adjustment, for example using MTC/SMPTE with Audacity either as Master or Slave {{votes|71}}
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** '''Move Cursor Too!''' Cursor within the track being moved should move with the track, not stay at same time point. {{votes|1}} Additionally, if this cursor extended over other visible tracks, it would make it much easier to line up one track with the others. <ul>{{devcomment|You can extend the cursor through all tracks by holding down SHIFT then clicking in the [https://web.audacityteam.org/onlinehelp-1.2/menu_track.htm Track Control Panels] of the other tracks.}}</ul>
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<ul><ul><li>'''Allow overlapping clips''' as in CoolEdit, but give overlap a different color {{votes|1}}
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<li> '''Lock-beyond:''' {{votes|2}} Set a lock point beyond which tracks cannot be dragged. Could be set in current direction of travel or by right-click menu. '''Use Case:''' Set maximum length in a project with many overlapping tracks where you may not be able to see the end (bottom) of the project.
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<li> '''An individual track locking capability''' to prevent inadvertent time shifting or changes to previously edited tracks
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<li> '''Allow shifting by less than distance between samples'''  {{votes|1}}  
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<li> '''Allow shifting while audio playing''' {{votes|1}} as in Cool Edit Pro </ul>
  
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<div id="cue_sheets"></div>
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* '''Export cue sheets''' from labels e.g. for CD burning (and/or text file compatible with shntool) {{votesdate|16|06May17}}
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** '''MP3 cue sheets''' {{votes|1}} for example compatible with MP3Cue
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{{devcomment|There is a Java-based tool called [http://sourceforge.net/projects/label2cue/ label2cue] that converts Audacity's exported text files containing label information to cue information. Instructions for use of label2cue and details of other similar tools are [[Cue sheets|here]].}}
  
<div id="bars_beats">
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* '''Import cue sheets''' to labels e.g. to add internet database information to files. {{votesdate|5|27Sep19}}  
* '''BPM and beat timecode automatic detection and beat matching''' {{votes|66}}
 
  
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<div id="lrc_files"></div>
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* '''Export lrc files''' from label track to be able to create song lyric files from inside audacity. {{votes|1}}
  
<div id="midi"></div>
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*'''Split to multiple projects:''' Split the project into smaller multiple projects by labels, similar to the "Export Multiple" command. Each project retains the per-track labels of the original single project. {{votes|10}}
* Allow direct '''MIDI editing/playback''' and incorporate '''midi sequencer''' {{votes|60}}
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** '''Save selection as new project:''' {{votes|3}}
** It doesn't make a lot of sense to add support for MIDI files if Audacity can't also be used as a sequencer. Obviously this would take some time, but if sufficiently developed would make Audacity competitive even with ProTools and Sonar!
 
** If MIDI tracks are eventually supported, it would be neat to include a piano roll and notation window in the future.
 
  
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== Frequency Analysis Capabilities ==
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===Plot Spectrum ===
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{{Hint|There are many additional single-vote suggestions at [[Suggested Frequency Analysis Capabilities]]. If any there especially appeal to you, please cut and paste them below and include your own vote for them.}}
  
<div id="parameterbinding"></div>
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* '''User-defined minimum dB level, but not via meter/waveform dB preference:''' {{votes|14}} This is too inflexible, and non-obvious to the user. Also given the (generally better) normalization compared to 1.2, this leaves you with an empty plot when looking at low level audio, e.g white noise at -75 dB is not visible with Preferences set at -96 dB. Set a default minimum that can never leave user with an empty plot, but let user move the minimum if they wish. 
* '''Bind particular parameters of effects to buttons or keyboard shortcuts:''' e.g. one for amplify + 3 dB, another -3 dB, another to Compress with -6 dB threshold {{votes|50}}
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** '''Text box input for lowest visible level''' {{votes|6}}  
** Effects for which this has been requested: Amplify; Change Speed; Fade In/Out; Generate Tone; Insert Silence; Noise Removal; Normalize; Repair; DC removal ; Chris' Compressor
 
<ul>{{devcomment|To avoid running out of shortcuts/frequently changing parameters, one of the shortcuts should be to use the last used setting. Perhaps now that we have effects presets, the dialogue would actually use or create presets.}}</ul>
 
  
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<div id="rtplot"></div>
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* '''Real time plot when playing audio:''' {{votesdate|13|07Mar17}} Or, in view of the CPU demands of calculating the spectrum, have Audacity do plot spectrum at given time intervals. {{devcomment|Plotting spectrum while recording would likely be impractical due to the risk of errors writing the recording data.}}
  
<div id="sar"></div>
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* '''Option to turn off auto-scaling:''' which sets the top and bottom of the dB scale according to the "significant" level measured {{votes|7}}. User can then save their own maximum and minimum by text box in Plot Spectrum, a preference or sliders. Use case is easy comparison of different plots.  
* '''Sound Activated Recording (SAR)'''
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** '''Pre- and post-roll duration:''' {{votes|50}} define a duration to be recorded before the threshold-level sound occurs, and similarly a duration to be recorded after the input falls back below the threshold. Requires buffering of the recording for pre-roll, but is expected behaviour for this type of tool.  
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* '''Zoomable/pannable sliders''' {{votes|13}}  
** '''Post-roll (say 4 seconds) on its own:''' {{votes|6}} For example this would allow realistic recording of dialog - it may be sufficient or easier to implement
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** '''Absolute minimum dB could still be set by Meter/Waveform dB Preference''', but use slider to set minimum within that. {{votes|1}}
** '''Post roll of up to 5 minutes on its own for radio recording''' {{votes|2}}  
 
** '''Ignore silent periods''' option with configurable interval {{votes|4}} (Use cases: archiving tapes in their entirety complete with inter-track gaps; starting a recording on sound detection then recording until manually stopped irrespective of level)
 
<ul>{{devcomment|Probably can be done in the post-roll? If the post-roll period was active when the level rose above the threshold again, recording would resume.}} 
 
<ul><li> '''Continue to record silence where input falls below the Sound Activation Level''' {{votes|1}} This makes the recording continuous (e.g. keeping it synced with video that was being recorded at the same time) but makes cleanly separated segments where recording was above the threshold.
 
<li> '''Segment each recording event''' {{votes|20}}
 
<ul><li> with labels {{votes|15}} - labels could contain either the length of preceding pause, or date and time when recording started/resumed
 
<li> with clip lines {{votes|1}}</ul>
 
<li> '''Report system clock times for each recording event (other than in labels):''' {{votes|9}}
 
<ul><li> Display on Timeline (for example, empty space) {{votes|3}}
 
<li> in Show Log
 
<li> in exported text file via button in Recording preferences (data only retained per session)</ul>
 
<li> '''Adjustable start-time''' {{votes|2}}</ul>
 
{{devcomment|This is already possible if you turn on Sound Activated Recording and then start Timer Record. You just have to set an appropriate duration (not end time, obviously ) so that recording doesn't stop before you want it to}}
 
<ul><li>'''Show SAR status in Status Bar''' {{votes|1}}
 
<li>'''Show SAR level on VU Meters''' {{votes|3}}
 
<li> Add more detailed comments [[VoiceActivated|here]]</ul></ul>
 
  
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* '''Select any area on the grid and release mouse to zoom in on it''' {{votes|1}}
  
<div id="categorizeeffects"></div>
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* '''Normalization presets''' {{votes|10}} Understandable default called e.g. "music" that gives a result like 1.2 plot, so that a section with most samples close to 0 dB peaks near to 0 dB in the spectrum, not at -20 dB
<div id="Effects_Categorisation"></div>
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*'''Effects Categorization:''' Allow the effects dropdown menu capable of sub-folders or categorisation so that the user can organize his plug-ins however he wishes. {{votes|49}}
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* '''User-defined frequency bands:''' {{votes|13}} CoolEdit/Audition allow this. Use case: the most relevant region for music is 20 to 8000 Hz. Could be done by:
** '''Include "Favorites" folder at the top for frequently used plug-ins''' (either autogenerated and sorted by number of calls, or user-added) {{votes|21}}
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** Zoomable/pannable frequency axis {{votes|10}}  
** '''Only two levels deep:''' (Effects > Category), not 3 levels as tried before (Effects > Category > Sub Category). Sub categories are just too fiddly and too much clicking. With just one level of categories, the menu will open by hovering the mouse, making locating a specific effect much quicker and easier. {{votes|7}}
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** Text box for frequency cutoff point {{votes|4}} For example the user could type in 1000 to see the frequency range of the spectrum from 0 to 1000 Hz. That parallels with the choice in Spectrograms  preferences.  
** '''Preference to turn categorisation off''' {{votes|5}}
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** '''Fully user-customisable categories and sorting of entries''' {{votes|5}}  
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* '''Export spectrum graph as an image''' {{votes|7}}  
*** '''Ability to assign one effect to multiple categories:''' {{votes|1}} such as a saturation compressor to both Compressor and Distortion categories.
 
** '''Detect/display subfolders of the "Plug-Ins" folder as categories:''' {{votes|6}} So if you have a folder called /Plug-Ins/MyEffects/ the menu shows Effects > MyEffects > (effects in the MyEffects folder).
 
<ul>{{devcomment|How does this work for plug-ins in system folders?}}</ul>
 
<ul><ul><li>'''Must support VST plug-ins''' {{votes|5}}
 
<ul><li>'''Must include VST plug-ins in system folders''' {{votes|4}} </ul>
 
<li> '''Manipulate effects with a dialog box''' that has all plug-ins on the left hand side, an empty box on the right hand side, with "New Group...", "Delete Group", "Rename Group", "OK", "Cancel" buttons below, and arrows ">>" and "<<" in the middle, to move plug-ins between groups. {{votes|2}}
 
<li>  '''Multiple ''columns'' for different groups of effects''' {{votes|1}} </ul></ul>
 
<ul>{{devcomment|1.3.6 Beta had incomplete categorisation of Nyquist and LADSPA plug-ins. Categorisation has a penalty in more difficult navigation, and was withdrawn from 1.3.7 until there is (at least) a way to turn it on and off.}}</ul>
 
  
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* '''Exported plot file should have metadata:''' {{votes|5}} giving current plot window settings and a timestamp.
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** Should also include path to project file {{votes|1}}
  
<div id="soundtrack"></div>
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* '''Manage plot files:''' {{votes|2}} import or edit the files within Plot Spectrum window.
*'''Import/play video for synchronized soundtrack editing''' {{votes|44}} No need for Audacity to edit the video. Alternatively, Audacity could send/receive SMPTE or MTC timecode data e.g. to VLC or mplayer.
 
** '''Standalone SMPTE reader useful in own right''' {{votes|1}} e.g. for reading time track on an analog tape deck. 
 
** '''Existing Timeline must show audio behind zero''' {{votes|1}}
 
** '''Video window should have video timeline''' but Audacity window should not need separate video timeline {{votes|1}}
 
  
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* '''Longer analyzable length than 10485760 samples:''' {{votes|3}}
 +
** '''Preference or option for analyzable length:''' {{votes|1}}
  
<div id="panenvelope"></div>
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* '''Overwrite or append choice for exported plot file:''' {{votes|3}}
* '''Panning envelope editing''' (this is a really basic thing that is sorely needed in the current version {{votes|42}}
 
  
 +
* '''Exported file should identify each peak and cursor position''' {{votes|3}}
  
<div id="timestamp"></div>
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* '''Export maximum peak amplitude for each FFT bin rather than the average peak amplitude:''' {{votes|2}} This means that the result will be identical whatever length of absolute silence is included in the selection. This might make a momentary frequency too loud everywhere else if you EQ'd against a such a plot, but if the average and maximum peaks were very different, this could usefully indicate possible faults in the recording.
* '''Timestamp metadata'''
 
**'''[http://cartchunk.org:8080/introduc.htm CART]''' metadata as used by radio stations There are several thousand users of Audacity who would find it convenient to have all the labeling of tracks done at the production stage rather then the 2 stages required now {{votes|4}}
 
**'''BWF:''' Support reading/exporting embedded timestamp information in Broadcast WAV files ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcast_Wave_Format BWF]) {{votes|42}} See http://www.blitter.com/~russtopia/MIDI/~jglatt/tech/wave.htm and http://www.sonicspot.com/guide/wavefiles.html for general information 
 
*** cue chunks {{votes|6}}
 
*** smpl chunks {{votes|4}}
 
*** levl chunk for quick waveform visualisation (new addition to BWF as per http://tech.ebu.ch/docs/tech/tech3285s3.pdf) {{votes|3}} 
 
*** plst chunks {{votes|2}}
 
*** Origination time {{votes|2}}
 
*** One reason Audacity fails to support important metadata is that it does not support export of an [http://digitalcontentproducer.com/mag/video_aes_standard AES-31] compliant Audio Decision List (ADL)<ul><ul>{{devcomment|It's about priorities and to what extent mainline Audacity should support features the majority of users would not avail themselves of (even if they are "standards"). An equal case could be made for adding support for the [http://cartchunk.org:8080/introduc.htm CART] metadata chunk required by radio stations.}}</ul></ul>
 
<ul><ul><ul><li> Timestamp metadata is essential for working on projects of longer duration (interviews, news gathering, live recording, podcasts, etc). There are dozens of digital recorders that support BWF timestamp metadata. Leaving such features out of Audacity effectively excludes a large potential audience from using Audacity.</li>
 
<li>As a workaround, I have just written a [[Importing Timestamp Information|python program]] that reads the WAV file in BWF format produced by the M-Audio Microtrack recorder, and generates a text file that can be imported as a label track into Audacity via Tracks > Edit Labels.(The hardest part was to search for the information on WAV chunk formats.[[User:Guenterrote|Guenterrote]] 21:53, 9 March 2010 (CST)
 
<li>Also for recording directly with Audacity this feature would be helpful. In the [http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Alternative_Editing_Method Librivox wiki] they recommend to click (with tongue or so) after each error so you can find back easily these "auditive markers" while editing. This idea is very handy, but clumsy. Better would be that you could press a key which then sets a marker on the soundtrack.</ul>
 
{{devcomment|If you have a finger free to press a key (or a foot if you have a foot pedal that delivers mouse clicks) then just change the Audacity shortcut for "Add Label at Playback Position" to some key that's easy to hit The comment is only relevant if you want to export an audio file with embedded markers.}} </li></ul></ul>
 
  
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* '''Remember window height/width across sessions''' {{votes|5}} 
  
<div id="importappended"></div>
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* '''More distinctive cursor line''' {{votes|3}} bolder, different color to grid lines or partly transparent 
* '''Import Appended:''' {{votes|39}} Import multiple files end-to-end in a single track. Would allow re-assembly/re-processing of LP/tape recordings for which no Audacity project exists. Also allows to import multiple tracks for CD assembly <p>Possible Enhancements:</p>
 
** with labels containing their file names
 
<ul>{{devcomment|1=If not labeled, it will be important for many use cases that the imported files remain as separate audio clips.}}</ul>
 
<ul><ul><li> ability to import the multiple files (or even a single file) at cursor position</ul>
 
{{devcomment|1=You can always Project > Import Audio and SHIFT + click or CTRL + click to select and import multiple files into a project as separate tracks. There is no automated process beyond that. No players can read the labels in the joined track other than Audacity - they aren't bookmarks in that sense, as there is no agreed standard for reading divisions within files. The labels can be exported to form the basis of a cue sheet.<p>A [http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=59528 Nyquist plug-in] is available to test which can import multiple WAV or AIFF files end-to-end from a directory or from a list of files, starting from either time zero or from the cursor position.</p>}}
 
<ul><li>'''Import new track at cursor position simpler/more important''' {{votes|3}}</ul></ul>
 
  
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* '''Alternative plot from cursor point:''' {{votes|2}} like CoolEdit, without having to select a region. Audacity could internally select the region length/position.
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{{devcomment| Audacity 2.x by default selects "all" on no selection, so an exception would have to be allowed for Plot Spectrum. Also, region selection must still be offered for those analyzing a specific note.}}
  
<div id="multisound"></div>
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* '''Multiple spectra window:''' {{votes|13}} Plot multiple spectra for different tracks/regions in the same project e.g. Audition has four buttons to hold spectra. Currently different spectra must be in different projects. Multiple plots in different colors in the same window would aid comparing spectra.
* '''Record from multiple sound devices at once''' {{votes|39}}  
 
** enables recording from multi-channel cards that present themselves as multiple stereo devices rather than one multi-channel device {{votes|19}}
 
*** allow per-track choice of recording device, thus allowing to set the sampling rate, depth and number of channels for a track before recording
 
*** choose whether to select track for recording or not
 
<ul><ul>{{devcomment|1=This theoretical solution is really for Windows where you need ASIO drivers for multi-channel recording but release builds of Audacity can't include ASIO support. Try building Audacity with ASIO support (for your own private non-distributable use only) or find a sound device that uses EWDM drivers. See this Wiki page on [http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Multichannel_Recording multi-channel recording]}}
 
<li> gives superior quality to using stereo mix to do this, see [http://software.muzychenko.net/eng/vac.htm Virtual Audio Cable]  {{votes|6}}
 
<li>'''allow recording from multiple USB devices at same time'''  {{votes|8}} e.g. an interview with two USB mics, DJ with two USB turntables
 
<li> '''Allow multiple input devices with broad definitions''' that would each be added to device toolbar and each individually defined. One could be from a PCI card's input mic port, another from that same card's output speaker port, and another from a USB card's input mic port. Thus eliminating the need to rely on expensive professional multichannel hardware / drivers or stereo mix drivers. {{votes|2}}</ul></ul>
 
  
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* '''Plot cepstrum, energy, etc. offline:''' {{votes|1}} Plot cepstrum and other indicators at given time intervals.
  
<div id="editwhilepaused"></div>
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* '''Plot human frequency response curve (how humans hear frequencies)''' overlaid with the frequency spectrum {{votes|1}}  
{{ednote|'''Peter 30Jan17:''' [[ToDo-1]] Surely we can remove this from here and move it to Completed Features as James has implemented this for 2.1.3?}}
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** '''Create a negative difference between spectrum and human response curve''' as equalizer preset {{votes|1}}  
* '''Full editing (including effects) while paused:''' {{votes|35}} more intuitive than having to Stop if you are thinking of hardware equivalents like a tape machine.
 
{{devcomment|Instead of pausing you could use the "Play/Stop and Set Cursor" shortcut (SHIFT + A by default). Then the cursor will be at the place you stopped just as if you had paused. You can change thet key binding for that shortcut in the Keyboard Preferences}}
 
  
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* '''Linear option for vertical dB scale:''' {{votes|4}} Use cases:
 +
** Demonstrating  primary resonances of different instruments to elementary physics of music students without room noise and other musically insignificant peaks becoming over-prominent
 +
** Shows power in peaks as directly proportional to height.
 +
 +
* '''Cents qualifier for pitch-class/octave''' {{votes|2}}. For example 443 Hz displays as A4+12, meaning "12 cents sharp of A4 in equal temperament (A4 = 440 Hz)".
  
<div id="markers"></div>
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* '''Make Plot Spectrum "WINDOW" a real window:''' The problem:
* '''Markers on Waveform''' {{votes|36}} Add with one keystroke a vertical mark that stays on the waveform and can be labeled. Common in audio editors. Should be draggable but attached to the audio segment. Select between any two markers easily e.g. with double click. Snap a region to the markers. Should be implemented in addition to split lines. Very necessary for long-form documentary editing, where you are identifying and then going back and handling many different selections from a long file. Also important if recordings are edited afterwards by others.
+
**Switching between one screen and another is a pain because:
 
+
**# The Spectrum Window is always on top of the main window
 +
**# The Spectrum window can not be minimized
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**# It can not be reduced in size below a fairly large size
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**# The Spectrum Window does not appear on the Desktop Task Bar
 +
** Ideally I would like.
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**# The Spectrum window to be a real window (with a minimize button)
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**# To be able to resize the window like other windows (with scroll bars when reduced below the minimum size)
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**# To see the Spectrum Window on the Desktop Task Bar
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**# A tick box on the Spectrum Window for "always on top"
  
<div id="signature"></div>
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=== Other analytical/statistical ability===
* '''Let the Timeline display time signature and bars/beats''' {{votes|36}}. This is a useful feature in its own right, even if user had to identify the BPM manually. It could also be the means of displaying automatically detected beats if/when that is implemented. It would mean we could align to beats - see: "Snap To: Beats".
+
 
 +
* '''Export text file containing amplitude data for each sample''' {{votes|18}} like [http://www.wavosaur.com/ Wavosaur]
 +
{{devcomment|1=Audacity now has [https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/sample_data_export.html Sample Data Export].}}
 
<ul><ul>
 
<ul><ul>
<li>'''Must show complete grid with all beats having vertical line:''' {{votes|2}}
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<li>'''Import text file containing amplitude data for each sample''' {{votes|2}}
<li>'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantization_(music) Quantize] to a grid like [http://www.cakewalk.com/Documentation/default.aspx?Doc=SONAR%20X2&Lang=EN&Req=EditingMIDI.38.html Sonar]:''' {{votes|14}} This corrects timing errors in MIDI or audio where you record slightly before or after the beat or hold some notes shorter or longer than intended.
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<li> '''RMS data wanted not just peak values''' {{votes|1}}  
<ul><li>Do this by dragging clip boundaries to grid lines {{votes|3}}</ul>
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<li> '''Allow selection by seconds as well as samples''' {{votes|1}}  
<li>'''Identify BPM manually''' by tapping in an interface as in web applications {{votes|7}}
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</ul></ul>
<ul><li> with option to show the true tempo of the song even if I play it back at different speed {{votes|1}} </ul>
 
<li>'''BPM Calculator''' that shows BPM based on a selection. {{votes|1}}. </ul>
 
{{devcomment|1=See also this BPM calculator plugin http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=69028.}} 
 
</ul>
 
  
 +
* '''Track sample data:''' headroom to dBFS (audio level), peak minimum and maximum sample, RMS volume, replay gain etc. see SF, Wavelab, Cool Edit etc. over an arbitrary length of audio, even the whole file. {{votes|8}}
 +
** '''This could go in Status Bar''' {{votes|1}}
 +
<ul>{{devcomment|This could work well with the new Vamp analysis plug-ins/}}</ul>
  
<div id="pedal"></div>
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* '''Find Clicks''' producing labels like "Find Clipping", possibly using sine-wave-curve-fit prediction algorithm and labelling where waveform diverges from prediction. {{votes|2}}
* '''Control Audacity by a foot pedal''' {{votes|25}} attached to the game, serial or USB port so that hands are free for transcription work.  Also useful for non-transcription applications, such as recording off a commercial two-way radio with a squelch output signal.
 
  
 +
* [[Suggested Volume Analysis Capabilities]]:
 +
** [[Suggested Volume Analysis Capabilities#Volume Spectrum analysis tool|Volume Spectrum analysis tool]]: Stepped volume envelope with histograms of volume against channel, and gain against volume steps.  {{votes|1}}
 +
 +
* '''Pitch Accuracy Analysis:''' add votes [[#pitch_accuracy|below]].
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 +
* '''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vectorscope Vectorscope]: ''' {{votes|3}} as the example at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG_Vu32c0ZA, showing X-Y plot for two signals (left and right of stereo track).   
  
<div id="rip&burn"></div>
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* '''Oscilloscope:''' {{votes|1}} showing audio signal(s) converted to voltages over time.
* '''CD Rip and Burn''' {{votes|22}}  
 
{{devcomment|There is experimental code for CD Import/Export in progress.  Help welcome.}}
 
 
 
  
<div id="contextmenu"></div>
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*'''Spectrograms including Pitch (EAC):'''
* '''More Context Menu (right-click or CTRL-click) functionality''' {{votes|22}}  
+
<ul style="list-style-image: none; list-style-type: none">Also see [[#tddm|Multiple track views]] for votes for a split waveform/spectrogram view.
** '''Right-click over selection region''' - ideas:
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<ul><li>'''Crosshair''' as in Plot Spectrum {{votes|13}} which enables on-screen measurement of the frequency and dB level. Length of audio should be the minimum interval possible taking the settings of the Fourier transform used in each track, namely the FFT size, window and overlap.
***'''Cut; copy; paste; delete; Undo''' {{votes|4}}
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<ul><li> Display low/high/centre of spectral selection on borders of a selection {{votes|6}} </ul>
***'''Apply effects:''' Workflow and reduced mousing benefits {{votes|2}}
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<li> '''Visual Tool editing of frequency or pitch:''' {{votesdate|11|24Apr17}} - examples [http://chkno.net/softwaretodo.html#spectrogram-paint here].
***'''Zoom in/out on selection (horizontally)''' {{votes|2}}
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<ul><li>'''Erase Tool to remove pieces of spectrum:''' {{votesdate|10}|24Apr17}} e.g. removing harmonics or 'mouth noise' from vocals; brief noises at different pitch). See [http://www.divideframe.com/?p=spectrallayers Spectral layers]
***'''Select all; Select in all tracks''' {{votes|2}}
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<li> Photoshop-like brush tool {{votesdate|3|24Apr17}} which would apply a chosen effect to an area of the spectrum which you paint it in.  The brush might operate like a dodge/burn tool, making the volume quieter/louder in that frequency, or maybe you would apply a wah-wah just to the low frequency by drawing only in the low area
***'''Silence'''  
+
<li> '''Free shape selection tool'''
***'''Set start/end of selection:''' {{votes|1}} like Goldwave
+
<li> '''Pen tool'''  
***'''Split off a selection of a clip'''
+
<li> '''Pattern-matched brush tool:''' this would be a brush which attempts to match the area you are painting to pre-selected pattern before it applied the desired effect.
***'''Duplicate a selection of a clip'''  
+
<li> '''Magic wand:''' to click on a color which selects all other pieces of that color
***'''Send to new track:''' or to a labelled position in an existing track.
+
<li> '''Invert selection:''' so that you can select a frequency, invert the selection, delete the selection then be left only with the originally selected frequency. </ul>
***'''Set Envelope Points:''' creates start and end points on the envelope automatically.
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<li> '''Export to image file''' (including PNG) {{votes|1}}
** '''Right-click over waveform''' - ideas, some for features that don't yet exist yet (from [[Proposal Woozle's Interface Tweaks]]):  
+
<li>  '''Export to image slideshow or video file''' {{votes|1}} 
***'''Delete track''' {{votes|2}}
+
<li>  '''Export as graph or graphable data:''' {{votes|1}} 
***'''Insert track below/above current'''
+
<li>  '''Vary FFT window overlap:''' {{votes|3}} Allow varying the overlap when generating the spectrogram.
***'''Mute individual clips''' (new feature)  
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<li>  '''Grayscale range of black to white:''' rather than the current "black to gray" range {{votesdate|2|20Jul17}}
***'''Time-lock individual clips''' (Tracks Preferences can globally prevent clips moving with edits)  
+
{{devcomment|Special consideration of cursor lines would be required, for example to ensure that Timeline Quick Play cursor is visible during (white) track silence.}}
***'''Duplicate an entire clip'''
+
<li> '''Customize spectrogram colors (foreground and background):''' not just grayscale or not {{votesdate|7|20Jul17}}
***'''Delete clip'''
+
{{devcomment|Already works in Audacity 2.2.0 using themes.}}
***'''Insert a split point at the cursor'''
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<li>  '''Export to three-column text file''' (energy/time/frequency)  {{votes|2}}
***'''Edit start time, offset and length of a clip''' (new feature)
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<li>  '''Exchange X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) axis:''' {{votes|1}}
***'''Zoom in/out vertically''' {{votes|2}}
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<li> '''Per-track spectrogram settings:''' {{votes|2}} When exploring the spectrogram, it would be convenient if it were possible to adjust by track the 'FFT Window' and 'Display' settings, which are now set through 'Preferences >Spectrograms'.
***'''Turn envelope view on/off''' (preferably per clip, which is a new feature)
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<li>  '''3D - Amplitude by Frequency by Time:''' {{votes|2}} 
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<li>  '''Scale should have shorter horizontal line for non-integer k values''' {{votes|1}}
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<li> '''Display note names in spectrogram view:''' An option to show note names instead of frequencies. {{votesdate|2|22Nov19}}
 +
<li>  See also [[#grid|Grid Lines]] </ul></ul>
 +
 
 +
* '''Frequency band splitter:''' I find this feature in Fscape (an xplatform app similar to Soundhack) http://www.sciss.de/fscape/  -  to be very useful and would like to see it or a Nyquist script written to do something similar: a panel would appear when Band Splitting function is selected and would allow the user to
 +
#define bands as freq/bandwidth -or- crossover freqs
 +
#add new bands/crossovers as needed
 +
# processes the bands or crossover parameters on a soundfile or a selection of a soundfile
 +
# output these as separate files into a selected directory -- similar to splitting soundfiles according to label regions
  
  
<div id="monitoring"></div>
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<div id="automate"></div>
* '''Preference for monitoring on by default''' {{votes|21}}
 
{{devcomment|We initially didn't do this because of concerns about performance on lower powered machines.  We've since had feedback on this that is works fine and that not having monitoring "on" is causing a bigger problem - especially with new users.  This however is not such an easy change as it appears - handling the situation when a device is changed/swapped out for example but Audacity is still looking for an input to read - it may not be fixed quickly}}
 
  
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== Automation ==
 +
{{Hint|1=There is a separate [[Automation]] page for detailed discussions about new or advanced methods of workflow automation. For example we are at an early stage of developing the ability to drive Windows versions of Audacity from a perl or other [https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/scripting.html script] via a named pipe. At this stage this feature is suitable for developers only, but you can request the feature by voting below.}}
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<div id="scripting"></div>
 +
* {{done}} '''Make Scripting (mod-script-pipe) available after enabling it in Preferences, without having to compile Audacity and the scripting module''' {{votesdate|26|19Mar17}} 
 +
** Normalization/levelling and/or cropping of many files/tracks {{votes|5}}
 +
** Noise removal and other built-in filters or effects {{votes|5}}
 +
** Create many audio clips from many different audio files {{votes|4}}
 +
** preconfigure exports to a particular format {{votes|4}}
 +
** Repetitive use of effects at different parameters {{votes|2}}
 +
** apply Macros without use of mouse
 +
** for audio analysis
 +
** export files and their label track   
 +
** using information from online music databases such as Discogs
  
<div id="extreme stretch"></div>
 
* '''Extreme Stretch''' effect - see [[Extreme Stretch Effect]]  {{votes|16}}
 
{{ednote|'''Peter 31Jan17:''' [[ToDo-1]] Does Paul Nasca's Paulstretch that we ship with Audacity, and reference & link to above, fully address this, looks like this to me?  If so we can remove this from here and move it to Completed Features.}}
 
  
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<div id="pedal"></div>
 +
* '''Control Audacity by a foot pedal'''  {{votes|25}} attached to the game, serial or USB port so that hands are free for transcription work.  Also useful for non-transcription applications, such as recording off a commercial two-way radio with a squelch output signal.
  
<div id="video"></div>
+
===Command line support===
* '''Import audio from video files/transport streams:''' such as AVI/MPEG/Ogg Theora e.g. by demuxing {{votes|14}}
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<div id="cls"></div>
**Extracting Vorbis from multiplexed Ogg files should be an easy changeover.  Also note [http://wiki.xiph.org/MIME_Types_and_File_Extensions new specifications] on file names (e.g., <tt>.ogv</tt> for Ogg Video, <tt>.oga</tt> for Ogg Vorbis)
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* {{done}}{{todo}} Control Audacity from command line {{votes|33}}
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{{devcomment|1=See [http://sox.sourceforge.net SoX] for am alternative command line solution.}}
  
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<div id="chains"></div>
 +
===Improvements to the "Macro" (batch processing) feature=== 
 +
* {{done}} '''Include features dependent on selecting regions''' (e.g. trim, fades) {{votes|51}}
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{{devcomment|This is partly supported in Audacity 2.0.1 or later by adding to the chain/Macro appropriate [[Download Nyquist Plug-ins|Nyquist plug-ins]] that operate on selections.<br>
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This is fully supported in Audacity 2.3.0 or later which has 'scriptables' for manipulating the current selection.}}
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* {{todo}} '''Additional Export format options:'''
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** '''Export FFmpeg formats''' {{votesdate|52|04May17}}
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** '''Export sample rate''' {{votesdate|39|22Jul17}} This is important for MP3 and other compressed formats because if a file imported for batch processing switches the project rate to something not supported by the export format, the batch comes to a halt at the resample dialog. Alternatively have a preference to OK the resample dialog automatically at the offered setting. This would not however alter the project rate, which is a separate suggested command
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** '''Export format parameters''' {{votesdate|33|04Apr17}} like bit rate, as in the Options button in the file export window. Parameters for Macro-ed and norrmal exports should be stored separately.
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** '''Export Other uncompressed''' {{votesdate|28|21Feb17}}
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** '''Export 24/32-bit WAV''' {{votesdate|2|22Jul17}}
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** '''Export AIFF''' {{votes|2}}
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* {{done}} '''Apply Macros to multiple projects''' {{votesdate|23|14Feb19}} instead of giving error messages
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* {{todo}} Include '''Export Multiple''' {{votesdate|21|22May18}} with options into Macro commands
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* {{done}}{{todo}} '''Support Generate / Analyze effects''' {{votes|15}} both those built into Audacity and user-added ones in any other formats supported by Macros
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{{devcomment|1=Some but not all are done for 2.3.0 Macros -but probably not all are suitable}}
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* {{todo}} '''Recursive selection of all files in one or more directories:''' {{votesdate|14|19Aug19}}
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* {{todo}} '''Export directory''' {{votes|10}}
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{{devcomment|1=Planned for 2.3.0}}
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* {{todo}} '''Export Labels''' {{votes|1}}
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* {{done}} Support Silence Finder {{votes|5}}
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{{devcomment|1=Done for 2.3.0 Macros''}}
  
<div id="noterecog"></div>
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* '''Vamp support''' {{votes|2}}
* '''Note recognition: WAV or MP3 to MIDI capabilities''' {{votes|12}}
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* '''VST support''' {{votes|8}}
{{devcomment|This is hard to do except with pure tones. We'd want to leverage existing open source sound analysis software. Any suggestions of what?}}  
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* '''LADSPA support''' {{votes|1}}
<ul><ul><li>If you do it with pure tones, that is still great!</li></ul></ul>
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* ''' Apply Macros to files listed in LOF''' not mix the content into one file {{votes|3}}
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* '''Command to delete the old replaced file''' {{votes|2}}
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{{devcomment|1=Planned for 2.3.0 - but differently, we will warn and allow overwriting}}
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* '''Specify metadata using Macro command'''
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* '''Split Stereo Track:'''
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* {{done}} '''Single Macros dialog from which you can edit and apply the Macro''' {{votes|6}} 
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{{devcomment|1=Done for 2.3.0 Macros - with the '''Manage Macros''' dialog}}
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* '''Permit minimizing Audacity while Macro in progress:''' {{votes|2}} 
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* '''Example parameters:''' {{votes|1}} EX 1: (Reduce 4 dB at 2000 Hz with Q shelve 8 dB per Octave). EX 2: De-esser fx ( threshold= -24  above 3800 Hz )
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* '''Make parameters configurable for:'''
 +
** SaveHqMaster1 & 2
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* '''Beep after a full Macro completes''' {{votes|2}}
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** but no beep for individual dialogs in a Macro) {{votes|2}} See https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=213546#p213546.
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* {{done}} '''Import / Export buttons:''' so users can share Macros more easily {{votes|3}}
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{{devcomment|1=Probably planned for 2.3.0 - buttons are in the dialog , but not currently active}}
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* '''Ability to recover Macros applied to files if they crash''' {{votes|1}}
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* '''Wider Apply Macro dialog''' so you can see file names with long paths {{votes|2}}
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{{devcomment|1='''Peter 30Mar18:''' I have added this one to the [[Macros discussion page]]}}
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* '''Apply Macro dialog should be interactive:''' so you can scroll the list vertically or horizontally {{votes|1}}
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* '''Include arbitrary Shortcut Key commands''' e.g. CTRL + SHIFT + D to Macros array so that it can auto-task menu-dropdown and other manual mouse-click functions without disrupting batch automation. {{votes|1}}
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* '''a shut down program and computer option''' from Macro would be nice for long Macros
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* '''call another application''' like a cd burn application
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{{devcomment|1=Use Python scripting, then you can do 'anything'}}
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* '''Separately pick the mp3 settings''' in the Macros feature
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*'''Allow Macros to continue after failure:''' Allow Macros to optionally continue processing the next file after processing a file fails. Currently, when a batch process encounters a problem with one of the files in its list of files-to-process, the entire batch process aborts. For unattended operations this can be inconvenient.
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{{devcomment|1=Use Python scripting.}}
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**'''Peter:''' for detailed discussion see this archived Forum thread: https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=88413
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<div id="macro"></div>
  
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{{devcomment|This feature may be underrepresented as many requests on the forum for improved 'macro' type features appear to have been lost or not recorded.}}
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* {{done}} '''Support Shortcuts to specific Macros''' {{votesdate|2|23Jul17}} so that 'macro' commands can be applied more conveniently.
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* {{done}}{{todo}}'''Support Edit and navigation commands''' {{votesdate|2|23Jul17}} such as paste, duplicate, add new track, move focus to next / previous track, move cursor to selection start / selection end / track start / 
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{{devcomment|1=Some are in for 2.3.0: Paste, Duplicate and Move Focus - in 2.4.x all are in except "Add New Track"}}
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* {{done}} '''Support Transport commands''' {{votesdate|2|23Jul17}} An example suggested by / for language learners: record 2 seconds then play what has been recorded.
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* '''Create macro by recording a sequence of actions''' {{votesdate|2|23Jul17}} Example: The record macro feature in CoolEdit Pro.
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{{devcomment|This could be implemented by recording key strokes, possibly with an option to also record mouse events.}}
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* '''Automatically apply effects on Import or Export''' Examples: Normalize files on Import, Normalize on Export, Low pass filter on Import. Generally: Apply an arbitrary Nacro of effects to imported or exported files.
  
<div id="importmidi"></div>
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=== Fader Automation === 
* '''Allow direct import of MIDI files into Projects as sampled audio waveforms''', which are then editable and exportable as WAV, MP3 etc. {{votes|14}}  
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* '''Adjust the Mixer Board or Track Control Panel gain sliders while playing then record the slider moves''' so you can render them if desired. {{votes|4}}. Common feature on many other multi-track audio applications. In this way one can build up a mix, adjusting individual tracks and tweaking levels until just right. This would first require changing to linear envelope points.  Could be extended to panning (if we had a pan envelope).
  
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<div id="transcription"></div>
  
<div id="rtplot"></div>
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== Better transcription support ==
* '''Real time plot when playing audio:''' {{votes|12}} Or, in view of the CPU demands of calculating the spectrum, have Audacity do plot spectrum at given time intervals. {{devcomment|Plotting spectrum while recording would likely be impractical due to the risk of errors writing the recording data.}}
 
  
== Segmenting Tracks  ==
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* '''Extend features/interface of Play-at-Speed Toolbar'''. {{votes|1}}.
  
* '''Automatic segmentation during Record:''' {{votes|10}} Automatically segments the audio being recorded into another track upon meeting the user defined settings for  "silence" length, threshold level and number of track to be split.
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* '''Label Tracks more suitable for transcription:''' {{votes|10}}  
{{devcomment|The best way to do this might be to add labels at the track splits, which fits in with other requests to label points where Sound Activated Recording pauses when the audio falls below the specified threshold.}}
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** multi-line labels {{votes|4}}
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** so they don't lock when audio track is not zoomed in far enough to create a scroll {{votes|2}}
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** Freeform text box/small editing window better then you can copy paste all of it into a text editor when complete {{votes|2}} 
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** '''Second search method for text in labels other than using [[#labels_editor|Labels Editor]]:''' {{votesdate|1|26May17}} - this would just be Find Next and Previous with a Replace option. A found occurrence of the text would move focus to the label that has the requested text and highlight that text within the label. Provide option to search in current label track only or in other label tracks.
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** each label should support more than 260 characters (which seems to be the limit on Windows) {{votes|1}}   
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<ul>{{devcomment|Create 30 second tone, zoom out until it half fills screen then type in a label. When label is full, can't add more characters unless you zoom in (zooming allows you to scroll). [[User:James|James]]: If/when we improve transcription we want to support multi-line text and linking with a true text editor.}}</ul>
  
* '''Beat Finder Improvements''':
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* '''real time loop editing:''' the fact that Audacity has partial functionality in making loops i.e. allow you to select and play a loop but NOT adjust the loop points in real time seems to me a half baked implementation of loop editing. Please - if you are going to allow someone to select and play a loop then go ALL the way and also allow them to edit it in real time?
** See "BPM Detection" in [[#Highest-rated|Highest-rated]]
 
** Search for periodicities, let user refine and add time measures, then redo with probability/interpolation bases on added information. Use the corrected beats and a dynamics analysis to detect musical structures like verse, refrain. See [[Beat Finder Improvements]] for details.
 
** '''Create regions encompassing each beat''' by inputting a BPM (maybe include auto-dedection of the BPM), see [http://hdimage.org/images/csgys65npvbd6dpqaz9h.png image]. The region can then be moved, duplicated etc. as normal to create loops or re-mixes easily.
 
<ul>{{devcomment|This could be quite a powerful idea when Audacity supports multiple label selection, [[#paste|Paste Special]] and/or [[GSoC Ideas 2008#Intuitive cross-fading|intuitive cross-fade]].}}</ul> 
 
  
* '''Clips:'''
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*'''Faster Play-at-Speed:''' Currently the transcription toolbar function PlayAtSpeed has a maximum value of 3X. My editing deck allows much higher multiples, I am used to searching raw data for "non-music" (speech etc.) and can recognize the difference at speeds between 7X and 10X.
** '''Allow left-click in track to snap to or retain split line not delete it:''' {{votes|11}} For example, right-click to remove the split-line, as is done to remove the cut line.
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* '''Snap to editing cursor''' and show Boundary Snap Guide {{votes|2}}  
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== Effects ==
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<div id="realtime"></div>
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* Allow '''[[RealTimeAdjustment|real-time effects]]''' {{votes|166}}
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<!-- The first two requests below should total to the same as the root vote for real-time effects-->
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** <font color="gray"><strike>'''Real-time effect preview sufficient as a first step''' {{votes|102}}</strike></font> ''this is now in current Audacity''
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** '''Should include applying effects whenever playing or recording/monitoring''' {{votes|64}}
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*** Allow disabling real-time for a selected track as in REAPER.{{votes|5}}
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** Stomp box/guitar effects: {{votes|3}} - one of the most useful features of Diamond Cut 7.
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** could allow effect intensity/LADSPA plug-in parameters to be varied too?
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** Panning while recording {{votes|5}}  
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** include something similar to the envelope tool to adjust the effect parameters?
  
* '''Export Multiple:'''  
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*'''Save a Noise Reduction Profile:'''  save and manage a Noise Reduction Profile for future use in subsequent projects
** '''(version 2.x) Checkbox in dialog to pass metadata through to all exported files automatically:''' if identical tags wanted for all files, saves having to (remember to) File > Open Metadata Editor to add tags before export. {{votes|59}}
 
** '''Allow (numerical) prefix/suffix when labelling by name, not instead of it:''' {{votes|9}}
 
** '''File name prefix should have leading zeros''' for operating systems which don't have natural number sort (otherwise track 10 comes before track 2 etc). {{votes|3}}
 
** '''Choice of minimum number of digits for numbering''' {{votes|2}}
 
** '''Store last used state of "Include audio before first label"''' as for "Name files" buttons {{votes|2}}
 
** '''Checkbox "Do not export audio before zero"''' as per straight export: {{votes|4}} If unechecked, exports audio before zero and includes any trailing white space before zero as silence.
 
** '''Checkbox "Normalize on export"''' {{votes|1}} Use case is for e.g. live concert destined for individual files
 
** '''Enumerate files in single progress dialog''' to say "exporting 1 of 5", "2 of 5...", not string of "exporting entire Project" dialogs. Still needed, even though 2.x now gives the name of the file currently being exported {{votes|12}}
 
** '''Support "Use Custom Mix"''' {{votes|6}} 
 
** '''Remaining time for entire process, not (just) for each file''' {{votes|4}}
 
** '''"Overwrite existing files" off by default:''' {{votes|3}}
 
*** '''but remembers previous state''' {{votes|2}} 
 
** '''"Success" dialog should not have same title as main Export Multiple dialog''' {{votes|2}} Use case is this makes it possible to script actions based on the unique window title (and it "could" be argued as bad design to have two identically titled dialogs).
 
<ul>{{devcomment|Possible title could be "Export Multiple (Results)" - the title must include the phrase "Export Multiple" IMO - Gale}} 
 
<ul><li> '''Skip export of selected labels''' {{votes|1}}
 
<li>'''Button to export to current project location''' {{votes|1}}  </ul></ul>
 
  
<div id="labels"></div>
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===New Effects===
* '''Labels:'''
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<div id="bars_beats">
** '''Multi-Label-Select:''' Ability to select multiple (not necessarily adjacent) labels (such as with control-click or shift-click) {{votes|10}}
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* '''BPM and beat timecode automatic detection and beat matching''' {{votes|66}}
*** Should work on point labels, too, thereby selecting regions between labels. {{votes|5}}
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*** Also there could be commands to select multiple label regions or to ignore specified labels. [[Select multiple label regions and invert selection|See extra detail here]].
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* '''Vinyl-specific noise removal effects''' such as low level rapid tickiness, groove rasping... (like GramoFile or other specialist [[Audio Restoration|tools]] ) {{votes|12}}
*** '''Play Labels Only:''' Play clipped in or labelled regions only - standard feature on professional audio editing systems. skipping the non-selected regions.  This feature would be useful for comparing two regions of an audio file without delay between their playback.{{votes|5}}
 
*** '''Change font size/color for selected text in labels''' {{votes|6}}  
 
*** '''Multiple select must work in Edit Labels too''' {{votes|1}}
 
** '''Invert labels:''' {{votes|2}} Replace current labels with new labels that start from the end of the previous label to the start of the next label. If two of the original labels touch (but don't overlap), they will be replaced with a point label at the point where they meet.
 
** '''Snap labels to:'''
 
***'''Other labels''' {{votes|10}}
 
***'''Editing cursor''' {{votes|6}}
 
***'''Clips''' {{votes|4}}
 
***'''Selection boundary''' {{votes|1}}
 
** '''Mark-in and mark-out points''':  As per video editors, "I" sets Edit In Point and "O" sets Edit Out Point. Should use zero-crossing accuracy. Doesn't matter what you do between those two actions; once you press "O", everything between "I" and "O" is selected. {{votes|12}} 
 
** '''Easy way to select a region between labels''' {{votes|9}}
 
<ul>{{devcomment|Would the interface changes required be worth it when there is an easy solution now? Click where you want to "mark in" (can be in an existing point-label) and hold SHIFT while clicking where you want to "mark out"; a region is drawn between the click points. Currently, the SHIFT-click can't be in a label, it has to be in the waveform, but shift-clicking between labels could be added. Also see [[NavigationTips#Marking cut regions or points|Marking cut regions or points]].}}
 
<ul><li> '''Moving a label draws original and current edge(s) in waveform''' without having to select the label {{votes|7}}
 
<li> '''Right-click functionality:''' {{votes|3}}
 
<ul>
 
<li> '''Add label''' {{votes|2}} </ul>
 
<li> '''Moving a label moves the audio:''' {{votes|2}}
 
<li>'''More distinction between region and point labels when zoomed out:''' {{votes|4}} so that Export Multiple does not produce a few milliseconds of audio if you accidentally drag a point label when zoomed in.</ul>
 
{{devcomment|There already is the distinction that zoomed out and selected, the minimal region label will show no vertical line in the waveform and a double arrowhead in the Timeline, versus vertical line and single arrowhead for a point label. Still, it seems a reasonable addition for a point label to have a different-colored vertical line in label track and waveform.}}
 
<ul><li> '''Labels include metadata''' {{votes|6}} - not a request for cue sheet support, instead this gives a way in compilation albums to pass other than track Title and Track Number to Metadata Editor
 
<li> '''Improve navigation to/from arbitrary labels:''' {{votes|5}}
 
<ul><li>When the label track has focus, '''TAB or SHIFT + TAB should always navigate to the nearest label''' (from the current cursor point in the direction specified), not do this only if a label is open and otherwise go forwards from the first label or backwards from the last label. {{votes|5}}
 
<li> Selecting the label in Label Editor should move to the label  {{votes|1}} </ul></ul>
 
<ul>{{devcomment|The Label Editor problem could be solved by having it open the selected label for editing, but that may not be desirable. We could a) provide a shortcut to open a label when the label track had focus and the cursor was at a label edge; or b) allow TAB and SHIFT + TAB to operate from that label when the condition in a) was true (or provide different shortcuts to do that).}}  </ul>
 
<ul><li>'''Automatic label text during playback/recording:''' {{votes|3}} When using Add Label at Playback Position, provide an option to populate labels automatically with pre-defined text then close the label. Provide an option to increment the entered numbers or letters. 
 
<li> '''Import label by simply drag-and-drop label file''' {{votes|1}} </ul></ul>
 
  
* '''Silence Finder:'''
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* '''Built-in Expander''' (which is often coupled with a noise gate) {{votes|14}}    
** '''Split on silences automatically:''' Detected silences between songs or album tracks parsed into new track, or adds a label there. {{votes|9}}
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** Compressor could include expander function {{votes|1}}
*** Use an online database to do this {{votes|1}}  
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** Presets such as for dbx/HighCom {{votes|1}}
<ul>{{devcomment|1=Analyze > Silence Finder (available [http://audacity.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/audacity/audacity-src/plug-ins/SilenceMarker.ny?view=markup here] if it's not in your copy of Audacity) creates labels at each silence, then you can export multiple. Please clean records to assist proper detection of silences.}}</ul>
 
<ul><ul><li>'''Expand-to-silence:''' {{votes|2}} expand selection command expands the selection leftwards and rightwards until silence between songs or beginning/end of track is found  </ul></ul>
 
<ul>{{devcomment|Also see the [[Use_Cases#"Books on tape", field recordings, etc.|"Books on tape..." Use Cases]] for similar ideas.}} </ul>
 
<ul><ul><li>'''Expand-to-non-silence:''' {{votes|3}} Double-click any point in a "silence" to automatically select the complete silence - useful for voice editing.  </ul></ul>
 
<ul>{{devcomment|In Audacity 2.x, Analyze > Silence Finder labels silence, and Effect > Truncate Silence can remove these silences.}}</ul>
 
<ul><ul><li> '''Minimum distance between labels'''  {{votes|6}} similar to Nero Wave Editor it can be very handy when handling large amount of spoken audio</ul>
 
{{devcomment|1=There is an experimental modification to Silence Finder [http://forum.audacityteam.org/download/file.php?id=1545 here]}}  
 
<ul><li> '''Count the number of silences''' produced to cross-check with number of tracks on an LP or cassette {{votes|1}} </ul>
 
<ul><li> '''Unified Silence Finder and Sound Finder:''' {{votes|4}} Discussed many times before but never resolved. See http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=212445#p212445.
 
<ul><li> '''Parameters must be saved''' so that it launches in last used Sound or Silence mode  {{votes|2}} </ul></ul></ul>
 
  
* '''Sound Finder:'''
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* '''Filters:'''
** '''Provide message (or debug output) of number of labels produced:''' {{votes|1}}.
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** Bandpass {{votes|3}}
** '''New control for required number of output labels:''' {{votes|1}} e.g. the number of songs in the track. Then Sound Finder auto-adjusts its settings to get as close to those number of labels as possible.
 
  
* '''Time Shift Tool'''
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* '''DirectX effects''' not just VST {{votesdate|7|28Jan19}}
** '''Move Cursor Too!''' Cursor within the track being moved should move with the track, not stay at same time point. {{votes|1}} Additionally, if this cursor extended over other visible tracks, it would make it much easier to line up one track with the others. <ul>{{devcomment|You can extend the cursor through all tracks by holding down SHIFT then clicking in the [http://web.audacityteam.org/onlinehelp-1.2/menu_track.htm Track Control Panels] of the other tracks.}}</ul>
 
<ul><ul><li>Allow '''multiple clips to be dragged''' onto a different track, not just single clips {{votes|1}}.
 
<li>Allow '''selection of clips by double-clicking''' whilst still in Time Shift Tool {{votes|1}} 
 
<li>'''Allow overlapping clips''' as in CoolEdit, but give overlap a different color {{votes|1}}
 
<li> '''Lock-beyond:''' {{votes|2}} Set a lock point beyond which tracks cannot be dragged. Could be set in current direction of travel or by right-click menu. '''Use Case:''' Set maximum length in a project with many overlapping tracks where you may not be able to see the end (bottom) of the project.
 
<li> '''An individual track locking capability''' to prevent inadvertent time shifting or changes to previously edited tracks
 
<li> '''Allow shifting by less than distance between samples'''  {{votes|1}}
 
<li> '''Allow shifting while audio playing''' {{votes|1}} as in Cool Edit Pro
 
<li> '''Operable by right mouse button''', rather than having to switch to Time Shift tool. {{votes|2}}
 
<li> (''2.x'') '''Using with CTRL moves that specific clip plus all clips to the right.'''  Useful for inserting or a section. {{votes|1}}</ul></ul><ul>{{devcomment|You can select a region encompassing the clips you want to move, and drag just those.}}</ul>
 
  
<div id="cue_sheets"></div>
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<ul><li>'''Pitch correction''' after setting to required key (like Auto-Tune), including T-Pain forced pitch effect {{votes|13}} </ul>
* '''Export cue sheets''' from labels e.g. for CD burning (and/or text file compatible with shntool) {{votes|13}}  
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{{Devcomment|1=See open source plug-in called [https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=11520 Autotalent].}}
** '''MP3 cue sheets''' {{votes|1}} for example compatible with MP3Cue
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<div id="pitch_accuracy"></div>
{{devcomment|There is a Java-based tool called [http://sourceforge.net/projects/label2cue/ label2cue] that converts Audacity's exported text files containing label information to cue information. Instructions for use of label2cue and details of other similar tools are [[Cue sheets|here]].}}
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<ul><li>'''Pitch accuracy analysis:''' {{votes|1}} Could be a Nyquist effect that shows the average pitch with cents deviation of labeled notes, or average pitch then on a further run adds a waveform representation of the labeled audio showing pitch deviation over time. See: https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=73796.
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<ul><li>'''Better as another View Mode accessed from Track Control Panel instead:''' {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
  
* '''Import cue sheets''' to labels e.g. to add internet database information to files. {{votes|3}}  
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* '''Room Panning:''' Pan different tracks to different parts of a room for surround sound effect.{{votes|4}}
  
<div id="lrc_files"></div>
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* '''Channel Mixer (built-in):''' {{votes|1}}  Similar to the Nyquist [https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Channel_Mixer Channel Mixer] but built-in with real-time preview, which would be particularly useful when using the effect for widening or narrowing the stereo field.
* '''Export lrc files''' from label track to be able to create song lyric files from inside audacity. {{votes|1}}
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** '''Stereo widener''' {{votes|2}}
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{{devcomment|Available in the [https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Channel_Mixer Channel Mixer] plug-in, but see above.}}
  
*'''Split to multiple projects:''' Split the project into smaller multiple projects by labels, similar to the "Export Multiple" command. Each project retains the per-track labels of the original single project. {{votes|10}}
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* '''Stereo effect from mono''' {{votes|3}}
** '''Save selection as new project:''' {{votes|3}}
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{{devcomment|Available in the [https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_plug-ins#Pseudo-Stereo Pseudo-Stereo] plug-in.}}
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<ul><ul><li>use FFT? {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
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* '''Smoothen effect''', perhaps using a weighted average (or a better method){{votes|1}}
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**I  wonder about a tool to easy removing of noise could be useful in the application. Like the rubber tool in f.ex. photoshop.  The rubber tool should flatten the noise when you touch the noise. It would then be possible to remove noise with less zooming.  And maybe it could be useful to have the possibility to set the pencil to (f.ex. with SHIFT ) only go complete horizontally.
  
== Frequency Analysis Capabilities ==
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* '''Specialised Voice effects:'''
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** '''Basic:''' Change gender, Change age, Chipmunks, Zeus {{votes|11}}
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::{{devcomment|In the case of a track where the vocals are not solo but mixed in with other audio, how well this works depends how amenable the vocals are to being isolated. See [[Vocal Removal plug-ins]].}}
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:* '''Advanced formant tools:''' {{votes|6}} Professional pitch change/tune while retaining the formants, so retaining the characteristics of the original voice
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:*'''Advanced filtering/analysis tools:''' like [http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/ Praat] {{votes|1}}
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:* '''Text to speech:''' Possibly by implementing [http://espeak.sourceforge.net/ eSpeak] in Audacity {{votesdate|1|26Sep17}}
  
===Plot Spectrum ===
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* '''Dolby B/Dolby C filters''' for converting to/from tape recordings in Dolby) {{votes|4}}
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**<I> Will need quite a lot of trial and error by ear, as the Dolby process is recording level dependent. Needs expander and treble cut.</I>
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**<I> I agree.  It would be tricky to get it right without straight-up copying the actual process.  This would be a licensing no-no.  Trust me, I work at Dolby.</I>
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** <I>There is a Winamp plug-in which simulates Dolby decoding [http://www.hansvanzutphen.com/tape_restore_live/ here]. </I>
  
{{Hint|There are many additional single-vote suggestions at [[Suggested Frequency Analysis Capabilities]]. If any there especially appeal to you, please cut and paste them below and include your own vote for them.}}
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* '''Exciter''' to enhance album or tape recordings. It is actually an easy effect and only needs a high pass and distortion. This is widespread use in recording studios and radio stations. 
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{{devcomment|There are definitely some entries in the Forum for this - I will count votes later}}
  
* '''User-defined minimum dB level, but not via meter/waveform dB preference:''' {{votes|14}} This is too inflexible, and non-obvious to the user. Also given the (generally better) normalization compared to 1.2, this leaves you with an empty plot when looking at low level audio, e.g white noise at -75 dB is not visible with Preferences set at -96 dB. Set a default minimum that can never leave user with an empty plot, but let user move the minimum if they wish. 
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* '''Deverb/Echo Cancellation:''' Echo Removal Tool/Deverb slider. This could improve back-of-the-room recordings. Sliders are "Liveness," "Room Size," "Room Oblongedness," and "Dirt" (same as sliders in an Echo Generator). {{votes|8}} {{devcomment|Deverb is exceptionally difficult and virtually unknown in audio software except [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t22051.html Postfish].}}<ul><ul><li>Can't both deverb and echo cancellation be implemented by convolving the signal with a modified version of the room's impulse response?</ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No, those operations can't be performed by convolution, this is the case where '''deconvolution''' (aka inverse convolution) has to be used (well, not always).</ul></ul>
** '''Text box input for lowest visible level''' {{votes|6}}   
 
  
* '''Option to turn off auto-scaling:''' which sets the top and bottom of the dB scale according to the "significant" level measured {{votes|7}}. User can then save their own maximum and minimum by text box in Plot Spectrum, a preference or sliders. Use case is easy comparison of different plots. 
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* '''De-essing''' {{votes|5}}
  
* '''Zoomable/pannable sliders''' {{votes|13}}
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* '''Re-essing:'''   This is to improve the sound of already low bandwidth voice recordings by adding higher frequencies.
** '''Absolute minimum dB could still be set by Meter/Waveform dB Preference''', but use slider to set minimum within that. {{votes|1}} 
 
  
* '''Select any area on the grid and release mouse to zoom in on it''' {{votes|1}}
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* '''Multiply two frequencies''' multiply waveforms together as in AM radio
  
* '''Normalization presets''' {{votes|10}} Understandable default called e.g. "music" that gives a result like 1.2 plot, so that a section with most samples close to 0 dB peaks near to 0 dB in the spectrum, not at -20 dB
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* '''Convolve two audio signals''' {{votes|5}}
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** Yes, I realize that there is a lot of difficulty involved in avoiding clipping. Audio convolution can be used to make very convincing reverb effects. Please don't set limits for the length of the convolution signal. I want to be allowed to convolve much longer "regular audio" signals together.
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** Convolution is built into the Nyquist language and is an incredibly powerful feature. If I understand correctly, one could take a simple click, perform any combination of filter/chorus/echo/reverb/equalization/etc. on it, and then apply this pre-calculated set of effects to a long signal. Why wasn't this added long ago, along with multiplying and adding signals? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convolution#Fast_convolution_algorithms Implementing convolution]
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** Combine this with ''EQ Matching'' proposal?
  
* '''User-defined frequency bands:''' {{votes|13}} CoolEdit/Audition allow this. Use case: the most relevant region for music is 20 to 8000 Hz. Could be done by:
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* '''Chorus:''' {{votesdate|10|17Feb17}}
** Zoomable/pannable frequency axis {{votes|10}}  
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** '''Only needs rate and depth controls''' {{votes|8}}
** Text box for frequency cutoff point {{votes|4}} For example the user could type in 1000 to see the frequency range of the spectrum from 0 to 1000 Hz. That parallels with the choice in Spectrograms  preferences.
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** '''Multi-voice Chorus''' {{votes|1}}
     
 
* '''Export spectrum graph as an image''' {{votes|7}}  
 
  
* '''Exported plot file should have metadata:''' {{votes|5}} giving current plot window settings and a timestamp.  
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* '''Chop with segments of silence:'''
** Should also include path to project file {{votes|1}}
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** Merely adding in a definable length of silence after a set amount of time from the original stream. This would produce a cutting in and out effect, much more abrupt than a tremolo. It would need only two or three parameters, length of silence and length of audio.
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* '''Suppress quiet signals'''.  A squelch level suppression to squelch out signals below a adjustable preset level.  (originally this was in the recording enhancements section - but it's better as an effect.).
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* '''EQ Matching:''' {{votes|4}} SmartEQ function to sample the frequency spectrum of a given piece of audio with a pleasing equalisation, then bring a second piece of audio to the same spectral content. Useful for most cassette recordings and other other medium- and low-fidelity sources. Also usable for sfx. Note: where frequency content falls to the noise floor, this may increase noise level heavily in an attempt to compensate. This is easily addressed afterwards with the Noise Removal, or can be addressed during frequency correction with more coding. Possibly could be incorporated as a third radio button in the current 1.3.x equaliser, with a "Get Frequency Profile" button and ability to add useful profiles as a custom preset.
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* '''Envelope follower:''' {{votes|4}} Dynamically modulate the volume of one track to match the volume of another. Select a waveform, extract its volume changes over time then apply these to another waveform making its envelope behave in exactly the same way.
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* '''VCO-Synth:''' Something like a combination of Voltage-Controlled Oscillator and the "Sample and Hold" modules of the old ARP 2600 Synthesizer [analog]. 
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**You could sample another waveform (in another track) at regular time intervals, and the instantaneous level of the sample determines the frequency of a tone generated for the same interval of time. In the real-world Arp 2600, you could patch the output of a VCO (or other audio source) into the input of the S&H module, then patch the S&H output into the control voltage input jack of another VCO. In the Audacity version, the user makes a selection in the track to be sampled (analogous to the first VCO) , and then (in a dialog box) selects the time interval between samples, the minimum and maximum frequency to be generated. The duration of the resulting sequence of tones to be generated in a new track would be the same as the duration of the original selection. Optional - select sine, sawtooth, square, or triangle waveforms for the generated tone. Another option would be to be able to sub-divide the length of the selection into X number of sample intervals, as opposed to specifying the duration of the interval. Typical results would be a sequence of discrete pseudo-random (frequency) tones at regular intervals, like a retro movie sound effect for a computer that's busy thinking. Another example: Sampling a triangle waveform whose period is much longer than the sample interval would result in a series of ascending and descending stepped tones.
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* '''Reduce Formant / Boost the fundamental frequency of a signal''' - replace a vocal or instrument signal with the sine wave or square wave of the fundamental frequency of that signal.  Would help identify notes through overly distorted or overlayered signals. [https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=12901 forum post] {{votes|1}}
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*'''Transfer Function Effect in time domain:''' {{votes|1}} Drawn with mouse, with presets and import/export.
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{{devcomment|[[Nyquist]] has arguably more powerful functionality, but not graphical. So many rules could apply in any one case that the transferability would be very limited and case-specific.}}
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<ul><li>'''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flanging Flanger]:''' Classic effect, not the [https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Flanger_.28linear.29 linear flanger plugin]. {{votesdate|1|17Feb17}}</ul>
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{{devcomment|1=An experimental Flanger plugin (Nyquist) is available at https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=323150#p323150.}}
  
* '''Manage plot files:''' {{votes|2}} import or edit the files within Plot Spectrum window.
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===Other Improvements to Effects===
 
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<div id="categorizeeffects"></div>
* '''Longer analyzable length than 10485760 samples:''' {{votes|3}}
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<div id="Effects_Categorisation"></div>
** '''Preference or option for analyzable length:''' {{votes|1}}  
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* '''Effects Categorization:''' Allow the effects dropdown menu capable of sub-folders or categorisation so that the user can organize his plug-ins however he wishes. {{votes|49}}
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<div id="favorites"></div>
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** '''Include "Favorites" folder at the top for frequently used plug-ins''' (either autogenerated and sorted by number of calls, or user-added) {{votes|21}}
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** '''Only two levels deep:''' (Effects > Category), not 3 levels as tried before (Effects > Category > Sub Category). Sub categories are just too fiddly and too much clicking. With just one level of categories, the menu will open by hovering the mouse, making locating a specific effect much quicker and easier. {{votes|7}}
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** '''Preference to turn categorisation off''' {{votes|5}}
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** '''Fully user-customizable categories and sorting of entries''' {{votes|5}}
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*** '''Ability to assign one effect to multiple categories:''' {{votes|1}} such as a saturation compressor to both Compressor and Distortion categories. 
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** '''Detect/display subfolders of the "Plug-Ins" folder as categories:''' {{votes|6}} So if you have a folder called /Plug-Ins/MyEffects/ the menu shows Effects > MyEffects > (effects in the MyEffects folder).
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: {{devcomment|How does this work for plug-ins in system folders?}}
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* {{done}} '''Must support VST plug-ins''' {{votes|5}}
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** '''Must include VST plug-ins in system folders''' {{votes|4}}
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* '''Manipulate effects with a dialog box''' that has all plug-ins on the left hand side, an empty box on the right hand side, with "New Group...", "Delete Group", "Rename Group", "OK", "Cancel" buttons below, and arrows ">>" and "<<" in the middle, to move plug-ins between groups. {{votes|2}}
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* '''Multiple ''columns'' for different groups of effects''' {{votes|1}}
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: {{devcomment|1.3.6 Beta had incomplete categorization of Nyquist and LADSPA plug-ins. Categorisation has a penalty in more difficult navigation, and was withdrawn from 1.3.7 until there is (at least) a way to turn it on and off.}}
  
* '''Overwrite or append choice for exported plot file:''' {{votes|3}}
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* '''General (Effect menu items):'''
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** Mouse scroll the Effect Menu {{votes|8}} 
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*** without scrollbar {{votes|3}}
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*** with scrollbar if necessary to make it work {{votes|1}}
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** Real-time preview effects to have a method to apply and close in one go {{votesdate|6|08Mar18}}
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** '''Effects stay open after processing''' {{votes|5}}. User-added plug-ins (at least, Nyquist) should have this capability too. Use cases:
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*** Multiple pass effects such as Noise Removal
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*** Facilitates repeating an effect on different selections but using different settings for each
 +
**** An alternative would be a "Re-show last effect" shortcut as per GIMP
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*** Useful if an effect is able to change the selection while open
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*** Useful if plug-in has displayable help files like some Nyquist plug-ins
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** '''Plug-ins can have different number of input and output tracks:''' for example surround encoder in the [http://plugin.org.uk/ plugin.org] package needs four inputs but produces two outputs.  {{votes|1}}
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** '''Preview effects for whole duration''' of a selection with option to loop the preview {{votes|3}}
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: {{devcomment|Ability to choose preview length has been added to the Audacity 2.x.}}
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:* '''Compare original (dry) with new (wet):''' {{votes|9}}
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:** '''Dry and Wet Preview buttons''' {{votes|5}}
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:** '''Visual comparison''' {{votes|2}}
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:** '''Loop dry and wet in succession'''  {{votes|1}}
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:* '''Curve Editor''' for each effect to adjust how ferociously the effect changes the sample by time (posted on behalf of nitrotrigger on [[Irc|IRC]]) {{votes|3}}
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:* '''On-Demand effects:''' {{votes|2}} Effects apply while you continue to work (hear them applied in one part of the track by clicking there) 
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:* '''Defaults:'''
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::*{{done}} '''"Defaults" button'''  {{votes|4}}
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:* '''Marker on sliders to indicate default value''' {{votes|2}}
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:*more features {{votes|6}}
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:*more algorithms especially impulse response convolution reverb {{votes|7}}
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:*Very strong opinions to consider [[GVerb#Freeverb3|Freeverb3]] as the "best" benchmark/starting point for reverb types and features (but don't include the whole suite as is) {{votes|14}}
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:*sensible presets that do not depend on mixing with a duplicate to sound decent {{votes|6}}
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:*Wet/Dry mix control {{votes|2}}
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:*stereo output.{{votes|4}}
  
* '''Exported file should identify each peak and cursor position''' {{votes|3}}
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{{devcomment|1=The [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjYYzNsNqlY&feature=youtu.be Harrison implementation] looks like an example of how to implement GVerb well, but that depends at a minimum on Audacity supporting real-time effects.}}
  
* '''Export maximum peak amplitude for each FFT bin rather than the average peak amplitude:''' {{votes|2}} This means that the result will be identical whatever length of absolute silence is included in the selection. This might make a momentary frequency too loud everywhere else if you EQ'd against a such a plot, but if the average and maximum peaks were very different, this could usefully indicate possible faults in the recording.
 
  
* '''Remember window height/width across sessions''' {{votes|5}}
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* '''Amplify:'''
 
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** '''Linear "New Peak Amplitude" input:''' less confusing because it matches with default waveform (and the generate effects) {{votes|4}}
* '''More distinctive cursor line''' {{votes|3}} bolder, different color to grid lines or partly transparent  
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** '''Toggle non-destructive clipping''' when in 32-bit float quality {{votes|1}}
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** '''Option to launch at last used amplification level:''' {{votes|5}} even if the New Peak Amplitude is different each time. Use case is trying/undoing different amplification amounts to get the one you want, and you want to see quickly what you last tried (or do it again if you think that will give you the desired result. 
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** '''Presets in dropdown menu:''' {{votes|2}}  
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** '''Default to last used maximum dB level:''' {{votes|1}} Currently it defaults to 0 dB whereas Normalize defaults to last used maximum.
  
* '''Alternative plot from cursor point:''' {{votes|2}} like CoolEdit, without having to select a region. Audacity could internally select the region length/position.
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* '''Bass and Treble:'''
{{devcomment| Audacity 2.x by default selects "all" on no selection, so an exception would have to be allowed for Plot Spectrum. Also, region selection must still be offered for those analyzing a specific note.}}
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** '''Reinstate Bass Boost effect or add Frequency control to Bass and Treble:''' {{votes|7}}
  
* '''Multiple spectra window:''' {{votes|13}} Plot multiple spectra for different tracks/regions in the same project e.g. Audition has four buttons to hold spectra. Currently different spectra must be in different projects. Multiple plots in different colors in the same window would aid comparing spectra.
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* '''Change Speed/Tempo/Pitch:'''  
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** Gradually increasing/decreasing tempo changes (without pitch change) to facilitate DJ-style mixing {{votes|6}}
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** Allow changes in tempo/speed to be applied on the fly from the current (and ongoing) playback position. Currently changes in speed forces reverting to the start of cursor.  {{votes|1}}
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::: {{devcomment|Edit > Move cursor... > to Selection End?}}
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:* '''Change Speed: length of selection control''' like Change Tempo {{votes|19}}
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:* '''Change Speed: Use a change factor''' (e.g. 0.5x means half as fast, 2x means twice as fast) so that users are not confused by -50% doubling the length/halving the frequency, while you need +100% to halve the length / double the frequency {{votes9}}
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{{devcomment|This is now available with a "Speed Multiplier" control.}}
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::*'''Also for "Change Tempo" and "Change Pitch":''' {{votesdate|1|27Jan21}}
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:* '''Change Speed: semitone pitch change control'''  {{votes|3}}
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{{devcomment|Available with the "[[Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Change_Speed_by_Semitones|Change Speed by Semitones]]" plug-in.}}
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:* '''Change Tempo: allow calculation of % change from less than whole BPM values.''' {{votes|3}} At slower tempi a non-integer change in BPM could mean a percentage change of two or three percent. Please notify info_AT_giovannierata_DOT_it if fixed...
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:* This also allows this field to be used for any freeform units such as frames per second {{votes|3}}
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{{devcomment|This functionality will be available from  Audacity 2.0.4 onwards.}}
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:* '''Change Speed/Tempo presets''' {{votes|8}}
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:** '''Change Speed presets to/from 16 RPM''' {{votes|1}}</ul> 
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:* '''Dynamic Transient sharpening''' in Change Tempo/Pitch as in Sliding Timescale/Pitch Shift (without sliding of course) {{votes|2}}
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:* '''Option to use higher quality sbsms algorithm''' from Sliding Timescale/Pitch Shift (or amalgamate the tools so all that can be done in Change Tempo/Pitch can be done in Timescale) {{votes|3}}
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:* '''Window size choice''' in Change Pitch to combat FFT artefacts {{votes|1}}
  
* '''Plot cepstrum, energy, etc. offline:''' {{votes|1}} Plot cepstrum and other indicators at given time intervals.
+
* '''Click Removal:'''
 +
** '''Detection for clicks that are of similar level to surrounding audio'''  or generally more reliable detection {{votes|28}}. [https://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/click_removal.html Click Removal] gives hints for other solutions, but one tool should do the job in most cases, as with other software.
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** '''Intelligent joining to boundaries''' {{votes|1}} like Repair so that doesn't potentially add artefacts by almost silencing the samples it replaces so leaving abrupt joins with the unchanged audio
  
* '''Plot human frequency response curve (how humans hear frequencies)''' overlaid with the frequency spectrum {{votes|1}}  
+
<div id="compressor"></div>
** '''Create a negative difference between spectrum and human response curve''' as equalizer preset {{votes|1}}  
+
* '''Compressor:'''
 
+
** '''Multi-band:''' {{votes|8}} so retaining the same frequency distribution.
* '''Linear option for vertical dB scale:''' {{votes|4}} Use cases:
+
*** '''Include a de-esser in this:''' {{votes|1}}  
** Demonstrating  primary resonances of different instruments to elementary physics of music students without room noise and other musically insignificant peaks becoming over-prominent
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** '''Process stereo pairs together:''' {{votes|7}} so that the same amount of gain reduction is applied to both channels. The current Compressor applies different gain reduction to each channel which can lead to shifting of stereo image.
** Shows power in peaks as directly proportional to height.  
+
** '''Shorter attack/release times:''' {{votes|5}}
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*** '''Show attack/release times in milliseconds:''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Text box input:''' {{votes|5}}
 +
** '''Configurable lookahead in milliseconds:''' {{votes|4}} so pre-emptively apply the compression. Don't just make it the same as the Attack Time as now. 
 +
** '''Choose upward or downwards compression independent of peak or RMS envelope:''' {{votes|2}}
 +
** '''Choose make-up gain amount''' {{votes|2}}
 +
** '''Built-in Hard limiter/dual slope/tabbed for different settings''' {{votes|2}}
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** '''Presets for common tasks:''' {{votes|2}} such as "Levelling speech", "Maximizing", "Audiobook compression", "Peak limiting". Eliminates the need to install third party compressor plug-ins for casual users.
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** '''Finer Ratio discrimination than .5:''' {{votes|1}} 
 +
** '''Envelope-based''' tool that just works by dragging as in Digital Performer {{votes|1}}
  
* '''Cents qualifier for pitch-class/octave''' {{votes|2}}. For example 443 Hz displays as A4+12, meaning "12 cents sharp of A4 in equal temperament (A4 = 440 Hz)".
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<div id="eq"></div>
 +
* '''Equalization:'''
 +
<div id="78curves"></div>
 +
:* '''Reinstate 78 RPM EQ curves from Audacity 1.2:''' {{votes|25}}
 +
: {{devcomment|You can generate a large number of company-specific 78 RPM and pre-RIAA LP curves using the experimental Nyquist plug-in "78 RPM EQ Curve Generator" and the curve tables on [[78rpm playback curves]].}}
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::* '''Automatic 78 RPM EQ from RIAA-recorded 78's:''' {{votes|9}} Inverts the curve to negate the RIAA EQ then applies the required 78 RPM EQ in one button press. More 78 RPM presets facilitate this (votes as above)
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:* '''De-emphasis for early CDs:''' {{votes|2}} using the WaveEmph or other curves (see  http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=65067 )
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:* '''Improve accuracy:'''
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:** '''Text input''' {{votes|8}}
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:*** like Cool Edit's right-click on control point then type the values {{votes|2}}
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:*** Edit box like Label Editor that would list all the points and allow normal editing functions  like copy and paste {{votes|1}}
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:** Text entry box when double-clicking on Graphic EQ sliders as elsewhere {{votesdate|3|28Nov17}}
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:** '''Cursor readout''' {{votesdate|8|28Nov17}}
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:** '''Zoomable grids''' {{votes|5}}
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:* '''[[Graphic Equalizer - simple|Simpler/more presettable Graphic EQ]]:''' {{votes|3}} Either an alternative interface with current EQ, or an additional built-in effect. 5 - 7 bands would be adequate/quicker for our many casual users. Greater range of general purpose presets needed such as "heavy bass boost", "light treble reduction", "equal loudness"....  These should be separated from other e.g. gramophone presets.
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:* '''Graphic EQ sliders should allow choice of bandwidth''' {{votes|1}}
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:* '''Separate built-in Parametric EQ''' {{votes|3}} i.e. where all parameters controlling the tone change have their own control.
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:**high pass, low pass and 3 or more bands {{votes|1}}</ul>
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:* '''Add built-in envelope''' so that amount of EQ (% of gain specified in parameters) can be varied over time  {{votes|1}}
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:* '''Mini-waveform''' {{votes|2}} (time against amplitude) in which you can click to preview - see [http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html Wavepad]
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:* '''Incorporate mini-spectrum plot''' {{votes|7}} ideally it should change when you modify the EQ curve
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:** '''Include dry (pre-effect) spectrum too''' {{votes|1}} 
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:* '''Save Presets without renaming "unnamed"''' {{votes|4}}
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:* '''More frequency-specific presets''' like "Very Bright", "Mid-range", "Classical", "Hard Rock", "Soft Rock", "Dr Dre" {{votes|3}}     
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:* '''User-saved presets should save filter length and Draw/Graphic mode''' {{votes|1}} e.g. a curve with low frequency control points will require maximum length to be reasonably accurate but this length will slow down processing of other curves un-necessarily.
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:* '''Smart Normalize before EQ to safe level for the requested curve''' {{votes|1}}
 +
:* '''Remember window size and position''' {{votes|3}} 
 +
:* '''FFT Filter''' seems to be missing in 1.3.3 (and in 1.3.5)
 +
{{devcomment|The linear frequency scale in Equalization provides the same functionality}}
  
=== Other analytical/statistical ability===
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:* '''Auto Complete Equalizer Graph:'''  I created a simple equalizer graph to get somebody out of trouble recently. I think it was a lot more bother than it needed to be.  Here's an illustration of an Adobe Photoshop tool.  See:  http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Image:Curves2.jpg  Note that there's only one new data point on the right-hand brightness curve, and yet Photoshop automatically produced a graceful, gentle, useful curve typical of a picture whose natural lighting had actually changed. It did not produce two straight lines and depend on me to painstakingly calculate the new points and put the rest of the curve in by hand.  I want the equalizer work window to run like that.
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:**SteveTF responds:  Since Audacity does not currently support graphical interfaces for effects (which rules out the "CoolEdit Pro FFT filter" type GUI), could this be done using a bunch of sliders?
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:**Koz responds:  It could, but to figure out where the sliders go, I'd be curled up on the living room floor with my Toshiba adding machine, my Terman's book of six place log tables, number two lead pencil, and nice legal pad. If only we could make a machine to do these laborious calculations for us....
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:* '''Display curve name in [https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/filter_curve_eq.html Filter Curve EQ]:''' {{votesdate|2|27Dec20}} Only when unmodified preset is in use.
  
* '''Export text file containing amplitude data for each sample''' {{votes|18}} like [http://www.wavosaur.com/ Wavosaur]
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* '''Generate:'''
{{devcomment|1=Audacity now has [http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/sample_data_export.html Sample Data Export].}}
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<!-- ** '''All generators should remember their parameters across sessions.''' {{votes|5}} Currently only DTMF and Noise do so, stored in audacity.cfg FIXED -->
<ul><ul>
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** '''Provide way to default selection format to other than seconds.''' Either store the format in .cfg or let it default to the current Selection Toolbar format {{votesdate|36|09Aug17}}
<li>'''Import text file containing amplitude data for each sample''' {{votes|2}}
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*** "last used" is better {{votes|14}}
<li> '''RMS data wanted not just peak values''' {{votes|1}}  
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*** "same as Selection Toolbar format" is better {{votes|6}}
<li> '''Allow selection by seconds as well as samples''' {{votes|1}}  
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*** Possibly generation at a region should always default to hh:mm:ss + samples, but still allow different choice to be saved in Preferences {{votes|6}}
</ul></ul>
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** '''List notes for tone generation:''' {{votes|4}} e.g.middle C (264 Hz) etc.  
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** '''Applause''' {{votes|1}}  
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** (2.x) '''Text box input''' as in 1.2, because much simpler to overtype irrespective of the format, and allows copy and paste {{votes|8}}  
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** '''Choice of overtones to include:''' (within the limitations of the waveform chosen) {{votes|1}}.
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* '''Generate follows Recording Channels:''' Generate should give me stereo tone if Recording Channels is set to stereo in Device Toolbar {{votes|1}}.
  
* '''Track sample data:''' headroom to dBFS (audio level), peak minimum and maximum sample, RMS volume, replay gain etc. see SF, Wavelab, Cool Edit etc. over an arbitrary length of audio, even the whole file. {{votes|8}}
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* '''Noise Removal:'''
** '''This could go in Status Bar''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Save Noise Profile for re-use in another session''' such as the previous method in Audacity 2.x where enabling CleanSpeech mode loaded a saved noise profile).{{votes|9}}
<ul>{{devcomment|This could work well with the new VAMP analysis plug-ins/}}</ul>
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** '''Import/export noise profile as text file'''
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** '''Profile graphs''' showing an FFT of the noise profile at capture and graphs before and after removal step
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** '''Reset to Defaults''' {{votes|2}}
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** '''Modeless window:''' {{votes|5}} like Analyze > Contrast that lets you modify the selection with the window open. Clicking "Get Noise Profile" could then grab the profile but leave the window open while you select the audio to be noise-removed.
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** '''Presets (including user-addable)''' such as "light hiss", "60Hz hum" {{votes|2}}
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** '''Leave Only Noise''' option as in Adobe Audition. When user performs  this on a duplicated track which is then inverted and mixed with the original, it allows noise to be removed by pure cancel-by-inversion. 
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** '''Implement as a plug-in''' DX or VST, so people could use it in other applications. To filter noise out of mic input in real time, for example {{votes|1}}
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** '''Better noise removal without fiddling with sliders:''' {{votes|2}}  
  
* '''Find Clicks''' producing labels like "Find Clipping", possibly using sine-wave-curve-fit prediction algorithm and labelling where waveform diverges from prediction. {{votes|2}}
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<div id="normalizationrms"></div>
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* '''Normalize:'''
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:* {{done}} '''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replay_Gain Replay Gain] or RMS:''' {{votes|20}} The current peak value normalization is far from what human ears perceive. If hard to implement, we can normalize to RMS (light blue in waveform) values instead 
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:** {{done}} '''Or use [http://tech.ebu.ch/loudness/ EBU Loudness Recommendation R128]''' {{votesdate|3|02Jun18}}
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:*** '''Display a momentary loudness curve that could adjust the normalization:''' {{votes|1}}
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:* '''Percentages:''' as an alternative to decibels. Many people have problems with decibels. {{votes|3}}
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:* '''Smarter Normalize when isolated peaks much higher than others:''' {{votes|5}}
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:** '''Ignore isolated peaks:''' {{votes|3}} An adjustable percentage of the highest peaks are ignored for purposes of calculation, simply being left at the original level 
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:** '''Sacrifice quality in isolated peaks:''' {{votes|1}} Create histogram of levels that lets user choose normalisation dB or percentage and a percentage (or per thousand/million/billion) of peaks allowed to exceed the normalisation level
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:** '''Choose whether to ignore any peaks over 0 dB or not:''' {{votes|1}} (some intersample peaks may be deliberate). 
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:* '''Option to calculate track gains together to avoid changing stereo balance:''' When multiple stereo tracks are selected, only the highest peak level of ALL tracks should be considered to adjust each track by the same amount so that the volume of each track relative to each other will stay the same.  {{votes|6}}
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: {{devcomment|This is what Effect > Amplify does. Some people would argue "Amplify" should be called "Normalize". 2/0.x has an option to "Normalize stereo channels independently". If unchecked, this retains the channel balance in stereo tracks while still letting all '''tracks''' be normalized '''independently'''. It does not replicate Amplify by only calculating the amplification needed to bring the loudest channel or track to the required New Peak Amplitude, then amplifying all tracks by that amount. Some people do want Amplify and Normalize to be merged - see the vote below - but care is needed so that too many options are not provided which could make a single effect too complex.}}
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:* '''Normalize should be merged with Amplify''' {{votes|5}}
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:* '''Display the current absolute peak level:''' {{votes|1}}  
  
* [[Suggested Volume Analysis Capabilities]]:
 
** [[Suggested Volume Analysis Capabilities#Volume Spectrum analysis tool|Volume Spectrum analysis tool]]: Stepped volume envelope with histograms of volume against channel, and gain against volume steps.  {{votes|1}}
 
  
* '''Pitch Accuracy Analysis:''' add votes [[#pitch_accuracy|below]].
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* '''Nyquist plug-ins:'''
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** '''Preview Button:''' {{votes|2}}
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** '''Bundle as one large zip file:''' {{votes|2}}
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** '''Tabbed Interface:''' {{votes|3}} Could allow a simple interface on one tab and an advanced on the other, or help on the other tab
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** '''Remember settings post-session:''' {{votes|3}} 
  
* '''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vectorscope Vectorscope]: ''' {{votes|3}} as the example at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG_Vu32c0ZA, showing X-Y plot for two signals (left and right of stereo track).  
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* '''Nyquist Prompt:'''
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** '''Parenthesis matching:''' {{votes|1}} Highlight [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brace_matching matching open/close brackets] when one or the other is selected.  
  
* '''Oscilloscope:''' {{votes|1}} showing audio signal(s) converted to voltages over time.
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<div id="paulstretch"></div>
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* '''Paulstretch:'''
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** '''Add''' '''''"Shorten"''''' '''mode:''' {{votesdate|1|21Aug17}} As in the standalone version of [http://hypermammut.sourceforge.net/paulstretch/ Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch] effect.
  
*'''Spectrograms including Pitch (EAC):'''
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<div id="repair"></div>
<ul style="list-style-image: none; list-style-type: none">Also see [[#tddm|Multiple track views]] for votes for a split waveform/spectrogram view.
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* '''Repair:'''
<ul><li>'''Crosshair''' as in Plot Spectrum {{votes|13}} which enables on-screen measurement of the frequency and dB level. Length of audio should be the minimum interval possible taking the settings of the Fourier transform used in each track, namely the FFT size, window and overlap.
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** '''Vastly increased length of track to be worked on/works when zoomed out:''' {{votes|37}}  
<ul><li> Display low/high/centre of spectral selection on borders of a selection {{votes|6}} </ul>
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: {{devcomment|1=See [http://audacity.238276.n2.nabble.com/Patch-Repair-Clipping-Plugin-td2623796.html here] and [http://audacity.homerow.net/index.php?dir=modules%2F&download=fixclipping.zip this zip] for attempts to integrate Repair with Find Clipping}}
<li> '''Visual Tool editing of frequency or pitch:''' {{votes|10}} - examples [http://chkno.net/softwaretodo.html#spectrogram-paint here].
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***If selection made is too long, truncate it to maximum possible, but still let user drag the selection in either direction retaining the maximum length {{votes|4}}    
<ul><li>'''Erase Tool to remove pieces of spectrum:'''  {{votes|9}} e.g. removing harmonics or 'mouth noise' from vocals; brief noises at different pitch). See [http://www.divideframe.com/?p=spectrallayers Spectral layers]
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***Show the length that can be processed in current Selection Format, not samples {{votes|2}}
<li> Photoshop-like brush tool {{votes|2}} which would apply a chosen effect to an area of the spectrum which you paint it in.  The brush might operate like a dodge/burn tool, making the volume quieter/louder in that frequency, or maybe you would apply a wah-wah just to the low frequency by drawing only in the low area
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***Show an approximate processing time for long selections. {{votes|1}}
<li> '''Free shape selection tool'''
 
<li> '''Pen tool'''
 
<li> '''Pattern-matched brush tool:''' this would be a brush which attempts to match the area you are painting to pre-selected pattern before it applied the desired effect.
 
<li> '''Magic wand:''' to click on a color which selects all other pieces of that color
 
<li> '''Invert selection:''' so that you can select a frequency, invert the selection, delete the selection then be left only with the originally selected frequency. </ul>
 
<li> '''Export to image file''' (including PNG) {{votes|1}}
 
<li>  '''Export to image slideshow or video file''' {{votes|1}} 
 
<li>  '''Export as graph or graphable data:''' {{votes|1}} 
 
<li>  '''Vary FFT window overlap:''' {{votes|3}} Allow varying the overlap when generating the spectrogram.
 
<li>  '''Fully customize background color and spectrum colors''' not just grayscale or not {{votes|2}}
 
<li>  '''Export to three-column text file''' (energy/time/frequency)  {{votes|2}}
 
<li>  '''Exchange X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) axis:''' {{votes|1}}
 
<li>  '''Per-track spectrogram settings:''' {{votes|2}} When exploring the spectrogram, it would be convenient if it were possible to adjust by track the 'FFT Window' and 'Display' settings, which are now set through 'Preferences >Spectrograms'.
 
<li>  '''3D - Amplitude by Frequency by Time:''' {{votes|2}} 
 
<li>  '''Scale should have shorter horizontal line for non-integer k values''' {{votes|1}}  
 
<li>  See also [[#grid|Grid Lines]] </ul></ul>
 
  
<div id="automate"></div>
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* '''Repeat:'''
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** '''Add Delay''' so as to merge each repeat smoothly {{votes|5}}:  Current Repeat effect gives a very dry result compared to creating and playing a loop in software sequencers or drum machines. Some delay could be added after the end of the region to be repeated, then the start of each repeat has this delay mixed in.
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** '''Checkbox for "do not create split lines":''' {{votes|4}} visually very distracting when fitting project to window. 
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** '''Insert Silence between repeats:''' {{votesdate|1|15Mar17}}
  
== Automation ==
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* '''Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift:'''  
{{Hint|1=There is a separate [[Automation]] page for detailed discussions about new or advanced methods of workflow automation. For example we are at an early stage of developing the ability to drive Windows versions of Audacity from a perl or other [http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/scripting.html script] via a named pipe. At this stage this feature is suitable for developers only, but you can request the feature by voting below.}}
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** '''Percentage control for pitch''' {{votes|2}} so that conversions into semitone changes are avoided
<div id="scripting"></div>
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** '''Envelope GUI''' {{votes|2}}  
* '''Make Scripting (mod-script-pipe) available after enabling it in Preferences, without having to compile Audacity and the scripting module''' {{votes|25}} 
 
** Normalization/levelling and/or cropping of many files/tracks {{votes|5}}  
 
** Noise removal and other built-in filters {{votes|4}}
 
** Create many audio clips from many different audio files {{votes|4}}
 
** preconfigure exports to a particular format {{votes|4}}
 
** Repetitive use of effects at different parameters {{votes|2}}
 
** apply chains without use of mouse
 
** for audio analysis
 
** export files and their label track   
 
** using information from online music databases such as Discogs
 
  
===Command line support===
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* '''Truncate Silence:'''
<div id="cls"></div>
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** '''New option to work on each track separately not on mix''' {{votes|8}}    
* Control Audacity from command line {{votes|33}}
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** '''New option to truncate only leading and trailing silence''' {{votes|2}}
{{devcomment|1=See [http://sox.sourceforge.net SoX] for am alternative command line solution.}}
 
  
<div id="chains"></div>
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* '''VST Plug-ins:'''
===Improvements to the "Chains" (batch processing) feature=== 
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** '''Option for rescan on each launch''' plus "once-only" checkbox to restart on OK'ing Preferences {{votes|9}}
* '''Include features dependent on selecting regions''' (e.g. trim, fades) {{votes|51}}
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** '''Rescan without restart''' {{votes|5}}
{{devcomment|This is partly supported in Audacity 2.0.1 or later by adding to the chain appropriate [[Download Nyquist Plug-ins|Nyquist plug-ins]] that operate on selections.}}
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<!--** '''Load when using the effect, not on launch''' {{votes|3}} for greater stability and fewer licensing and other notices from third-party plug-ins -->
* '''Export FFmpeg formats''' {{votes|49}}
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** '''Install VST Effects dialog:''' Sort Name and Path separately {{votes|3}}
* '''Export format parameters''' {{votes|31}} like bit rate, as in the Options button in the file export window. Parameters for chained and non-chain exports should be stored separately.
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** '''Put the name of the effect first''' in the menu or omit manufacturer {{votes|6}}
* '''Export sample rate''' {{votes|38}} This is important for MP3 and other compressed formats because if a file imported for batch processing switches the project rate to something not supported by the export format, the batch comes to a halt at the resample dialog. Alternatively have a preference to OK the resample dialog automatically at the offered setting. This would not however alter the project rate, which is a separate suggested command 
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: {{devcomment|You can quit Audacity, open Audacity's [https://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/preferences.html#stored folder for application data], then open pluginsregistry.cfg and carefully exchange the Name with the Vendor information and the Vendor with the Name information. Your change will only persist until you rescan plug-ins, of course.}}
* '''Export Other uncompressed''' {{votes|26}}  
 
* Include '''Export Multiple''' {{votes|19}} with options into Chain commands
 
* '''Apply Chains to multiple projects''' {{votes|19}} instead of giving error messages
 
* '''Support Generate / Analyze effects''' {{votes|15}} both those built into Audacity and user-added ones in any other formats supported by Chains
 
* '''Recursive selection of all files in one or more directories:''' {{votes|11}}
 
* '''Export directory''' {{votes|10}}
 
* '''Export AIFF''' {{votes|2}}
 
* '''Export Labels''' {{votes|1}}
 
** Support Silence Finder {{votes|5}}
 
* '''VAMP support''' {{votes|2}}
 
* '''VST support''' {{votes|8}}
 
* '''LADSPA support''' {{votes|1}}
 
* ''' Apply Chains to files listed in LOF''' not mix the content into one file {{votes|3}}
 
* '''Command to delete the old replaced file''' {{votes|2}}
 
* '''Specify metadata using chain command'''
 
* '''Split Stereo Track:'''
 
* '''Single Chains dialog from which you can edit and apply the Chain''' {{votes|6}}
 
* '''Permit minimising Audacity while Chain in progress:''' {{votes|2}} 
 
* '''Example parameters:''' {{votes|1}} EX 1: (Reduce 4 dB at 2000 Hz with Q shelve 8 dB per Octave). EX 2: De-esser fx ( threshold= -24  above 3800 Hz )
 
* '''Make parameters configurable for:'''
 
** SaveHqMaster1 & 2
 
* '''Beep after a full Chain completes''' {{votes|2}}
 
** but no beep for individual dialogs in a Chain) {{votes|2}} See http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=213546#p213546.
 
* '''Import / Export buttons:''' so users can share Chains more easily {{votes|2}}
 
* '''Ability to recover Chains applied to files if they crash''' {{votes|1}}
 
* '''Wider Apply Chain dialog''' so you can see file names with long paths {{votes|1}}
 
* '''Apply Chain dialog should be interactive:''' so you can scroll the list vertically or horizontally {{votes|1}}
 
* '''Add Shortcut Keys''' e.g. CTRL + SHIFT + D to Chains array so that it can auto-task menu-dropdown and other manual mouse-click functions without disrupting batch automation. {{votes|1}}
 
  
=== Fader Automation === 
 
* '''Adjust the Mixer Board or Track Control Panel gain sliders while playing then record the slider moves''' so you can render them if desired. {{votes|4}}. Common feature on many other multi-track audio applications. In this way one can build up a mix, adjusting individual tracks and tweaking levels until just right. This would first require changing to linear envelope points.  Could be extended to panning (if we had a pan envelope).
 
  
== Better transcription support ==
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<div id="install"></div>
  
* '''Extend features/interface of Transcription Toolbar'''. {{votes|1}}.
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== Installation/first run, deployment and uninstallation ==
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* ''(Windows)'' '''Choose English language:''' {{votes|14}}  
  
* '''Label Tracks more suitable for transcription:''' {{votes|10}}  
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* ''(Windows)'' '''MSI installer for multiple installation on networked computers''' {{votes|9}} {{devcomment|There is a script [[Group Policy Installation|here]] that allows multiple installation via Group Policy or a tool to make an MSI installer [http://dennisbareis.com/makemsi.htm here].}}
** multi-line labels {{votes|4}}
 
** so they don't lock when audio track is not zoomed in far enough to create a scroll {{votes|2}}
 
** Freeform text box/small editing window better then you can copy paste all of it into a text editor when complete {{votes|2}} 
 
** each label should support more than 260 characters (which seems to be the limit on Windows) {{votes|1}}  
 
  
<ul>{{devcomment|Create 30 second tone, zoom out until it half fills screen then type in a label. When label is full, can't add more characters unless you zoom in (zooming allows you to scroll). [[User:James|James]]: If/when we improve transcription we want to support multi-line text and linking with a true text editor.}}</ul>
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* ''(Windows)'' '''User-customizable location for Start Menu shortcut''' {{votes|2}}
<ul><ul><li>Search for keywords within labels {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
 
  
== Effects ==
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* '''Complete uninstallation''' including removal of Audacity settings and temp folder {{votes|5}}
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{{devcomment|Not very clear how this could be done outside of Windows installers unless there was a separate executable to remove settings. Where there was an uninstaller, it could include a "repair" option to reset settings instead of having a separate executable to repair or remove them.}}
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* '''All-users settings, not per-user:''' {{votes|11}} This frees new users in a multi-user environment such as a college or audio lab from having to configure paths or features that have to be chosen on first use, such as language (in 1.2), LAME or FFmpeg (in Audacity 2.x).
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{{devcomment|You could run a script the first time a user logs on or otherwise pre-load
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their account with the settings wanted for Audacity.}}
  
{{Hint|See also [[#Highest-rated|Highest-rated]]}}
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* '''"Plug-ins" and "Modules" folders in Audacity's data folder''' {{votes|2}} (where audacity.cfg is). On Linux this means root access is no longer needed to modify these folders, and custom plug-ins aren't lost when updating from a package manager. OTOH "Plug-ins" and "Modules" would be hidden. This would be a drawback for Windows users which might outweigh the benefit of per-user plug-ins and modules.
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** '''Let user choose folder location''' {{votes|2}} could be done via an  AUDACITY_PATH environment variable for all platforms, or via an "Effects Manager" (doesn't matter then if folder is hidden), or via Preferences.
  
===New Effects===
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== Improved Resource or Project Management  ==
* '''Vinyl-specific noise removal effects''' such as low level rapid tickiness, groove rasping... (like GramoFile or other specialist [[Audio Restoration|tools]] ) {{votes|12}}
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* '''Additional options for saving "[http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/file_menu_save_other.html#Save_Compressed_Copy_of_Project... Compressed Copy]":'''
 +
** '''Lossless:''' {{votesdate|3|21Feb18}} Option to use FLAC (and / or other lossless compressed format) rather than Ogg.
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** '''One file per clip:''' {{votesdate|1|24Nov17}} rather than one file per track.
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* '''Priority:'''
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** '''Set overall Audacity priority:''' {{votes|6}} Raising Audacity priority can reduce risk of recording skips. Reducing might make it easier to work in other applications while exporting or running long effects. Could be a Preference but better to set on the fly with a button, its value stored in audacity.cfg and used on launch. Otherwise you need hacks such as computer's Task Manager to change priority after launch, or a shortcut to do so at launch using some external software.  
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** '''Per-thread or per task priority:''' {{votes|3}} Useful when Audacity projects and processes are separable and threadsafe.
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* '''Progress bar for waveform drawing:''' When I do a control-f (zoom to fit in window) in audacity on a 2 hour recording it takes a while before the waveform is displayed. Some busy indicator, maybe even progress bar might help.  Same for moving around in a file, which can take time. (even on striped disks) This also affects re-drawing of the waveform after applying pretty much any Effect.  {{votes|6}}
  
* '''Noise gate''' (not noise removal, just a simple binary gate) {{votes|14}}
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* '''Disk space check before exporting:''' {{votes|16}} - including indication of expected size of export, and choice to export partial file or cancel if insufficient space available. Would stop user exporting WAV files over the 2/4 GB limit, MP3s in excess of ringtone limits etc.
{{devcomment|A Nyquist noise gate plug-in is available [[Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Noise_Gate|here]].}}
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{{devcomment|Could only indicate that space was available at time of checking, could never guarantee the file would be completed if other disk events occurred. However Audacity 2.x does now have a warning if WAV/AIFF exports are not completed.}}
  
* '''Built-in Expander''' (which is often coupled with a noise gate) {{votes|14}}    
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* '''Capability Hints in GUI:''' Search and recognize existing hardware capabilities. Specifically, note limits on quality achievable due to RAM configuration, DAC bit counts, soundboard specifics such as dB gain at recording levels (41, 44, 96), and other software installed on the machine (iTunes, other popular players / organizers). Then customize recommendations by what is doable on that machine, but still allow anyone to get extreme if they wish. {{votes|1}}
** Compressor could include expander function {{votes|1}}
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* '''Detection of operating system with warning if Audacity version inappropriate:''' {{votes|1}} Suggestion made primarily due to problems with Mac users having the wrong version of Audacity 1.2 for their architecture then the correct LAME binary is not recognised, though most of this particular problem will disappear when 2.0 comes out as a universal binary. Maybe useful when 2.0 is mainstream and does not support OS X 10.3? 
** Presets such as for dbx/HighCom {{votes|1}}
 
  
* '''Filters:'''
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<div id="undo"></div>
** Bandpass {{votes|3}}
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<ul><li> '''Undo History''':
 
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<ul><li> '''Compress undo buffers''' {{votes|2}}
* '''DirectX effects''' not just VST {{votes|6}}
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<ul><li> (You can already clear the Undo buffers by opening the Undo History dialog box, and compressing will take lots of CPU and have little space gain unless you use a lossy compressor, which kind of defeats the point of undo...)</ul>
 
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<div id="history"></div>
<ul><li>'''Pitch correction''' after setting to required key (like Auto-Tune), including T-Pain forced pitch effect {{votes|13}} </ul>
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<li>'''Make Undo history viewable (but not actionable) after close project:''' {{votes|17|14Oct18}} just so you can see what those actions were. Can be done by:
{{Devcomment|1=See open source plug-in called [http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=11520 Autotalent].}}
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<ul><li> '''Export undo history or complete commands history''' as a .txt file {{votesdate|10|14Oct18}} or
<div id="pitch_accuracy"></div>
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<li> '''Store Undo history in the AUP file:''' {{votes|9|14Oct18}} then you could look at the items (grayed out) in View > History.
<ul><li>'''Pitch accuracy analysis:''' {{votes|1}} Could be a Nyquist effect that shows the average pitch with cents deviation of labeled notes, or average pitch then on a further run adds a waveform representation of the labeled audio showing pitch deviation over time. See: http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=73796.  
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<ul><li> '''Combine with feature to periodically save multiple timestamped AUP files as a backup''' {{votes|1}} </ul></ul>
<ul><li>'''Better as another View Mode accessed from Track Control Panel instead:''' {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
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<li>'''Make Undo active across sessions:''' {{votesdate|8|18Aug20}} Useful when projects are shared between users and you may want to undo the last thing(s) that someone else did. This saves the much larger space requirements as now of saving multiple backup projects at different stages of project progress. </ul> 
<div id="distortion_effect">
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{{devcomment|This could potentially require vast amounts of disk space, so could never be default.}}
{{ednote|'''Peter 30Jan17:''' [[ToDo-1]] Does Steve's new Distortion effect meet these requests?  If so we can move this to [[Completed Features]] }}
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<ul><li>'''Autosave history, so it can be restored after a crash:''' {{votes|1}} </ul>  
* '''Distortion:''' {{votes|18}} A "tube overdrive" type distortion would probably be useful for a wide range of material (including vocals and guitar). Example choices could include:
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{{devcomment|Autosave is currently inefficient in long projects, scanning the entire data. As of 2.0.6-alpha there are many actions that appear in history that are not autosaved. It may or may not be possible to periodically "export" the history list every N minutes to the AUP file, bypassing the data scan.}}
** Tube Overdrive
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<ul><li> '''More detailed/organised:''' {{votes|3}}  
** Fuzzbox {{votes|5}}  
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<ul><li> includes EQ Parameters applied {{votes|1}} 
** Robots {{votes|8}}
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<li> includes which tracks items were applied to {{votes|3}}  
** Tube distortion
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<li> should have separate entries for each track {{votes|1}} </ul>
** Walkie-Talkie
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<li> '''Add mute/solo state to history ''' {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
** Crunch
 
** Harmonic distortion (adds partials to the sound)
 
** Inharmonic distortion (adds frequencies that are not a integer product of the fundamental frequency)
 
** Hard clipping
 
** Soft clipping
 
** Cross-over distortion
 
** Tape saturation 
 
** "Modelled" distortion types - those that emulate specific distortion effects such as modelling a specific brand/model of speaker, microphone, amplifier or effect unit.
 
  
* '''Room Panning:''' Pan different tracks to different parts of a room for surround sound effect.{{votes|4}}
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* '''Project manager utility:''' {{votes|6}} Could include:
 +
** Safe renaming/moving/deleting of projects
 +
** Choose multiple projects to export from/import into at one go (including export multiple ability from each project)
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*** "Project Jukebox" to play selected projects in sequence {{votes|1}}  
  
* '''Channel Mixer (built-in):''' {{votes|1}} Similar to the Nyquist [http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Channel_Mixer Channel Mixer] but built-in with real-time preview, which would be particularly useful when using the effect for widening or narrowing the stereo field.
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* '''Project integrity''':
** '''Stereo widener''' {{votes|2}}  
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** <font color=gray><strike>'''Make copy-in default:''' Only this will completely avoid danger of user deleting dependent files. {{votes|5}}</strike></font> - ''this is now the default in current Audacity
{{devcomment|Available in the [http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_plug-ins#Channel_Mixer Channel Mixer] plug-in, but see above.}}
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** '''Store ''copy'' of .aup or autosave file as a backup''' {{votes|8}} Could be a vital recovery feature if a crash or error on saving causes the file to be corrupted or destroyed.
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** '''Incremental version check on audio file data''' (a la Volume Shadow Copy) because as of now, it seems to save anything it can and wants {{votes|1}}
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** '''Provide official MD5 and/or SHA1 sum''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Save timeline/track position metadata in each .au file''' to allow recovery if .aup file missing or damaged {{votes|2}}
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<ul>{{devcomment|Could have a significant performance impact as editing may require continual resaving of all the .au files}} </ul>
  
* '''Stereo effect from mono''' {{votes|3}}
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* '''Better multi-threading/multi-processing support:''' {{votes|18}} to use full potential of Dual-Core/multi-processor machines when exporting/editing the audio. Use Lisp process delegation for multi-core processing and (harder) multi-threaded operation. (Think: divide and conquer, process pools that operate on portions of the waveform and joining the result, and you will arrive at a solution)
{{devcomment|Available in the [http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_plug-ins#Pseudo-Stereo Pseudo-Stereo] plug-in.}}
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** '''Better thread separation''' {{votes|9}} to allow safe execution of simultaneous tasks to improve workflow. It should be possible on a modern machine to do things like simultaneously record in separate projects; record in one project while editing or exporting from another etc.
<ul><ul><li>use FFT? {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
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<ul>{{devcomment|'''LRN wrote:''' Multi-threading means two different things. 1: "Do two things simultaneously". This requires Audacity redesign to be more threaded. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCL OpenCL] wouldn't help here. [https://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/on_demand_loading.html On-Demand Loading] is an example of threaded design. 2: "Do one thing in two threads, which makes it go about two times faster". This requires special implementation and OpenCL would help. But it's not cost-effective to rewrite everything in
 
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symmetric_multiprocessing symmetric multi-processing] style. Only costly operations should be made parallel, everything else would benefit more from threaded design.}}</ul>
* '''Smoothen effect''', perhaps using a weighted average (or a better method){{votes|1}}
 
**I  wonder about a tool to easy removing of noise could be useful in the application. Like the rubber tool in f.ex. photoshop. The rubber tool should flatten the noise when you touch the noise. It would then be possible to remove noise with less zooming. And maybe it could be useful to have the possibility to set the pencil to (f.ex. with SHIFT ) only go complete horizontally.
 
  
* '''Specialised Voice effects:'''  
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* '''Additions to AUP project file:'''
** '''Basic:''' Change gender, Change age, Chipmunks, Zeus {{votes|11}}
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**'''Current View Mode of each track:''' {{votes|3}} "Default View Mode" in Tracks preferences will then affect only newly created tracks. View mode changes alone, like other view changes, may still not be sufficient to prompt for save of the project when closing.
<ul>{{devcomment|In the case of a track where the vocals are not solo but mixed in with other audio, how well this works depends how amenable the vocals are to being isolated. See [[Vocal Removal plug-ins]].}}
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** '''Window sizes and x/y positions:'''   {{votes|3}}
<ul><li> '''Advanced formant tools:''' {{votes|6}} Professional pitch change/tune while retaining the formants, so retaining the characteristics of the original voice
 
<li>Advanced filtering/analysis tools like [http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/ Praat] {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
 
  
* '''Dolby B/Dolby C filters''' for converting to/from tape recordings in Dolby) {{votes|4}}
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* '''Take advantage of unused GPU cycles:''' Graphics processing units have the processing power to run 3D image but Audacity doesn't use hi-res 3D. This unused power could potentially be harnessed to speed up audio processing.  {{votes|4}}
**<I> Will need quite a lot of trial and error by ear, as the Dolby process is recording level dependent. Needs expander and treble cut.</I>
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** '''Use Nvidia's freeware [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CUDA CUDA] parallel computing engine''' {{votes|1}}
**<I> I agree.  It would be tricky to get it right without straight-up copying the actual process.  This would be a licensing no-no.  Trust me, I work at Dolby.</I>
 
** <I>There is a Winamp plug-in which simulates Dolby decoding [http://www.hansvanzutphen.com/tape_restore_live/ here]. </I>
 
  
* '''Exciter''' to enhance album or tape recordings. It is actually an easy effect and only needs a high pass and distortion. This is widespread use in recording studios and radio stations. 
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* '''Improvements to audacity.cfg:'''  
{{devcomment|There are definitely some entries in the Forum for this - I will count votes later}}
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** '''Export and Import''' {{votes|1}}
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*** '''Immediate application of changes like modifying xml files:''' {{votes|1}}  
  
* '''Deverb/Echo Cancellation:''' Echo Removal Tool/Deverb slider. This could improve back-of-the-room recordings. Sliders are "Liveness," "Room Size," "Room Oblongedness," and "Dirt" (same as sliders in an Echo Generator). {{votes|8}} {{devcomment|Deverb is exceptionally difficult and virtually unknown in audio software except [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t22051.html Postfish].}}<ul><ul><li>Can't both deverb and echo cancellation be implemented by convolving the signal with a modified version of the room's impulse response?</ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No, those operations can't be performed by convolution, this is the case where '''deconvolution''' (aka inverse convolution) has to be used (well, not always).</ul></ul>
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* '''Audio clip library manager (built in):''' Many audio editors / DAWs have some sort of "library manager" that allows quick and convenient access to audio clips for use in the current project. {{votesdate|28Aug18|3}}
  
* '''De-essing'''  {{votes|5}}
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== Imports and Exports ==
  
* '''Re-essing:'''  This is to improve the sound of already low bandwidth voice recordings by adding higher frequencies.
 
  
* '''Multiply two frequencies''' multiply waveforms together as in AM radio
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<div id="importappended"></div>
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'''Import Appended:''' {{votes|39}} Import multiple files end-to-end in a single track. Would allow re-assembly/re-processing of LP/tape recordings for which no Audacity project exists. Also allows to import multiple tracks for CD assembly <p>Possible Enhancements:</p>
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* with labels containing their file names
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:{{devcomment|1=If not labeled, it will be important for many use cases that the imported files remain as separate audio clips.}}
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* Import multiple files (or even a single file) at cursor position:
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:{{devcomment|1=You can always Project > Import Audio and SHIFT + click or CTRL + click to select and import multiple files into a project as separate tracks. There is no automated process beyond that. No players can read the labels in the joined track other than Audacity - they aren't bookmarks in that sense, as there is no agreed standard for reading divisions within files. The labels can be exported to form the basis of a cue sheet.<p>A [https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=59528 Nyquist plug-in] is available to test which can import multiple WAV or AIFF files end-to-end from a directory or from a list of files, starting from either time zero or from the cursor position.</p>}}
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*Import one new file at cursor position: simpler/more important {{votes|3}}
  
* '''Convolve two audio signals''' {{votes|5}}
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'''Import below current track:''' This would be useful when working with projects that have a lot of tracks. Much easier than having to manually move a track after it has been imported at the bottom of the project. {{votesdate|2|21May19}}
** Yes, I realize that there is a lot of difficulty involved in avoiding clipping. Audio convolution can be used to make very convincing reverb effects. Please don't set limits for the length of the convolution signal. I want to be allowed to convolve much longer "regular audio" signals together.
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* See: [[Proposal: Rationalizing where new tracks are created to aid usability and consistency]]
** Convolution is built into the Nyquist language and is an incredibly powerful feature. If I understand correctly, one could take a simple click, perform any combination of filter/chorus/echo/reverb/equalization/etc. on it, and then apply this pre-calculated set of effects to a long signal. Why wasn't this added long ago, along with multiplying and adding signals? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convolution#Fast_convolution_algorithms Implementing convolution]
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:{{devcomment|1=This feature was first requested years ago, but appears to have been lost over time. A possible workaround would be a Nyquist Macro that moves the bottom track to immediately below the first selected track.}}
** Combine this with ''EQ Matching'' proposal?
 
  
* '''Chorus:''' {{votes|9}}
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*'''Previewing audio:''' A way to preview audio before importing it as a new track like with Adobe Audition?  {{votes|3}}
** '''Only needs rate and depth controls''' {{votes|8}}
 
** '''Multi-voice Chorus''' {{votes|1}}
 
  
* '''Repeat with Delay:''' {{votes|2}} Current Repeat effect gives a very dry result compared to creating and playing a loop in software sequencers or drum machines. Some delay could be added after the end of the region to be repeated, then the start of each repeat has this delay mixed in.
 
  
* '''Chop with segments of silence:'''
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<div id="newformats"></div>
** Merely adding in a definable length of silence after a set amount of time from the original stream. This would produce a cutting in and out effect, much more abrupt than a tremolo. It would need only two or three parameters, length of silence and length of audio.
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===New Import/Export Formats===
* '''Suppress quiet signals'''.  A squelch level suppression to squelch out signals below a adjustable preset level.  (originally this was in the recording enhancements section - but it's better as an effect.).
 
* '''EQ Matching:''' {{votes|4}}  SmartEQ function to sample the frequency spectrum of a given piece of audio with a pleasing equalisation, then bring a second piece of audio to the same spectral content. Useful for most cassette recordings and other other medium- and low-fidelity sources. Also usable for sfx. Note: where frequency content falls to the noise floor, this may increase noise level heavily in an attempt to compensate. This is easily addressed afterwards with the Noise Removal, or can be addressed during frequency correction with more coding. Possibly could be incorporated as a third radio button in the current 1.3.x equaliser, with a "Get Frequency Profile" button and ability to add useful profiles as a custom preset.
 
* '''Envelope follower:''' {{votes|4}} Dynamically modulate the volume of one track to match the volume of another. Select a waveform, extract its volume changes over time then apply these to another waveform making its envelope behave in exactly the same way.
 
* '''VCO-Synth:''' Something like a combination of Voltage-Controlled Oscillator and the "Sample and Hold" modules of the old ARP 2600 Synthesizer [analog]. 
 
**You could sample another waveform (in another track) at regular time intervals, and the instantaneous level of the sample determines the frequency of a tone generated for the same interval of time. In the real-world Arp 2600, you could patch the output of a VCO (or other audio source) into the input of the S&H module, then patch the S&H output into the control voltage input jack of another VCO. In the Audacity version, the user makes a selection in the track to be sampled (analogous to the first VCO) , and then (in a dialog box) selects the time interval between samples, the minimum and maximum frequency to be generated. The duration of the resulting sequence of tones to be generated in a new track would be the same as the duration of the original selection. Optional - select sine, sawtooth, square, or triangle waveforms for the generated tone. Another option would be to be able to sub-divide the length of the selection into X number of sample intervals, as opposed to specifying the duration of the interval. Typical results would be a sequence of discrete pseudo-random (frequency) tones at regular intervals, like a retro movie sound effect for a computer that's busy thinking. Another example: Sampling a triangle waveform whose period is much longer than the sample interval would result in a series of ascending and descending stepped tones.
 
* '''Reduce Formant / Boost the fundamental frequency of a signal''' - replace a vocal or instrument signal with the sine wave or square wave of the fundamental frequency of that signal.  Would help identify notes through overly distorted or overlayered signals. [http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=12901 forum post] {{votes|1}}
 
*'''Transfer Function Effect in time domain:''' {{votes|1}} Drawn with mouse, with presets and import/export.
 
{{devcomment|[[Nyquist]] has arguably more powerful functionality, but not graphical. So many rules could apply in any one case that the transferability would be very limited and case-specific.}}
 
  
===Other Improvements to Effects===
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{{Hint|There are some file formats and effect interfaces we can't support for commercial reasons. Please check our [[Features We Can't Implement]] page before adding features to the list below.}}
  
* '''General (Effect menu items):'''
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<div id="soundtrack"></div>
** Mouse scroll the Effect Menu {{votes|8}}  
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*'''Import/play video for synchronized soundtrack editing'''  {{votesdate|49|20Nov21}} No need for Audacity to edit the video. Alternatively, Audacity could send/receive SMPTE or MTC timecode data e.g. to VLC or mplayer.
*** without scrollbar {{votes|3}}
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:Logged as an Ehancement Request on GitHub: https://github.com/audacity/audacity/issues/2167
*** with scrollbar if necessary to make it work {{votes|1}}
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** '''Standalone SMPTE reader useful in own right''' {{votes|1}} e.g. for reading time track on an analog tape deck. 
** Real-time preview effects should have a method to apply and close in one go {{votes|5}}
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** '''Existing Timeline must show audio behind zero''' {{votes|1}}
** '''Effects stay open after processing''' {{votes|5}}. User-added plug-ins (at least, Nyquist) should have this capability too. Use cases:
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** '''Video window should have video timeline''' but Audacity window should not need separate video timeline {{votes|1}}  
*** Multiple pass effects such as Noise Removal
 
*** Facilitates repeating an effect on different selections but using different settings for each
 
**** An alternative would be a "Re-show last effect" shortcut as per GIMP
 
*** Useful if an effect is able to change the selection while open
 
*** Useful if plug-in has displayable help files like some Nyquist plug-ins
 
<ul><ul><li>'''Plug-ins can have different number of input and output tracks:''' for example surround encoder in the [http://plugin.org.uk/ plugin.org] package needs four inputs but produces two outputs.  {{votes|1}}
 
<li> '''Preview effects for whole duration''' of a selection with option to loop the preview {{votes|3}}</ul>
 
{{devcomment|Ability to choose preview length has been added to the Audacity 2.x.}}
 
<ul><li>'''Compare original (dry) with new (wet):''' {{votes|9}}
 
<ul><li>'''Dry and Wet Preview buttons''' {{votes|5}}
 
<li> '''Visual comparison''' {{votes|2}}
 
<li> '''Loop dry and wet in succession''' {{votes|1}}</ul>
 
<li> '''Curve Editor''' for each effect to adjust how ferociously the effect changes the sample by time (posted on behalf of nitrotrigger on [[Irc|IRC]]) {{votes|3}}
 
<li> '''Recallable presets''' {{votes|13}}
 
<ul><li>'''Or as a minimum, all effects should remember settings on exit''' {{votes|12}} 
 
<li> Should apply to effects under the divider too {{votes|6}}</ul>
 
{{devcomment|Currently only Equalization has presets.}}
 
<li>'''On-Demand effects:''' {{votes|2}} Effects apply while you continue to work (hear them applied in one part of the track by clicking there) 
 
<li> '''Defaults:'''
 
<ul><li>'''"Defaults" button'''  {{votes|4}}
 
<li>'''Marker on sliders to indicate default value''' {{votes|2}} </ul>
 
<li> '''Effects manager:''' for all formats. Browse for, add and remove plug-ins from menus, see which require restart/rescan to be visible, add and remove directories where Audacity scans for plug-in types, possibly choose location of plug-ins directory {{votes|22}} </ul>
 
{{devcomment|Quite difficult if extended to plug-ins outside the Audacity installation folder, where plug-ins can be in system folders. Also VST plug-ins in Audacity 2.x are managed by a "scan on restart" preference}}
 
<div id="reverb"></div>
 
<ul><li> '''Better, built-in reverb''' above the divider {{votes|52}} This guarantees a shipped reverb on Linux. The current GVerb has many issues. The built-in reverb should offer:
 
{{ednote|'''Peter 30Jan17:''' [[ToDo-1]] We have "retired" Gverb, replacing it with Reverb, so this should be movable to [[Completed Features]] or just simply removed from here. }}
 
<ul><li>more features {{votes|6}}
 
<li>more algorithms especially impulse response convolution reverb {{votes|7}}
 
<li>Very strong opinions to consider [[GVerb#Freeverb3|Freeverb3]] as the "best" benchmark/starting point for reverb types and features (but don't include the whole suite as is) {{votes|14}}
 
<li>sensible presets that do not depend on mixing with a duplicate to sound decent {{votes|6}}
 
<li>Wet/Dry mix control {{votes|2}}
 
<li>stereo output.{{votes|4}}
 
</ul>
 
{{devcomment|1=The [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjYYzNsNqlY&feature=youtu.be Harrison implementation] looks like an example of how to implement GVerb well, but that depends at a minimum on Audacity supporting real-time effects.}}
 
</ul></ul>
 
  
* '''Amplify:'''
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<div id="omf"></div>
** '''Linear "New Peak Amplitude" input:''' less confusing because it matches with default waveform (and the generate effects) {{votes|4}}
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* '''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Media_Framework_Interchange Open Media Framework Interchange]''' {{votesdate|7|15Apr18}}
** '''Toggle non-destructive clipping''' when in 32-bit float quality {{votes|1}}
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** Open Media Framework Interchange (OMFI) is a platform-independent file format intended for transfer of digital media between different software applications. Example: multi-track to/from Audition/ProTools/Cakewalk, etc.
** '''Option to launch at last used amplification level:''' {{votes|5}} even if the New Peak Amplitude is different each time. Use case is trying/undoing different amplification amounts to get the one you want, and you want to see quickly what you last tried (or do it again if you think that will give you the desired result. 
 
** '''Presets in dropdown menu:''' {{votes|2}} 
 
** '''Default to last used maximum dB level:''' {{votes|1}} Currently it defaults to 0 dB whereas Normalize defaults to last used maximum.  
 
  
* '''Bass and Treble:'''
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*Import/Export:
** '''Reinstate Bass Boost effect or add Frequency control to Bass and Treble:''' {{votes|7}}   
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** '''Speex'''.  Codec similar to Ogg Vorbis but optimized for voice. {{votes|11}}
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** '''WV''' WavPack {{votes|4}}
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** '''DSS''' {{votes|3}}
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** '''OFR''' files: (OptimFROG files, a lossless audio format that's smaller than FLAC).{{votesdate|2|24Nov17}}
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**'''MBWF''' (new multichannel extension for Broadcast WAV format) {{votes|2}}
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** '''MPC''' files (Windows) {{votes|2}}
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** '''DSD''' 1-bit Pulse Density Modulation (PDM) audio e.g. used in top-end portable recorders or for storage on SACD's. {{votes|2}}
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** [http://www.rowetel.com/?page_id=452 '''C2''' (Codec 2)] is an open source speech codec designed for communications quality speech between 700 and 3200 bit/s.{{votesdate|1|16Aug18}}
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** '''[http://www.cybercom.net/~dcoffin/rca/ RCA-VOC G.729a]''' compression codec for RCA Digital Voice Recorders {{votes|2}}
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** '''Aud-X (mp3 5.1)''' files {{votes|1}}
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** '''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Low_Bit_Rate_Codec iLBC]''' as defined in RFC 3951. Free/Open Source. One of the codecs used by Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger etc. Often wrapped in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_Audio_Format CAF] container {{votes|1}}
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:* '''Uncompressed FLAC''' {{votesdate|1|20Aug17}}
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{{devcomment|Although this option is supported by dBpoweramp, it offers no benefits over AIFF and may encourage belief in snake oil.}}
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** '''BIN''' sound files.{{votes|1}}
  
* '''Change Speed/Tempo/Pitch:'''
 
** Gradually increasing/decreasing tempo changes (without pitch change) to facilitate DJ-style mixing {{votes|6}}
 
** Allow changes in tempo/speed to be applied on the fly from the current (and ongoing) playback position. Currently changes in speed forces reverting to the start of cursor.  {{votes|1}}
 
<ul>{{devcomment|Edit > Move cursor... > to Selection End?}}
 
<ul><li>'''Change Speed: length of selection control''' like Change Tempo {{votes|19}}
 
<li>'''Change Speed: Use a change factor''' (e.g. 0.5x means half as fast, 2x means twice as fast) so that users are not confused by -50% doubling the length/halving the frequency, while you need +100% to halve the length / double the frequency {{votes|9}}</ul>
 
{{devcomment|This is now available with a "Speed Multiplier" control.}}
 
<ul><li>'''Change Speed: semitone pitch change control'''  {{votes|3}}</ul>
 
{{devcomment|Available with the "[[Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Change_Speed_by_Semitones|Change Speed by Semitones]]" plug-in.}}
 
<ul><li>'''Change Tempo: allow calculation of % change from less than whole BPM values.''' {{votes|3}} At slower tempi a non-integer change in BPM could mean a percentage change of two or three percent. Please notify info_AT_giovannierata_DOT_it if fixed...
 
<ul><li> This also allows this field to be used for any freeform units such as frames per second {{votes|3}}</ul>
 
{{devcomment|This functionality will be available from  Audacity 2.0.4 onwards.}}
 
<li> '''Change Speed/Tempo presets''' {{votes|8}}
 
<ul><li> '''Change Speed presets to/from 16 RPM''' {{votes|1}}</ul> 
 
<li> '''Dynamic Transient sharpening''' in Change Tempo/Pitch as in Sliding Timescale/Pitch Shift (without sliding of course) {{votes|2}}
 
<li> '''Option to use higher quality sbsms algorithm''' from Sliding Timescale/Pitch Shift (or amalgamate the tools so all that can be done in Change Tempo/Pitch can be done in Timescale) {{votes|3}}
 
  
<li> '''Window size choice''' in Change Pitch to combat FFT artefacts {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
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<div id="video"></div>
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* '''Import audio from video files/transport streams:''' such as AVI/MPEG/Ogg Theora e.g. by demuxing {{votes|14}}
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**Extracting Vorbis from multiplexed Ogg files should be an easy changeover.  Also note [http://wiki.xiph.org/MIME_Types_and_File_Extensions new specifications] on file names (e.g., <tt>.ogv</tt> for Ogg Video, <tt>.oga</tt> for Ogg Vorbis)
  
* '''Click Removal:'''  
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* Ability to extract and import '''Vorbis portion of Ogg files''' encoded with non-audio tracks, such as Theora. Currently gives an error "unknown format", straightforward modifications should do the trick. {{votes|2}}
** '''Detection for clicks that are of similar level to surrounding audio''' or generally more reliable detection {{votes|28}}. [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/click_removal.html Click Removal] gives hints for other solutions, but one tool should do the job in most cases, as with other software.
 
** '''Intelligent joining to boundaries''' {{votes|1}} like Repair so that doesn't potentially add artefacts by almost silencing the samples it replaces so leaving abrupt joins with the unchanged audio
 
  
<div id="compressor"></div>
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===Other Import/Exports===
* '''Compressor:'''
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<div id="multi-channel-import"></div>
** '''Multi-band:''' {{votes|8}} so retaining the same frequency distribution.
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* '''Multi-channel import'''
*** '''Include a de-esser in this:''' {{votes|1}}
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** Import multi-channel  files as all mono tracks {{votesdate|2|18Apr19}}
** '''Process stereo pairs together:''' {{votes|7}} so that the same amount of gain reduction is applied to both channels. The current Compressor applies different gain reduction to each channel which can lead to shifting of stereo image.
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:: Currently, the first two channels are one stereo track, which may be split to mono, but then the track numbering is incorrect.
** '''Shorter attack/release times:''' {{votes|5}}
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<div id="timestamp"></div>
*** '''Show attack/release times in milliseconds:''' {{votes|1}}
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* '''Timestamp metadata'''
** '''Text box input:''' {{votes|5}}
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**'''[http://cartchunk.org:8080/introduc.htm CART]''' metadata as used by radio stations There are several thousand users of Audacity who would find it convenient to have all the labeling of tracks done at the production stage rather then the 2 stages required now {{votes|4}}
** '''Configurable lookahead in milliseconds:''' {{votes|4}} so pre-emptively apply the compression. Don't just make it the same as the Attack Time as now. 
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**'''Option to not write [https://code.google.com/archive/p/awesome-wav/wikis/WAVFormat.wiki PEAK] chunk''' or at least not write time in this chunk when exporting as 32/64 bit float WAV. {{votesdate|1|04Dec20}}
** '''Choose upward or downwards compression independent of peak or RMS envelope:''' {{votes|2}}
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*'''BWF:''' Support reading/exporting metadata, (including embedded timestamp information) in Broadcast WAV files ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcast_Wave_Format BWF]) {{votesdate|43|09Oct19}}  
** '''Choose make-up gain amount''' {{votes|2}}
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::See:
** '''Built-in Hard limiter/dual slope/tabbed for different settings''' {{votes|2}}
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:::* https://tech.ebu.ch/docs/tech/tech3285.pdf
** '''Presets for common tasks:''' {{votes|2}} such as "Levelling speech", "Maximizing", "Audiobook compression", "Peak limiting". Eliminates the need to install third party compressor plug-ins for casual users.
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:::* http://www.blitter.com/~russtopia/MIDI/~jglatt/tech/wave.htm
** '''Finer Ratio discrimination than .5:''' {{votes|1}} 
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:::* http://www.sonicspot.com/guide/wavefiles.html
** '''Envelope-based''' tool that just works by dragging as in Digital Performer {{votes|1}}  
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::* cue chunks {{votes|6}}
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::* smpl chunks {{votes|4}}
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::* levl chunk for quick waveform visualisation (new addition to BWF as per http://tech.ebu.ch/docs/tech/tech3285s3.pdf) {{votes|3}}
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::* plst chunks {{votes|2}}
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::* Origination time {{votes|2}}
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::* One reason Audacity fails to support important metadata is that it does not support export of an [http://digitalcontentproducer.com/mag/video_aes_standard AES-31] compliant Audio Decision List (ADL)<ul><ul>{{devcomment|It's about priorities and to what extent mainline Audacity should support features the majority of users would not avail themselves of (even if they are "standards"). An equal case could be made for adding support for the [http://cartchunk.org:8080/introduc.htm CART] metadata chunk required by radio stations.}}</ul></ul>
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<ul><ul><ul><li> Timestamp metadata is e55ssential for working on projects of longer duration (interviews, news gathering, live recording, podcasts, etc). There are dozens of digital recorders that support BWF timestamp metadata. Leaving such features out of Audacity effectively excludes a large potential audience from using Audacity.</li>
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<li>As a workaround, I have just written a [[Importing Timestamp Information|python program]] that reads the WAV file in BWF format produced by the M-Audio Microtrack recorder, and generates a text file that can be imported as a label track into Audacity via Tracks > Edit Labels.(The hardest part was to search for the information on WAV chunk formats.[[User:Guenterrote|Guenterrote]] 21:53, 9 March 2010 (CST)
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<li>Also for recording directly with Audacity this feature would be helpful. In the [http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Alternative_Editing_Method Librivox wiki] they recommend to click (with tongue or so) after each error so you can find back easily these "auditive markers" while editing. This idea is very handy, but clumsy. Better would be that you could press a key which then sets a marker on the soundtrack.</ul>
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{{devcomment|If you have a finger free to press a key (or a foot if you have a foot pedal that delivers mouse clicks) then just change the Audacity shortcut for "Add Label at Playback Position" to some key that's easy to hit The comment is only relevant if you want to export an audio file with embedded markers.}} </li></ul></ul>
  
<div id="eq"></div>
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* '''Read/write embedded cue points in WAV files''' like CoolEdit {{votes|5}}
* '''Equalization:'''
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** and let them contain information from Audacity labels {{votes|1}}  
<div id="78curves"></div>
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** and have them act as snap points (e.g. marking bar or beat boundaries on rhythm samples) {{votes|1}}
** '''Reinstate 78 RPM EQ curves from Audacity 1.2:''' {{votes|25}}  
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* '''Read/write embedded loop points in WAV files''' like Wavosaur. {{votes|3}}
<ul>{{devcomment|You can generate a large number of company-specific 78 RPM and pre-RIAA LP curves using the experimental Nyquist plug-in "78 RPM EQ Curve Generator" and the curve tables on [[78rpm playback curves]].}}
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* '''Export File window:'''
<ul><ul><li> '''Automatic 78 RPM EQ from RIAA-recorded 78's:''' {{votes|9}} Inverts the curve to negate the RIAA EQ then applies the required 78 RPM EQ in one button press. More 78 RPM presets facilitate this (votes as above) </ul>
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** New checkbox “Export at current Play-at-speed". {{votes|2}} by Penguin on 19 July 2008
<li> '''De-emphasis for early CDs:''' {{votes|2}} using the WaveEmph or other curves (see  http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=65067 )
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** '''Timestamp button''' to add a string for current system date/time in the file name {{votes|2}}
<li> '''Improve accuracy:'''
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* '''Templated Command Line Export:''' Add variables to the Command Line Export Options that reference the contents of the various Metadata fields. These would be similar to the %f variable for Filename already available, allowing totally automated export of files to applications that support writing Metadata to files/understand the variables being passed. {{votes|3}}
<ul><li> '''Text input''' {{votes|8}}
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{{devcomment|Until then, a workaround to get the metadata exported when using the command line would be to disable Metadata Editor in Preferences and enter the metadata in the command line options using the relevant tag switches (for example in MP3s with LAME, --tt <title>) as described on the [http://lame.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/lame/lame/USAGE LAME usage page]}}
<ul><li> like Cool Edit's right-click on control point then type the values {{votes|2}}
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* '''Command line presets''' in an .ini or .xml file rather than retype over for different formats. {{votes|1}}
<li> Edit box like Label Editor that would list all the points and allow normal editing functions  like copy and paste {{votes|1}}</ul>
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* '''Command line pipes:''' For example [sox -t wav - -r 44100 -t wav - polyphase | lame -V6 --vbr-new - "%f"]
<li> Text entry box when double-clicking on Graphic EQ sliders as elsewhere {{votes|2}}
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* '''Set sample rate for export in export options:''' {{votes|5}}
<li> '''Cursor readout''' {{votes|7}}
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** Default could be the project rate, but if a single track is exported and has a different rate, use that rate.
<li> '''Zoomable grids''' {{votes|5}}</ul>
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* '''Set bit rate for export options for all formats:''' {{votes|1}}  
<li>'''[[Graphic Equalizer - simple|Simpler/more presettable Graphic EQ]]:''' {{votes|3}} Either an alternative interface with current EQ, or an additional built-in effect. 5 - 7 bands would be adequate/quicker for our many casual users. Greater range of general purpose presets needed such as "heavy bass boost", "light treble reduction", "equal loudness"....  These should be separated from other e.g. gramophone presets.  
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{{devcomment|Bitrate would be very confusing for most users where WAV/AIFF are concerned - it's (<bit format> * <number of channels> * <sample rate>) so 1411 kbps for a stereo, 16 bit 44100 Hz sample rate WAV.}}
<li> '''Graphic EQ sliders should allow choice of bandwidth''' {{votes|1}}
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* '''Invalid sample rate dialog:''' Add checkbox "Apply this rate to any remaining conflicts" (checkbox state is stored in .cfg) and/or add checkbox linked to Warnings Preferences "Don't warn again and always use highest rate". {{votes|7}}  
<li> '''Separate built-in Parametric EQ''' {{votes|3}} i.e. where all parameters controlling the tone change have their own control.
 
<ul><li>high pass, low pass and 3 or more bands {{votes|1}}</ul>
 
<li> '''Add built-in envelope''' so that amount of EQ (% of gain specified in parameters) can be varied over time {{votes|1}}
 
<li> '''Mini-waveform''' {{votes|2}} (time against amplitude) in which you can click to preview - see [http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html Wavepad]  
 
<li> '''Incorporate mini-spectrum plot''' {{votes|7}} ideally it should change when you modify the EQ curve
 
<ul><li>'''Include dry (pre-effect) spectrum too''' {{votes|1}} </ul>
 
<li> '''Save Presets without renaming "unnamed"''' {{votes|4}}
 
<li> '''More frequency-specific presets''' like "Very Bright", "Mid-range", "Classical", "Hard Rock", "Soft Rock", "Dr Dre" {{votes|3}}     
 
<li> '''User-saved presets should save filter length and Draw/Graphic mode''' {{votes|1}} e.g. a curve with low frequency control points will require maximum length to be reasonably accurate but this length will slow down processing of other curves un-necessarily.
 
<li> '''Smart Normalize before EQ to safe level for the requested curve''' {{votes|1}}
 
<li> '''Remember window size and position''' {{votes|3}} 
 
<li> '''FFT Filter''' seems to be missing in 1.3.3 (and in 1.3.5) </ul>
 
{{devcomment|The linear frequency scale in Equalization provides the same functionality}}</ul>
 
 
 
<div id="fadeinout"></div>
 
<ul><li> '''Fade In/Fade Out:'''
 
<ul><li> '''New controls for choosing the start and end amplitude gain'''  - quick linear fade, much simpler and quicker than the Envelope Tool (and VI-accessible)  {{votes|27}}
 
{{ednote|1=<p>
 
*'''Steve 12Nov12:''' Does there need to be a note that linear scale gain is not acceptable?
 
**'''Gale:''' One more person has requested both "target" and "% gain", so I added the votes. OK, I've now sifted through as many of these original requests for "start and end amplitude" as I could find (20). 14 of them say "%", four say "0.something", and two just say "partial linear fade" (but they mean the shape, I think). I've generalised the first order request and applied that ratio of those who wanted "%" and other features to the second order bullets. I think it's up to you and I if we allow linear scale of 0 - 1, but I'd still argue that it would confuse some users because of the similarity with the horizontal scale.
 
** '''Gale:''' If you add devcomments, please look at the result and fix the bullet points :=) </p>}}
 
<ul><ul><ul><li>'''Should be from % of original amplitude to another % of original amplitude''' {{votes|19}}
 
{{ednote|'''Peter 01Feb17:''' [[ToDo-1]] Doesn't Steve's Adjustable Fade do just this % change?  If so we can mark this as completed.  }}
 
<li> '''Additional Choice of fade to a target dB''', not by an amount {{votes|17}}</ul>
 
{{devcomment|As it stands, this feature could not be practicably realized for signals that have varying amplitude without a time period being specified within which the target amplitude should be attained. However there is still the possible choice of hiding the length issue from the user - the "help" would say what it actually does. See [[Talk:Feature Requests#target|discussion on Talk page.]]}}</ul>
 
<ul><ul><li>'''Choices for dB or linear units, and/or linear or logarithmic shape'''  {{votes|9}}</ul></ul>
 
<ul><li> '''Should include multiple envelope points''' {{votes|4}}
 
<li> '''Fade out according to freqency spectrum:''' fade bass more slowly like professional fader hardware to provide smooth fade and maintain depth right to the end </ul>
 
{{devcomment|1=This is implemented in the Nyquist plug-in [http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=66654 "Professional Fade Out"]}}</ul></ul>
 
 
 
* '''Generate:'''
 
<!-- ** '''All generators should remember their parameters across sessions.''' {{votes|5}} Currently only DTMF and Noise do so, stored in audacity.cfg FIXED -->
 
** '''Provide way to default selection format to other than seconds.''' Either store the format in .cfg or let it default to the current Selection Toolbar format {{votes|35}}
 
*** "last used" is better {{votes|14}}
 
*** "same as Selection Toolbar format" is better {{votes|6}}
 
*** Possibly generation at a region should always default to hh:mm:ss + samples, but still allow different choice to be saved in Preferences {{votes|6}}
 
** '''List notes for tone generation:''' {{votes|4}} e.g.middle C (264 Hz) etc.  
 
** '''Triangle option for Tone''' {{votes|7}}
 
*** with no alias option {{votes|2}}
 
** '''Applause''' {{votes|1}} 
 
** (2.x) '''Text box input''' as in 1.2, because much simpler to overtype irrespective of the format, and allows copy and paste {{votes|8}} 
 
** '''Choice of overtones to include:''' (within the limitations of the waveform chosen) {{votes|1}}.
 
  
* '''Noise Removal:'''
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* '''Easier file selection:'''
** '''Save Noise Profile for re-use in another session''' such as the previous method in Audacity 2.x where enabling CleanSpeech mode loaded a saved noise profile).{{votes|9}}
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** Allow multiple import from different directories by specifying in a list box {{votes|1}}
** '''Import/export noise profile as text file'''
 
** '''Profile graphs''' showing an FFT of the noise profile at capture and graphs before and after removal step
 
** '''Reset to Defaults''' {{votes|2}}
 
** '''Modeless window:''' {{votes|5}} like Analyze > Contrast that lets you modify the selection with the window open. Clicking "Get Noise Profile" could then grab the profile but leave the window open while you select the audio to be noise-removed.
 
** '''Presets (including user-addable)''' such as "light hiss", "60Hz hum" {{votes|2}}
 
** '''Leave Only Noise''' option as in Adobe Audition. When user performs  this on a duplicated track which is then inverted and mixed with the original, it allows noise to be removed by pure cancel-by-inversion. 
 
** '''Implement as a plug-in''' DX or VST, so people could use it in other applications. To filter noise out of mic input in real time, for example {{votes|1}}
 
** '''Better noise removal without fiddling with sliders:''' {{votes|2}}
 
  
* '''Normalization:'''
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* '''Automatic snap-to CDDA boundaries when exporting multiple with labels:''' Avoids small gaps when burning CDs, saves changing selection format and turning snap-to on manually. The FLAC encode actually has an option to do this. {{votes|2}}
** '''Percentages:''' as an alternative to decibels. Many people have problems with decibels. {{votes|3}}
 
** '''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replay_Gain Replay Gain] or RMS:''' {{votes|20}} The current peak value normalization is far from what human ears perceive. If hard to implement, we can normalize to RMS (light blue in waveform) values instead 
 
*** '''Or use [http://tech.ebu.ch/loudness/ EBU Loudness Recommendation R128]''' {{votes|2}}
 
**** '''Display a momentary loudness curve that could adjust the normalization:''' {{votes|1}}
 
** '''Smarter Normalize when isolated peaks much higher than others:''' {{votes|5}}
 
*** '''Ignore isolated peaks:''' {{votes|3}} An adjustable percentage of the highest peaks are ignored for purposes of calculation, simply being left at the original level 
 
*** '''Sacrifice quality in isolated peaks:''' {{votes|1}} Create histogram of levels that lets user choose normalisation dB or percentage and a percentage (or per thousand/million/billion) of peaks allowed to exceed the normalisation level
 
*** '''Choose whether to ignore any peaks over 0 dB or not:''' {{votes|1}} (some intersample peaks may be deliberate).
 
** '''Option to calculate track gains together to avoid changing stereo balance:''' When multiple stereo tracks are selected, only the highest peak level of ALL tracks should be considered to adjust each track by the same amount so that the volume of each track relative to each other will stay the same.  {{votes|6}}
 
<ul>{{devcomment|This is what Effect > Amplify does. Some people would argue "Amplify" should be called "Normalize". 2/0.x has an option to "Normalize stereo channels independently". If unchecked, this retains the channel balance in stereo tracks while still letting all '''tracks''' be normalized '''independently'''. It does not replicate Amplify by only calculating the amplification needed to bring the loudest channel or track to the required New Peak Amplitude, then amplifying all tracks by that amount. Some people do want Amplify and Normalize to be merged - see the vote below - but care is needed so that too many options are not provided which could make a single effect too complex.}}
 
<ul><li>'''Normalize should be merged with Amplify''' {{votes|5}}
 
<li> '''Display the current absolute peak level:''' {{votes|1}}  
 
</ul></ul>
 
  
* '''Nyquist plug-ins:'''
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* '''Import/Export of envelope points:''' as XML file {{votes|4}}  
**'''Preview Button:''' {{votes|2}}
 
**'''Bundle as one large zip file:''' {{votes|2}}
 
**'''Tabbed Interface:''' {{votes|3}} Could allow a simple interface on one tab and an advanced on the other, or help on the other tab
 
**'''Remember settings post-session:''' {{votes|3}}  
 
  
* '''Nyquist Prompt:'''
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* '''Label Export'''
** '''Parenthesis matching:''' {{votes|1}} Highlight [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brace_matching matching open/close brackets] when one or the other is selected.  
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** '''Include project name in exported file name:''' for example: projectname_labels.txt {{votes|2}}
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** '''XML/SMIL Label Export''' for using Audacity to analyze interviews or to generate Audio-Picture-Slideshows e.g. for educational use). Nodes: "trackname" with Nodes "start, end, label" or using [http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo/ SMIL]. {{votes|3}}
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** '''ODF Label Export''' with the timecode of each label in an ODF document. {{votes|1}} <ul>{{devcomment|[[User:James|James]]: We already have CSV. Already easy to get ODF.}}</ul>
  
* '''Make [[Nyquist Plug-ins Reference#Nyquist Workbench|Nyquist workbench]] an installable feature''' without having to compile Audacity from [http://web.audacityteam.org/community/developers#svn HEAD] as now.  
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* '''Import/Export playlist file like M3U/PLS'''.  Playlist is 'converted' to a track with separate clips, each clip being loaded from the specified file {{votes|2}} {{devcomment|You can as a workround edit playlist files into a .lof "list of files" format as per instructions [[How to import playlists|here]]. Audacity will then import the listed files, albeit into separate tracks}}
** Add syntax highlighting
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* '''Hierarchical Projects''' Importing a project into another project:  Could highly facilitate the development of big projects, because one can maintain the different parts separated {{votes|2}}
** "Insert plug-in Header" command
 
  
<div id="repair"></div>
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<ul> '''Metadata tags:'''
* '''Repair:'''
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<ul id="per_track_meta"><li>'''Separate tags for each imported file''' not have Metadata Editor take the tags from the last imported file {{votesdate|20|14May17}} </ul>
** '''Vastly increased length of track to be worked on/works when zoomed out:''' {{votes|37}}  
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{{devcomment|Separate metadata for each file can be achieved by using File > Open... to import each file into a separate project, or by using a [https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/chains_for_batch_processing_and_effects_automation.html Chain] applied to files. The requested feature needs much thought to be intuitive, given Audacity is a multi-track editor and can move audio data between tracks or mix tracks together. }}   
<ul>{{devcomment|1=See [http://audacity.238276.n2.nabble.com/Patch-Repair-Clipping-Plugin-td2623796.html here] and [http://audacity.homerow.net/index.php?dir=modules%2F&download=fixclipping.zip this zip] for attempts to integrate Repair with Find Clipping}}</ul>
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<ul><li> '''Track Number tag should have two fields "n" of "nn"''' (for example, 3 of 12) {{votes|1}}
::*If selection made is too long, truncate it to maximum possible, but still let user drag the selection in either direction retaining the maximum length {{votes|4}}    
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<div id="albumart"></div>
::*Show the length that can be processed in current Selection Format, not samples {{votes|2}}
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<li> '''Support lyrics and album art in metadata tags''' where the format supports this, so that you can add these, or at the least so that these are not discarded when you import and export the file {{votesdate|62|28Nov20}} 
::*Show an approximate processing time for long selections. {{votes|1}}
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<li> '''Support ID3v1:''' {{votes|6}}. Some MP3 players and specialised software or hardware require it e.g. BWF WidgetPro and some hard disc recorders can only identify MP3 timecode in ID3V1.
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<li> '''CR/LF in metadata:''' {{votes|1}} a way to enter Carriage Returns/Line feeds into the 'Comments Tag' field in the Metadata Editor. Audacity now truncates pasted text at the first CR/LF but more advanced tag editors support multi-line comments. Could be handled by a single-line edit box with "expansion" button. The single-line edit box displays the multi-line data without breaks; clicking the "expansion" button opens a new dialog with a multiline editor.
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<li> '''Connect to MySQL metadata database:''' {{votes|1}} so can select a song from the database and "push a button" to fill in the data for a recording in Audacity.
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<li> '''Support common ID3 tags that are not included in Audacity defaults, such as "Album Artist" (TPE2), "Composer" (TCOM) and  "BPM" (TBPM)''' {{votes|13}} rather than write them as user-specified TXXX tags that some tag editors cannot see ( [https://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=541 Bug 541]).
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<li> '''Support FMPS:''' [https://gitorious.org/xdg-specs/xdg-specs/trees/master/specifications/FMPSpecs?p=xdg-specs:xdg-specs.git;a=tree;f=specifications/FMPSpecs;hb=HEAD Free Media Player Specifications] {{votesdate|1|18Nov19}}
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<ul><li>Sufficient to only add "FMPS_RATING". {{votesdate|1|22Jan19}}
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</ul></ul>
  
* '''Repeat:'''  
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<ul><li> '''Import RAW data:'''
** '''Checkbox for "do not create split lines":''' {{votes|4}} visually very distracting when fitting project to window.
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<ul><li> '''Save and load Presets''' {{votes|6}}
** '''Add Delay''' so as to merge each repeat smoothly {{votes|3}}  
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<li> '''Remove hardcoding to maximum 100000 Hz''' {{votes|12}}  as per [https://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=192 bug 192]
 
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<li> '''Remove hardcoding to maximum 16 channels''' {{votes|4}}
* '''Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift:'''  
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<li> '''Command line options''' specifying channels, format, rate, etc. {{votesdate|2|06Feb18}}
** '''Percentage control for pitch''' {{votes|2}} so that conversions into semitone changes are avoided
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<li>'''Parse file names or extensions:''' {{votes|2}} for example "audio_16b_44100Hz_6c" or similar pre-fills the dialog</ul>
** '''Envelope GUI''' {{votes|2}}  
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{{devcomment|1=There is a [https://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=145 patch] submitted which automatically imports U-Law files as mono 8000 Hz via Import > Raw data based on their .ulaw file extension.}}
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<ul><li>'''Link or button to open Import Raw from Error importing dialog''' when error suggests using raw import {{votes|3}}  
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<li>'''Option to disable format guessing and use last used setting''' saved in audacity.cfg {{votesdate|6|10Mar20}}   
 +
<li>'''Retain format guessing but remember sample rate across sessions''' {{votes|2}}</ul>
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<li>'''Import/Export Project to Advanced Authoring Format (AAF)''': Or use AFF instead of .aup.  Makes Audacity projects compatible with many other audio (and video) editing applications. AAF supersedes OMF. See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Authoring_Format AAF on Wikipedia] and [http://sourceforge.net/projects/aaf/ AAF framework on SF].
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<ul><li> '''Keep import/export libraries up-to-date:''' {{votes|2}} for example libogg is several years out of date as at July 2010
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<li>'''Default MP3 export setting halves the bit-rate if the track is mono:''' {{votes|15}} When you invoke LAME from the command-line using the default command without parameters, it detects if the track is mono and produces a 64 kbps file (as opposed to producing a 128 kbps file if the track is stereo). With Audacity GUI MP3 export, the default export to MP3 always produces a 128 kbps file even if the track is mono.
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{{devcomment|1=When you invoke LAME from the command-line using the -b option then the specified bit rate applies. In Audacity's MP3 export GUI, the bit rate is always specified for CBR (and ABR) and is applied just as for command line export. What Audacity does not have is an option to leave the bit rate unspecified.}}
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<li>'''MP3 export option to use default LAME sample rate for the bit rate''' rather than use the Audacity project rate {{votes|1}}. Use case: import 44100 Hz MP3, export as 32 kbps MP3. Using -b 32 in (external program) export sets output sample rate to 22050 Hz (for mono) and often produces a better sounding file than leaving project rate at 44100 Hz.
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<li> '''Allow use of pre-existing system libraries:''' for example [http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/ ffdshow tryout] on Windows instead of both LAME and FFmpeg.
  
* '''Truncate Silence:'''  
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{{devcomment|[[User:Galeandrews|Gale]] There is no way to do that now, except by Custom FFmepg export or command-line export. The reason I disagree with the suggestion is that there would be no way to force an extension other than the allowed ones for the format. To workaround it, add the intended extension manually (for example, "dot.com.mp3"), then there will be no warning.}}
** '''New option to work on each track separately not on mix''' {{votes|8}}    
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{{devcomment|[[User:Bertyhell|Bertyhell]] I see your point but i disagree. what do you think about this: when you want no extension you choose "all files" from the extension menu, when you already have a point, check if its 3 or less chars behind the point and not only numbers, then you don't have to add extension, else you autoadd.}} 
** '''New option to truncate only leading and trailing silence''' {{votes|2}}
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{{devcomment|[[User:Galeandrews|Gale]] "All files" would not let you specify the format unless there was a huge dialog behind the "Options" button. Your rule would still not let me write "dot.com" to export "dot.com.mp3". There are 3 cases 1) force no extension 2) force non-standard extension 3) add format-appropriate extension even if file name has dot. I suppose 1) and 2) could be covered by a "Verbatim" checkbox which then never produces a warning and 3) by an "Always add extension" checkbox. I don't think any single rule will cover all cases. What does someone typing "music.mpg" want to produce - "music.mpg" or music.mpg.mp3"?}}   
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<li>'''Keep FFmpeg dynamic library support updated to latest FFmpeg:''' {{votes|3}}
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<li> '''Add 'Honour solo state' checkboxes to the 'Export' and 'Export Multiple' dialog boxes:''' {{votes|1}} There's [http://audacity.238276.n2.nabble.com/behaviour-of-mute-and-solo-td2414351.html#none some disagreement and user confusion] over whether the 'solo' buttons should affect exports.  Adding this option to the export dialogs will (a) allow the users to select the behaviour they prefer, (b) inform them
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the the default behaviour doesn't honour the solo state, and (c) reassure them that this isn't a bug.
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<li> '''Handle channel-position count data from imported files when exporting:''' {{votes|1}} Currently FLAC export leaves the number of reported positions unchanged even when removing channels before export, and WAV export (either with libsndfile or FFmpeg) removes the position count completely.  See https://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1589.
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<li> '''Allow export selected audio and/or Export Multiple to name files with start and length (or end) of the selection''' {{votesdate|1|02May17}}. See [https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=321925#p321925 this archived Forum response] for a script that can be run in Nyquist Prompt to label the selections with the requested information.
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</ul>
 +
* '''Need longer file names:'''  I would like for Audacity to be able to use long (up to 255 characters) file names
 +
without adding in its own arbitrary codes. I also checked it on a file name that
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doesn't contain parenthesis, and the same problem still occurs.  I start up Audacity and it has a blank project window. Then I import my first audio.  file. The name of the input file is "RAH 08 Out On the Edge (itunes)".  However, once it's done importing, both the project window and the tracks
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within it are named something like "RAH 08 Out On the Ed#4330D7".  Currently using Audacity 1.2.5 on Mac OS X (10.4), with Intel processor.
  
* '''Vocal Remover:'''
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*'''Option to select/de-select dither on export:''' Usually it is best to have dither enabled for high quality resampling, but in some situations it is preferable to disable dither. Having to go into Preferences to disable dither, and then go back into Preferences again to re-enable it (and remembering to do so as there is no visual indication in Audacity other than in Preferences whether dither is enabled or not) is very inconvenient. {{votes|2}}
** '''Removal of other than center-panned content, and isolation of content''' {{votes|10}}
 
** '''Stereo output''' {{votes|3}}
 
<ul>{{devcomment|See [[Vocal Removal Plug-ins]] for the issues involved in doing this and alternative tools already available. The main ways of improving such tools is by working on frequency/cepstrum rather than just spatial characteristics, plus (in the future) [[Source Separation Notes|source separation]].}}
 
<ul><li> '''Option to place original audio in one channel and ouput in the other:''' {{votes|1}} -  solves main problem of recording karaoke - when to sing according to the original timings </li></ul></ul> 
 
  
* '''VST Plug-ins:'''
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==Interface Modifications==
** '''Option for rescan on each launch''' plus "once-only" checkbox to restart on OK'ing Preferences {{votes|9}}
 
** '''Rescan without restart''' {{votes|5}}
 
<!--** '''Load when using the effect, not on launch''' {{votes|3}} for greater stability and fewer licensing and other notices from third-party plug-ins -->
 
** '''Install VST Effects dialog:''' Sort Name and Path separately {{votes|3}}
 
** '''Put the name of the effect first''' in the menu or omit manufacturer {{votes|6}}
 
<ul>{{devcomment|You can quit Audacity, open Audacity's [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/preferences.html#stored folder for application data], then open pluginsregistry.cfg and carefully exchange the Name with the Vendor information and the Vendor with the Name information. Your change will only persist until you rescan plug-ins, of course.}}</ul>
 
  
<div id="install"></div>
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{{Hint|In some cases requests for modifications are differences in user preferences, and are best entered as a request for a modification to [[#pref|Preferences]].}}
  
== Installation/first run, deployment and uninstallation ==
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<div id="monitoring"></div>
* ''(Windows)'' '''Choose English language:''' {{votes|14}}  
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* '''Preference for monitoring on by default''' {{votesdate|23|10Sep21}}
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** See [[Proposal Monitoring On]]
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{{devcomment|We initially didn't do this because of concerns about performance on lower powered machines.  We've since had feedback on this that is works fine and that not having monitoring "on" is causing a bigger problem - especially with new users.  This however is not such an easy change as it appears - handling the situation when a device is changed/swapped out for example but Audacity is still looking for an input to read - it may not be fixed quickly}}
  
* ''(Windows)'' '''MSI installer for multiple installation on networked computers''' {{votes|9}} {{devcomment|There is a script [[Group Policy Installation|here]] that allows multiple installation via Group Policy or a tool to make an MSI installer [http://dennisbareis.com/makemsi.htm here].}}
 
  
* ''(Windows)'' '''User-customisable location for Start Menu shortcut''' {{votes|2}}
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===New/Modified Toolbars or Menus ===
  
* ''(Windows)'' '''Support Windows 7 [http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/jump-lists Jump Lists]''' {{votes|3}}  
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* '''Customizable Toolbar:''' {{votes|7}} add/remove/move items from/between toolbars (similar to customising the toolbars in Firefox) and create a personal toolbar with just the icons you use heavily yourself (then you can hide all the other toolbars to save space)
** At least allow Audacity to support [http://code.google.com/p/jumplist-extender/downloads/detail?name=JumplistExtender_v0.4.exe&can=2 Jump List Extender] {{votes|1}}  
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** '''Customizable Menus:''' add/remove/move items from/between menus {{votes|1}}
  
* '''Complete uninstallation''' including removal of Audacity settings and temp folder {{votes|5}}  
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* '''Lock Toolbars:''' {{votesdate|3|04Mar21}} prevent accidental moving of toolbars by locking the layout. Unlock the toolbars to customize the layout. See also: [[Proposal:_GUI_Custom_Resets_for_Toolbar_Layouts|Proposal: GUI Custom Resets for Toolbar]]
{{devcomment|Not very clear how this could be done outside of Windows installers unless there was a separate executable to remove settings. Where there was an uninstaller, it could include a "repair" option to reset settings instead of having a separate executable to repair or remove them.}}
 
 
* '''All-users settings, not per-user:''' {{votes|11}} This frees new users in a multi-user environment such as a college or audio lab from having to configure paths or features that have to be chosen on first use, such as language (in 1.2), LAME or FFmpeg (in Audacity 2.x).
 
{{devcomment|You could run a script the first time a user logs on or otherwise pre-load
 
their account with the settings wanted for Audacity.}}
 
  
* '''"Plug-ins" and "Modules" folders in Audacity's data folder''' {{votes|2}} (where audacity.cfg is). On Linux this means root access is no longer needed to modify these folders, and custom plug-ins aren't lost when updating from a package manager. OTOH "Plug-ins" and "Modules" would be hidden. This would be a drawback for Windows users which might outweigh the benefit of per-user plug-ins and modules.
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* '''Ribbon toolbars''' or dropdown icons to help declutter the GUI {{votes|3}}
** '''Let user choose folder location''' {{votes|2}} could be done via an  AUDACITY_PATH environment variable for all platforms, or via an "Effects Manager" (doesn't matter then if folder is hidden), or via Preferences.
 
  
== Improved Resource or Project Management  ==
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* '''Effects Toolbar''' {{votes|9}} Should be able to be dragged to any area of the screen and dockable. Organize the visible buttons, organise the Effect menu and create favorites list.  
<div id="unitaryproject"></div>
 
* '''Smaller-sized and/or more unified project storage:''' {{votes|29}}
 
**See this proposal:  [[Proposal Unitary Project]]
 
** '''Single file, compressed audio (lossy or not)''' {{votes|18}} Uncompressed data not essential for sending to others if they are not editing it. The dual concept of the _data folder and .aup file is confusing and too interdependent.
 
*** '''Option to zip project on save:''' Reduces size losslessly and minimises recipient confusion  {{votes|5}}
 
*** '''Must be a lossless option''', single file more important than compression {{votes|5}}
 
<ul><ul>{{devcomment|Audacity 2.x now has ability to save a compressed project, one OGG file per track, but still with a separate .aup file.}}
 
<li>'''Each track as one file''' {{votes|3}} This is how commercial multitrack apps like Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools etc usually handles multitrack audio.
 
<li> '''Keep .aup file and _data folder together in one folder.''' {{votes|3}}
 
<li> '''Compatible with version control software''' (e.g. unchanged tracks or chunks always appear the same in binary form) --[[User:Skorpion|Skorpion]] 11:04, 11 March 2010 (CST)
 
</ul></ul>
 
  
* '''Priority:'''
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* '''Repair Toolbar''' {{votes|1}} containing (left to right) Zoom In/Repair/Zoom Out buttons. Both Zoom buttons zoom by (say) factor of 10 if Control key depressed. Breaks monotony of using the keyboard all the time and holding and releasing the mouse to highlight the repair area.
** '''Set overall Audacity priority:''' {{votes|6}} Raising Audacity priority can reduce risk of recording skips. Reducing might make it easier to work in other applications while exporting or running long effects. Could be a Preference but better to set on the fly with a button, its value stored in audacity.cfg and used on launch. Otherwise you need hacks such as computer's Task Manager to change priority after launch, or a shortcut to do so at launch using some external software.
 
** '''Per-thread or per task priority:''' {{votes|3}} Useful when Audacity projects and processes are separable and threadsafe.
 
* '''Progress bar for waveform drawing:''' When I do a control-f (zoom to fit in window) in audacity on a 2 hour recording it takes a while before the waveform is displayed. Some busy indicator, maybe even progress bar might help.  Same for moving around in a file, which can take time. (even on striped disks) This also affects re-drawing of the waveform after applying pretty much any Effect.  {{votes|6}}
 
  
* '''Disk use limit for recording''' {{votes|11}}
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* '''Global "hide/show toolbars" switch''' {{votes|1}} retains the same toolbar positions when unhid - preferably keyboard accessible too.
** '''Option to Disable''' {{votes|1}}
 
  
* '''Disk space check before exporting:''' {{votes|16}} - including indication of expected size of export, and choice to export partial file or cancel if insufficient space available. Would stop user exporting WAV files over the 2/4 GB limit, MP3s in excess of ringtone limits etc.
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* (macOS) '''When applying a shortcut for a command that is in the menus, make that root menu item flash in the menu bar, like Apple apps do.''' {{votes|1}}
{{devcomment|Could only indicate that space was available at time of checking, could never guarantee the file would be completed if other disk events occurred. However Audacity 2.x does now have a warning if WAV/AIFF exports are not completed.}}
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{{devcomment|FileZilla which uses a slightly later version of wxWidgets (3.0.3) than we do (3.0.2) shows this flash, so possibly Audacity might show that too when we upgrade wxWidgets again.}}
  
* '''Capability Hints in GUI:''' Search and recognize existing hardware capabilities. Specifically, note limits on quality achievable due to RAM configuration, DAC bit counts, soundboard specifics such as dB gain at recording levels (41, 44, 96), and other software installed on the machine (iTunes, other popular players / organizers). Then customize recommendations by what is doable on that machine, but still allow anyone to get extreme if they wish. {{votes|1}}
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* '''Analyze Menu:'''
* '''Detection of operating system with warning if Audacity version inappropriate:''' {{votes|1}} Suggestion made primarily due to problems with Mac users having the wrong version of Audacity 1.2 for their architecture then the correct LAME binary is not recognised, though most of this particular problem will disappear when 2.0 comes out as a universal binary. Maybe useful when 2.0 is mainstream and does not support OS X 10.3? 
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** '''Real-time Tuner:''' like Tuning Fork in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GarageBand GarageBand]  {{votes|1}}  
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<ul>{{devcomment|See [[Instrument tuners|here]] for some free instrument tuner applications and a possible method to tune instruments in Audacity using a pre-recorded track and [https://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/plot_spectrum.html Plot Spectrum].}}</ul>
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<ul><ul><li> '''Repeat last used analyzer:''' {{votesdate|7|05Jan21}} Like "Repeat <effect> CTRL + R" but for Analyzers.  
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<ul><li> '''Allow users to give it a keyboard shortcut so that it is separate from CTRL + R.''' {{votesdate|1|07Mar17}} </ul></ul></ul>
  
<div id="undo"></div>
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<div id="paste"></div>
<ul><li> '''Undo History''':
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* '''Edit Menu:'''
<ul><li> '''Compress undo buffers''' {{votes|2}}
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** '''Insert File:''' {{votes|5}}  
<ul><li> (You can already clear the Undo buffers by opening the Undo History dialog box, and compressing will take lots of CPU and have little space gain unless you use a lossy compressor, which kind of defeats the point of undo...)</ul>
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*** '''Dialog allows insertion of multiple files, each at specified cursor positions''' not just insertion of one file at wherever the current position is {{votes|1}}
<li>'''Make Undo history viewable (but not actionable) after close project:''' {{votes|14}} just so you can see what those actions were. Can be done by:
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** '''Paste Special:''' More commands including "Replace", "Mix" and "Insert Before" as well as the standard "Paste" for "Insert After."  {{votes|13}}
<ul><li> '''Export undo history or complete commands history''' as a .txt file {{votes|7}} or
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*** '''Paste Mix:''' {{votes|3}}
<li> '''Store Undo history in the AUP file:''' {{votes|7}} then you could look at the items (grayed out) in View > History.
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*** '''Paste Crossfade Mix''' {{votes|2}}
<ul><li> '''Combine with feature to periodically save multiple timestamped AUP files as a backup''' {{votes|1}} </ul></ul>
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*** '''Paste Replace:''' {{votes|1}}
<li>'''Make Undo active across sessions:''' {{votes|7}} Useful when projects are shared between users and you may want to undo the last thing(s) that someone else did. This saves the much larger space requirements as now of saving multiple backup projects at different stages of project progress. </ul>  
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*** '''Paste Fill:''' {{votes|1}} A special case of "Replace" where the region pasted into is filled with the content of the clipboard (truncated or repeated as needs be) so as to maintain the length of the track. Obvious use case is maintaining synchronisation in video sound tracks.
{{devcomment|This could potentially require vast amounts of disk space, so could never be default.}}
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**  '''Move cursor with short key and value''' e.g. 1.5 minutes forward by pressing +180 [enter], -10 to go back 10 seconds.  {{votes|4}}
<ul><li>'''Autosave history, so it can be restored after a crash:''' {{votes|1}} </ul>
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*** Please make this available as "move cursor" and "move + select" from cursor position, as it's currently not so easy to select fixed length areas. This should also allow parts of seconds, e.g. +10.25 to go forward 10.25 seconds. As a quick workaround a keyboard shortcut to reach the Selection Start/End/Length/Audio Position Box without moving the mouse would be very helpful.
{{devcomment|Autosave is currently inefficient in long projects, scanning the entire data. As of 2.0.6-alpha there are many actions that appear in history that are not autosaved. It may or may not be possible to periodically "export" the history list every N minutes to the AUP file, bypassing the data scan.}}
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** '''Select sub-menu:'''
<ul><li> '''More detailed/organised:''' {{votes|3}}
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*** '''Quick-Play Range, Move Cursor > Quick-Play Start", "Move Cursor > Quick-Play End'''
<ul><li> includes EQ Parameters applied {{votes|1}}  
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*** '''Halve selection length, double selection length''' {{votes|1}}
<li> includes which tracks items were applied to {{votes|3}}  
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*** '''Shift selection by length of selection:''' Shift Left and Shift Right, e.g. if a bar of music is selected, the next or previous bar becomes selected. {{votes|1}}
<li> should have separate entries for each track {{votes|1}} </ul>
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*** '''Invert Selection:''' Huge time saver, would require support for multiple regions as per [[Select multiple label regions and invert selection| multiple label selection]]. As a cheaper allternative, Effect > "Repeat last effect on inverted selection", running the effect separately on the two selections.  {{votes|3}}  
<li> '''Add mute/solo state to history ''' {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
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*** '''Split off "Select" items into their own menu.'''
 +
** '''Region Save/Restore:'''
 +
*** '''Restore to same zoom level and timeline position''' {{votes|5}} Use case: zoom into selection scroll a bit to find a part to edit, then go back to original selection.
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**** Also see [[#New/Modified Toolbars or Menus|Edit Toolbar]] for idea to '''toggle Fit/Unfit of Selection or Project''' - you may want to modify the selection before going back to last zoom level   
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*** '''Save multiple regions''' {{votes|2}}
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*** '''Restore last used:''' {{votes|2}} so you don't have to remember to save. If user repeated the command, we would need to decide if it alternated between the last two regions or carried on going back in time (or provide a choice for those).
  
* '''Project manager utility:''' {{votes|6}} Could include:
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* '''Make "Silence Audio" non-destructive so it could be undone at any time.''' {{votesdate|3|25Sep17}} Could be a feature of Envelope Tool or it could work like an "automation control" for the Mute button. </ul>
** Safe renaming/moving/deleting of projects
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* '''Edit Toolbar:'''
** Choose multiple projects to export from/import into at one go (including export multiple ability from each project)  
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** '''Delete selection:''' Cut (scissors) also too easily used for this in error
*** "Project Jukebox" to play selected projects in sequence {{votes|1}}  
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** '''Fit Project fits vertically as well as horizontally''' like CoolEdit {{votes|3}} 
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** '''Fit/Unfit Selection, Fit/Unfit Project:''' {{votes|3}} So much easier to go back to last zoom and timeline state. 
 +
** '''Save Project'''  {{votes|1}}
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** '''Delete Project''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Select Current View''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Select All''' {{votes|2}}
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** '''Split:'''  Cut (scissors) is too easily used for Split by mistake
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** '''Zoom:'''
 +
*** '''Zoom Maximum button''' (sample level) (or to a configurable preset close to maximum) {{votes|8}}
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*** '''Zoom Normal button ''' {{votes|5}}
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*** '''Vertical''' from/to state where collapsed tracks are at some minimum size (still able to display gain/pan, or still showing sample rate and format). {{votes|7}}
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**** Could be done by CTRL + click on the current zoom button  {{votes|1}}
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*** '''To beginning or end of a selection'''  {{votes|7}}
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*** '''Zoom to selection should have small space at right and left''' so selection may be adjusted without scrolling {{votes|6}} 
 +
*** '''Zoom presets:''' {{votes|9}}
 +
<ul><ul>{{devcomment|Briefly we had a "zoom toggle" button with a double magnifying glass that switched between two levels of zoom. It remembered the zoom level for the last two uses, so clicking it twice always returned you to last zoom level.}}
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<ul><li> '''Zoom slider''' {{votes|4}} for finely graded zooming
 +
<ul><li> '''Display current zoom factor on Status Bar''' {{votes|2}}</ul>
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</ul></ul></ul>
  
* '''Ability to open an AUP file by dragging in''' - it should just open a new project window {{votes|3}}
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* '''Effect Menu:'''
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** '''Reopen <last effect>:''' {{votesdate|7|07Mar21}} without running it, with a new shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+R. Useful to apply the same effect several times with different settings, for example if applying Equalization, Compression or filters. Would also be an easier way to re-access Noise Removal after grabbing the Noise Profile.
  
* '''Project integrity''':
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* '''File Menu:'''
** '''Make copy-in default:''' Only this will completely avoid danger of user deleting dependent files. {{votes|5}}
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** '''Overwrite:''' {{votesdate|22|31Mar21}} Just overwrite the imported file without any questions asked about name, format or options
** '''Store ''copy'' of .aup or autosave file as a backup''' {{votes|8}} Could be a vital recovery feature if a crash or error on saving causes the file to be corrupted or destroyed.
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*** See also requests for a [[#New/Modified Preferences|preference]] to "Export to same format as imported file" and "File > Overwrite on Exit".
** '''Incremental version check on audio file data''' (a la Volume Shadow Copy) because as of now, it seems to save anything it can and wants {{votes|1}}
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** '''Preview file within file open dialog'''   {{votes|8}}
** '''Provide official MD5 and/or SHA1 sum''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Separate Export to <format> menu items''' as in 1.2 {{votes|4}}  
** '''Save timeline/track position metadata in each .au file''' to allow recovery if .aup file missing or damaged {{votes|2}}
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** '''File information within file open dialog:''' {{votes|3}}
<ul>{{devcomment|Could have a significant performance impact as editing may require continual resaving of all the .au files}} </ul>
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** '''Media File Information:''' {{votes|5}} Separate window that displays full audio characteristics of any file that has been imported into the project.  
 
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** '''Print Special:''' {{votes|1}} to print selected parts of waveform
* '''Better multi-threading/multi-processing support:''' {{votes|18}} to use full potential of Dual-Core/multi-processor machines when exporting/editing the audio. Use Lisp process delegation for multi-core processing and (harder) multi-threaded operation. (Think: divide and conquer, process pools that operate on portions of the waveform and joining the result, and you will arrive at a solution)
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** '''Separate "Recent Projects" and "Recent Files" menus''' {{votes|1}}  
** '''Better thread separation''' {{votes|9}} to allow safe execution of simultaneous tasks to improve workflow. It should be possible on a modern machine to do things like simultaneously record in separate projects; record in one project while editing or exporting from another etc.
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** '''"Open" to open Audacity Projects only''' ("Import" opens audio files). Suggested that users look for "Open" to open audio files because this is more understandable than "Import", but then can't find "Save" to save an audio file. If only projects were available in "Open", it "might" educate them to find "Import" {{votes|5}}
<ul>{{devcomment|'''LRN wrote:''' Multi-threading means two different things. 1: "Do two things simultaneously". This requires Audacity redesign to be more threaded. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCL OpenCL] wouldn't help here. [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/on_demand_loading.html On-Demand Loading] is an example of threaded design. 2: "Do one thing in two threads, which makes it go about two times faster". This requires special implementation and OpenCL would help. But it's not cost-effective to rewrite everything in
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<ul>{{devcomment|One disadvantage is that a new way would be needed to allow "importing" into a new project in one step. More importanly, import is just as misunderstod as export is.}} 
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symmetric_multiprocessing symmetric multi-processing] style. Only costly operations should be made parallel, everything else would benefit more from threaded design.}}</ul>
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<ul><li> '''Reload imported file from disk:''' with dialog if more than one file currently imported. Useful if generating/simultaneously editing uncompressed files in other applications.
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<li>'''Only have Export item, not Export Selection:''' {{votes|1}} The problem is now that if you select audio then press Export thinking that exports the selection as in some other applications, it actually exports all. </ul>
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{{devcomment|A couple of people have objected that you can't then export all while retaining the selection, or you may forget to remove the selection.}}</ul>
  
* '''Additions to AUP project file:'''
 
**'''Current View Mode of each track:''' {{votes|3}} "Default View Mode" in Tracks preferences will then affect only newly created tracks. View mode changes alone, like other view changes, may still not be sufficient to prompt for save of the project when closing.
 
** '''Window sizes and x/y positions:'''  {{votes|3}}
 
  
* '''Take advantage of unused GPU cycles:''' Graphics processing units have the processing power to run 3D image but Audacity doesn't use hi-res 3D. This unused power could potentially be harnessed to speed up audio processing.  {{votes|4}}
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* '''Generate Menu'''
** '''Use Nvidia's freeware [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CUDA CUDA] parallel computing engine''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Repeat last used generator:''' {{votesdate|4|05Jan21}} Like "Repeat <effect> CTRL + R" but for Generators.
  
* '''Improvements to audacity.cfg:'''  
+
* '''Help Menu'''
** '''Export and Import''' {{votes|1}}
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<div id="pdfmanual"></div>
*** '''Immediate application of changes like modifying xml files:''' {{votes|1}}  
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** '''PDF version of Manual''' {{votes|82}} This gives you overall search, and is much simpler if you want to launch the Manual out of your file manager.
 +
** '''Hard copy purchasable official Manual''' {{votes|7}}
 +
** (2.x) '''Screenshot Tools:'''  
 +
** '''Option to capture only the waveform/spectrum/pitch''' excluding all interface parts {{votes|9}} 
 +
<ul>{{devcomment|File > Print lets you print an image with the track content only, plus the Timeline}} 
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<ul><ul><li> '''customised image format and quality''' {{votes|3}}
 +
<li> '''auto crop''' {{votes|1}}
 +
<li> '''customised background color''' {{votes|1}}</ul></ul></ul>
  
* '''64-bit version of Audacity for faster processing''' addressing more than 4 GB RAM and support for 64-bit plug-ins{{votes|15}}
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* '''Label Track:'''  
* '''Documentation more integrated with GUI:''' {{votes|6}}
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** '''Next and Previous Labels''' buttons in panel of Label Track. {{votes|2}}
** '''Links/buttons go to relevant help in the Manual''' {{votes|4}}
 
** '''Tooltips for extra help''' {{votes|3}}  
 
** '''Right-click context menu with list of all Wiki/docs entries'''
 
  
== Imports and Exports ==
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* '''Metadata Editor:'''
 +
** '''Right-click copy and paste''' for all fields, not just Genre. {{votes|1}} 
 +
** '''Ability to remove default fields''' {{votes|1}}
 +
<ul>{{devcomment|There would also have to be a way to restore the default fields, or make it so that removing them would only work while the Metadata Editor was open, so that a Template or Default could be saved with fields removed.}} </ul>
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:* '''Load template without overwriting current data''' so that only empty fields are overwritten. {{votesdate|26Aug18|1}}
  
{{Hint|There are some file formats and effect interfaces we can't support for commercial reasons. Please check our [[Features We Can't Implement]] page before adding features to the list below.}}
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<div id="meter"></div>
 
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* '''Meter Toolbar:''' See [[VuMeter|more suggestions about the VU Meters]] that only have one vote. If you like any of those suggestions, move them from there to here and increase to 2 votes:  
===New Import/Export Formats===
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** '''Allow meter to dock vertically at any edge/corner''' {{votes|9}} - this a) lets you resize the project window without losing the relative position of the meters b) lets the main window keep focus so still accept the R "Record" shortcut after clicking in the meter to monitor. This same argument can be extended to all toolbars. 
 
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*** '''Vertical dock must be at reduced width too''' {{votes|4}}
*Import/Export:
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** '''Configurable samples-to-trigger :''' {{votes|6}} Meters require 3 consecutive samples to clip, Show Clipping 1 sample and View Clipping 3 samples (by default); user should at least be able to change the meter trigger value with 1 sample being offered 
** '''Speex'''.  Codec similar to Ogg Vorbis but optimized for voice. {{votes|11}}
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*** '''Configurable level-to-trigger :''' {{votes|3}} Useful if the hardware insists on clipping below 0 dB e.g. SoundBlasters.
**'''Native [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opus_%28audio_format%29 Ogg Opus] support:''' {{votes|19}} - replaces Speex
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** '''Proper window with minimise/close buttons and title bar as in 1.2''' {{votes|10}}  
*** Support Opus info {{votes|1}} - diagnostic tool giving technical information about the Opus file.
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** '''Standards-based meter:''' See [[VuMeter#standards|details]]. {{votes|5}}
** '''OMF''' multi-track to/from ProTools/Cakewalk, etc. {{votes|5}}
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***  EBU standard R128 {{votes|1}}
** '''Aud-X (mp3 5.1)''' files  {{votes|1}}
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***  ANSI C16.5 VU meter {{votes|1}}
**'''MBWF''' (new multichannel extension for Broadcast WAV format) {{votes|2}}
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** '''Per-track recording meters''' {{votes|4}} 
** '''MPC''' files (Windows) {{votes|2}}
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** '''LED/bar type with sticky peak sections:''' {{votes|4}} Especially helpful for live recording. Now you need to watch the meters in real time, and the sliding peak indicator only holds position for a few seconds. Cakewalk Sonar has this with a reset button.   
** '''DSS''' {{votes|3}}
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*** '''Reset button for red clipping hold light''' {{votes|2}} irrespective of type of meter bars 
** '''OFR''' files: (OptimFROG files, a lossless audio format that's smaller than FLAC).
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** '''Compressor/limiter peak hold line''' to show maximum amount of compression/limiting since starting.  Can help finding right settings without having to watch very closely.
** '''DSD''' 1-bit Pulse Density Modulation (PDM) audio e.g. used in top-end portable recorders or for storage on SACD's. {{votes|2}}
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** '''Display meter ticks/values above 0 dB/FS''' {{votes|2}}
** '''[http://www.cybercom.net/~dcoffin/rca/ RCA-VOC G.729a]''' compression codec for RCA Digital Voice Recorders {{votes|2}}
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** '''Control for Meter/Waveform (dB) display range''' on the fly instead of in global preferences {{votes|2}} Cascading menu item "Meter/Waveform dB range > " in the right-click meter menu?
** '''BIN''' sound files.
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** '''Display/name the input being monitored''' {{votes|1}} I understand that this info would have to initially come from the drivers and that it might be named poorly. I'd like to change the name of each of these inputs myself. For instance, I have a card with 8 analog inputs, and 5 different input names, multi (for access to all the inputs), and 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8. In the Edit -> Preferences menu these all have the words "M-Audio Delta 1010LT" in front, but I don't need to see that.
** '''WV''' WavPack {{votes|4}}
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** '''"Peak Hold" for RMS level:''' Similar to the vertical bar that displays the highest peak of the last 3 seconds, but for the RMS level when "RMS" is selected as the meter style. {{votesdate|1|03Jul19}}
** '''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Low_Bit_Rate_Codec iLBC]''' as defined in RFC 3951. Free/Open Source. One of the codecs used by Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger etc. Often wrapped in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_Audio_Format CAF] container {{votes|1}}
 
** '''[[QuickTime]]''' files on Windows/Mac {{votes|6}} <ul>{{devcomment|Support for importing QuickTime based formats has been reintroduced in 1.3.3 for users on OS X}}</ul>
 
  
* Ability to extract and import '''Vorbis portion of Ogg files''' encoded with non-audio tracks, such as Theora.  Currently gives an error "unknown format", straightforward modifications should do the trick.  {{votes|2}}
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* '''Options Toolbar: a new toolbar''' {{votes|1}} for easy access to Envelope/Fade/and possibly other options
  
===Other Import/Exports===
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* '''Project Menu:'''
 +
** '''A new menu''' {{votes|3}} that accepts that novice users don't understand projects and "export". Keeping everything do to with projects out of File menu should ease confusion, shorten the File menu and allow later expansion of project handling/management.
  
* '''Quick Export:''' the essential feature is that the Export button saves the file - no dialogs, questions, or clicks after that. Paths/file names/formats are configured beforehand, probably in Preferences (these could include to use the path/file name the original file comes from, or a fixed location) {{votes|8}}
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* '''Selection Toolbar:'''
** This feature is especially useful if combined with the request below for a timestamp included in the file name, especially for wildlife recording where you want to make frequent short recordings without having to divert too much time or attention from the actual subject.
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<ul><ul><li>'''New selection formats:
**[[User:Edgar|Edgar]] I put code on the forum which stores the Import directory and uses that to seed the Export dialog: [http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=53568 forum topic]
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<div id="microseconds"></div>
<ul>{{devcomment|See [[Proposal Menu Reorganisation#File Menu|Proposal Menu Reorganisation]] for some ideas that are being discussed for project save and file export. There are also some [[#pref|votes]] to have preferences for file name and/or path, but still having to go through a file save window to give the ability to change format on the fly.}}</ul>
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<ul><li>'''Microseconds [µs]:''' {{votes|26}} Very important to measure exact frequency of a certain cycle or speed of sound - 1.2.6 supports microseconds but later versions don't</ul>
 
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{{devcomment|The relevance of µs divisions are perhaps a little spurious for audio applications given that the smallest selectable time unit is one sample period (around 22.68 µs at the default sample rate of 44100 Hz)}}
* '''Read/write embedded cue points in WAV files''' like CoolEdit {{votes|5}}
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<ul><li> '''Milliseconds''' {{votes|1}} (on their own, like seconds) useful for video and other synchronisation delays
** and let them contain information from Audacity labels {{votes|1}}  
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<li> '''23.976 Drop Frame:''' {{votes|1}}  
** and have them act as snap points (e.g. marking bar or beat boundaries on rhythm samples) {{votes|1}}
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<li> '''23.976216 NTSC Frames:''' {{votes|1}}
* '''Read/write embedded loop points in WAV files''' like Wavosaur. {{votes|3}}
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<li> '''29.970 NTSC Frames:''' {{votes|1}}
* '''Export File window:'''
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<li> '''29.970628 NTSC Frames''' {{votes|1}}
** '''Checkbox here and in Export Multiple window for exporting leading white space as silence''' {{votes|14}}. Could be a preference or a render option rather than only export. See also http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=80408.
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<li> '''Minutes + seconds:''' (without hours) {{votes|2}}
** New checkbox “Export at current Play-at-speed". {{votes|2}} by Penguin on 19 July 2008
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<li> '''Seconds + Hundredths and/or Seconds + Milliseconds:''' {{votes|2}}  
** (2.x) '''Options too undiscoverable/hard to remember/fiddly to access''' {{votes|11}} Ideas:
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<li> '''Customized user-chosen syntax:''' {{votes|1}} e.g. omitting hours or alphabetical separators
*** Dynamic text shows current settings for those formats with options {{votes|3}}
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<li> '''Favorites for quicker access:''' {{votes|1}}
*** Tooltip {{votes|3}}
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</ul>
*** Fly-out dialog when you select the format {{votes|2}}
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<li> '''Permanent indication of/add box for total length of project:''' {{votes|6}}
*** Go back to individual <export format> items in File menu {{votes|3}}
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<ul><li>This should be "end-time" minus "start-time", so ignoring white space at the start {{votes|1}}
** '''Timestamp button''' to add a string for current system date/time in the file name {{votes|2}}
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<li>Show project length when Length button is selected with no region selected {{votes|1}}</ul>
* '''Templated Command Line Export:''' Add variables to the Command Line Export Options that reference the contents of the various Metadata fields. These would be similar to the %f variable for Filename already available, allowing totally automated export of files to applications that support writing Metadata to files/understand the variables being passed.  {{votes|3}}
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<li> '''Presets for frequently entered values''' {{votes|1}}
{{devcomment|Until then, a workaround to get the metadata exported when using the command line would be to disable Metadata Editor in Preferences and enter the metadata in the command line options using the relevant tag switches (for example in MP3s with LAME, --tt <title>) as described on the [http://lame.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/lame/lame/USAGE LAME usage page]}}
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<li> '''Copy/paste from system clipboard''' {{votes|2}}
'''Cross-platform project files''' - somebody on Mac got burned by being given Audacity Project files from a PC. Audacity doesn't warn you that you should export WAV instead and there’s nothing in the instructions.
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<li> '''Percentage of project selected''' {{votes|1}}  
{{devcomment|Projects saved by Audacity 1.2.2 and later are cross-platform, but you have to supply the other user with the _data folder as well. See [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/sending_your_work_to_others.html Sending your work to others].}}  
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<li> '''Visual indication when Project Rate changed due to file import''' e.g. flashes red
* '''Command line presets''' in an .ini or .xml file rather than retype over for different formats. {{votes|1}}
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<li> '''Mouse position indicator:''' like Photoshop X/Y info while mouse being moved. Could be used to preview a new position without having to click to lose the original one. Could possibly be a tooltip instead {{votes|2}}  
* '''Command line pipes:''' For example [sox -t wav - -r 44100 -t wav - polyphase | lame -V6 --vbr-new - "%f"]
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<li>'''"Number of tracks" and "select track number..." box''' {{votes|2}}
* '''VBR as Default:''' Export MP3 should use by default variable bitrate to efficiently allow best quality, probably also with a low-pass filter enabled. It appears to me the available bitranges are still too narrow in the current (1.3.4) version. Please see {{external|http://jthz.com/mp3}}  {{votes|1}} {{devcomment|The MP3 export options dialog does have to balance offering more advanced options with being usable by the majority of users. All you need to do if you want more exotic options such as those allowing the exported VBR MP3 to contain a wider range of bitrates, is to put LAME.exe in the Audacity installation folder then select "external program" instead of "MP3 files". Then enter your command string. For example, for the highest quality command  that page suggests, you'd enter:<br>lame -V1 --vbr-new -b112 --lowpass 21 -q0 - "%f"'' }}
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<li>'''Project rate in kHz''' for easier reading {{votes|1}}
* '''Set sample rate for export in export options:''' {{votes|5}}
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<li> '''Separate time displays for End and Length''' Very useful to see both at the same time{{votes|2}}
** Default could be the project rate, but if a single track is exported and has a different rate, use that rate.
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<li> '''Separate widget for Selection Format to replace current three widgets:''' {{votes|1}} It uses (a little) more space but aids discoverability of feature. </ul>
* '''Set bit rate for export options for all formats:''' {{votes|1}}  
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{{devcomment|If "Samples" is the selection format, Audacity is running in a language that uses long words, the OS uses large fonts/and or user runs at 800x600, there isn't room without modifications such as End/Length above each other, or move Audio Position (which appears to be editable but isn't) elsewhere.}} </ul>
{{devcomment|Bitrate would be very confusing for most users where WAV/AIFF are concerned - it's (<bit format> * <number of channels> * <sample rate>) so 1411 kbps for a stereo, 16 bit 44100 Hz sample rate WAV.}}
 
* '''Invalid sample rate dialog:''' Add checkbox "Apply this rate to any remaining conflicts" (checkbox state is stored in .cfg) and/or add checkbox linked to Warnings Preferences "Don't warn again and always use highest rate". {{votes|7}}  
 
  
* '''Easier file selection:'''
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* '''Snap To: '''
** Allow multiple import from different directories by specifying in a list box {{votes|1}}
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** '''Beats''' {{votes|16}}
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** '''Zero Crossings''': useful for "silent" edits and looping. {{votes|6}} 
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** '''Should apply to dragged clips''' {{votes|5}}
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** '''Should apply to dragged/resized labels''' {{votes|4}}
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** '''Toggle on/off when performing operation:''' For example, shift before drag snaps selection edge or cursor position) {{votes|1}}
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** '''Cut lines''' {{votes|1}}
  
* '''Automatic snap-to CDDA boundaries when exporting multiple with labels:''' Avoids small gaps when burning CDs, saves changing selection format and turning snap-to on manually. The FLAC encode actually has an option to do this. {{votes|2}}
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* '''Tools menu: a new menu''' {{votes|2}} for: 
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** features or plug-ins that do not generate audio or require a selection
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** Some of the "utility" commands that don't fit well in the existing menus
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** Linear or Exponential Envelopes (Envelope Tool Options)
 +
** Fade In/Out options
 +
** New "Utility" type Nyquist plug-ins that do not generate, process or analyze.  
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** '''Repeat last used Tool:''' {{votesdate|4|05Jan21}} Like "Repeat <effect> CTRL + R" but for Tools.
  
* '''Import/Export of envelope points:''' as XML file {{votes|4}}  
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* '''Tools Toolbar:'''
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**  '''One row of icons instead of two''' giving space to fit other toolbars underneath or make more space for waveform {{votes|6}}
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** '''Toggle follow playback/record''' allowing editing of an area while continuing to listen. Available during playback/record.
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* '''Tracks Menu''' 
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** '''Unsolo All Tracks:''' {{votes|5}} this would be a one-click way to hear what you were going to export in Standard Solo Button Mode.
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** '''Button for Add Label:''' {{votes|3}} It could add label at selection when track static, otherwise at playback or recording cursor
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** '''CrossFade and Mix:''' {{votes|1}} Unexplained feature that crossfades (specifed regions?) in selected tracks then mixes.
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** '''Edit Properties''' {{votes|2}} Like Labels Editor, a table with columns (to change Name, Mixer Board icon, track number, Pan, Gain, Mute, Solo and track start time). It should include a Play button and import/export as a text file
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** '''Edit Labels:'''
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*** '''Include label track metadata:''' {{votes|1}} It would be useful to store and export information not strictly needed for creation of the label track, such as the label track start, end and duration, number and duration of labels and user comments (use case is for Powerpoint presentation where slides have to change at precise points in the sound track).       
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** '''Sort Tracks works on selected tracks''' {{votes|2}} 
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** '''Mono to Stereo''' {{votes|4}}
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<ul>{{devcomment|Given a) you can Edit > Duplicate then use the Track Drop-down menu > Make Stereo Track; b) the mono track will play through both speakers and sound the same as the "stereo" track; c) a menu item would encourage the myth that 2-channel mono is stereo, it seems a non-starter?}}
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<ul><ul><ul><li> A shortcut for "Make Stereo Track" such as CTRL + SHIFT + # would allow for quicker usage of plug-ins which first require a rendered stereo track, e.g. "Psuedo-Stereo". {{votes|1}}</ul></ul></ul></ul>
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* '''Transport Menu:'''
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** '''Rename to Play/Record''' so discoverable by novices {{votes|4}}
  
* '''Label Export'''
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<div id="transport_toolbar"></div>
** '''Include name of label track''' in the file fields so this displays in the label name upon import {{votes|3}} 
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* '''Transport Toolbar:'''
** '''Include project name in exported file name:'''  for example: projectname_labels.txt {{votes|2}}
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** '''Separate loop-play button''' {{votesdate|10|23Nov17}}  
** '''XML/SMIL Label Export''' for using Audacity to analyze interviews or to generate Audio-Picture-Slideshows e.g. for educational use). Nodes: "trackname" with Nodes "start, end, label" or using [http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo/ SMIL]. {{votes|3}}
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*** '''Arguably we need an alternative optional Transport Toolbar with smaller buttons''' to accommodate this - until then the extra button could be seen as "clutter" {{votes|2}}  
** '''ODF Label Export''' with the timecode of each label in an ODF document. {{votes|1}} <ul>{{devcomment|[[User:James|James]]: We already have CSV.  Already easy to get ODF.}}</ul>
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*** '''Loop button to loop whole track even if selection''' {{votes|1}}   
 
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<ul>{{devcomment|You can currently press SHIFT while clicking play (discoverable by a tooltip when the mouse hovers over the Play button)}}</ul>
* '''Import/Export playlist file like M3U/PLS'''.  Playlist is 'converted' to a track with separate clips, each clip being loaded from the specified file {{votes|2}} {{devcomment|You can as a workround edit playlist files into a .lof "list of files" format as per instructions [[How to import playlists|here]]. Audacity will then import the listed files, albeit into separate tracks}}
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<ul><ul><li>'''One-handed method e.g. right-click to make Play button loop''' (not loop by SHIFT-click) {{votes|2}}  
* '''Hierarchical Projects''' Importing a project into another project:  Could highly facilitate the development of big projects, because one can maintain the different parts separated {{votes|2}}
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<li> '''Play button icon has vertical bar to left:''' {{votes|3}} to show that it plays from editing cursor
 
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<li> '''Pause button changes to Play icon (with no vertical bar) in paused playback state:''' {{votes|3}}
* '''Metadata tags:'''
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<li>'''Loop-Attribute to Play instead of Loop-Start-Button''' {{votes|1}}: for editing you rather always need Loop than ever Play.
** '''Separate tags for each imported file''' not have Metadata Editor take the tags from the last imported file {{votes|16}}   
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<li>'''Separate Stop and Set Cursor button:''' {{votes|11}}
<ul>{{devcomment|Separate metadata for each file can be achieved by using File > Open... to import each file into a separate project, or by using a [http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/chains_for_batch_processing_and_effects_automation.html Chain] applied to files. The requested feature needs much thought to be intuitive, given Audacity is a multi-track editor and can move audio data between tracks or mix tracks together. }}  
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<li> '''Separate Append-Record button''' {{votes|4}}
<ul><li> '''Track Number tag should have two fields "n" of "nn"''' (for example, 3 of 12) {{votes|1}} 
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<li> '''Stronger indication in Record button of active recording''' {{votes|2}}
<div id="albumart"></div>
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<ul><li>Bright red with blurred effect like an LED  {{votes|2}} </ul> 
<li> '''Support lyrics and album art in metadata tags''' where the format supports this, so that you can add these, or at the least so that these are not discarded when you import and export the file {{votes|52}}
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<li> '''Resize to half-height''' {{votes|4}} to align with a half-height resizable Tools Toolbar   
<li> '''Support ID3v1:''' {{votes|6}}. Some MP3 players and specialised software or hardware require it e.g. BWF WidgetPro and some hard disc recorders can only identify MP3 timecode in ID3V1.
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<li>'''List of available buttons with options to enable or disable, and change order.''' {{votes|1}}
<li> '''CR/LF in metadata:''' {{votes|1}} a way to enter Carriage Returns/Line feeds into the 'Comments Tag' field in the Metadata Editor. Audacity now truncates pasted text at the first CR/LF but more advanced tag editors support multi-line comments. Could be handled by a single-line edit box with "expansion" button. The single-line edit box displays the multi-line data without breaks; clicking the "expansion" button opens a new dialog with a multiline editor.
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<li>'''Square buttons as on Mac''' {{votes|2}}
<li> '''Connect to MySQL metadata database:''' {{votes|1}} so can select a song from the database and "push a button" to fill in the data for a recording in Audacity.
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<li>'''Smaller buttons''' {{votes|2}}  
<li> '''Support common ID3 tags that are not included in Audacity defaults, such as "Album Artist" (TPE2), "Composer" (TCOM) and "BPM" (TBPM)''' {{votes|13}} rather than write them as user-specified TXXX tags that some tag editors cannot see ( [http://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=541 Bug 541]). </ul></ul>
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<li>'''No separate Stop button:''' press Play and Record to toggle start and stop {{votes|4}}
 
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<li>'''No separate Pause button:''' let Play and Record become Pause once depressed, can be distracting looking for/having to hit a separate button. {{votes|1}} </ul>
<ul><li> '''Import RAW data:'''
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{{devcomment|Some users find recording starts quicker with a Pause > Record > Pause sequence that needs a separate button}}  
<ul><li> '''Save and load Presets''' {{votes|6}}  
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{{usercomment|We obviously can't have both of these, I guess whichever one get's more votes wins if either one gets in}}
<li> '''Remove hardcoding to maximum 100000 Hz''' {{votes|12}} as per [http://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=192 bug 192]
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{{devcomment|We could have both if we allowed fully customisable Transport Toolbar buttons.}}  
<li> '''Remove hardcoding to maximum 16 channels''' {{votes|4}}
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<ul><li> '''Fully customisable buttons:''' {{votes|3}} Pressing a cogwheel icon shows you a range of buttons that do one action only (e.g. Append Record, Pause, Loop Play, Play from Start, Pause, Stop and Set cursor, Stop and set back) and buttons that do multiple actions according to modifier (e.g. Record, Stop, Play, combined Pause/Play). User then chooses what buttons they want to appear in the toolbar.
<li>'''Parse file names or extensions:''' {{votes|2}} for example "audio_16b_44100Hz_6c" or similar pre-fills the dialog</ul>
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<li> '''Advanced Transport Toolbar''' Should be able to switch between Basic and Advanced mode while recording if possible. Maybe with another button on the Control Bar. (selectable in button list) {{votes|1}}
{{devcomment|1=There is a [http://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=145 patch] submitted which automatically imports U-Law files as mono 8000 Hz via Import > Raw data based on their .ulaw file extension.}}
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<ul><li> '''Button center changes color instead of the whole button sinking when activated'''
<ul><li>'''Link or button to open Import Raw from Error importing dialog''' when error suggests using raw import {{votes|3}}  
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<li> '''Record button would begin to blink when hit the first time'''  
<li>'''Option to disable format guessing and use last used setting''' saved in audacity.cfg {{votes|4}}  
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<li> Like hitting pause and then record, and then would just simply be a pause button until you hit stop.
<li>'''Retain format guessing but remember sample rate across sessions''' {{votes|2}}</ul>
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<li> '''Fast backward and fast forward.'''Which would play at high speed.
<li>'''Import/Export Project to Advanced Authoring Format (AAF)''': Or use AFF instead of .aup.  Makes Audacity projects compatible with many other audio (and video) editing applications. AAF supersedes OMF. See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Authoring_Format AAF on Wikipedia] and [http://sourceforge.net/projects/aaf/ AAF framework on SF].
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<li>'''Standard: Skip to Beginning, Skip to End, Stop, Play, Loop Play'''
<li> '''Easier Lame:''' Rewrite the Lame selection panel so non-techies can understand it. </ul>{{devcomment|We now have an .exe LAME installer for Windows users. Just download and run it.}}
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<li> [http://sites.google.com/site/expirementarlen/Home/AdvancedControlToolbar.bmp Image] of Toolbar  </ul>
<ul><li> '''Keep import/export libraries up-to-date:''' {{votes|2}} for example libogg is several years out of date as at July 2010
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{{devcomment|Have you looked at 2.x Audacity? Play already acts to *restart* playback when in progress. Transcription Toolbar has a variable speed playback button with a slider that determines the speed. It has disabled functionality for detecting breaks in speech that is not under active development. There may be a case for incorporating this slider/button into the Transport Toolbar, at least for now.}}</ul></ul>
<li>'''Default MP3 export setting halves the bit-rate if the track is mono:''' {{votes|15}} When you invoke LAME from the command-line using the default command without parameters, it detects if the track is mono and produces a 64 kbps file (as opposed to producing a 128 kbps file if the track is stereo). With Audacity GUI MP3 export, the default export to MP3 always produces a 128 kbps file even if the track is mono.  
 
{{devcomment|1=When you invoke LAME from the command-line using the -b option then the specified bit rate applies. In Audacity's MP3 export GUI, the bit rate is always specified for CBR (and ABR) and is applied just as for command line export. What Audacity does not have is an option to leave the bit rate unspecified.}}
 
<li>'''MP3 export option to use default LAME sample rate for the bit rate''' rather than use the Audacity project rate {{votes|1}}. Use case: import 44100 Hz MP3, export as 32 kbps MP3. Using -b 32 in (external program) export sets output sample rate to 22050 Hz (for mono) and often produces a better sounding file than leaving project rate at 44100 Hz.
 
<li> '''Allow use of pre-existing system libraries:''' for example [http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/ ffdshow tryout] on Windows instead of both LAME and FFmpeg.
 
<li> '''Provide way to automatically add extension for chosen export format after file name when file name contains a dot:''' {{votes|22}} Audacity adds the chosen extension when there is no dot in the file name, but if you add a dot as part of the file name, it prompts if you want to save as the file name typed in.  - [[User:Bertyhell|Bertyhell]]
 
{{devcomment|[[User:James|James]] If we did this there would be no way for a user to save the file without an extension.  Some users may want to do that.}}
 
{{devcomment|[[User:Galeandrews|Gale]] There is no way to do that now, except by Custom FFmepg export or command-line export. The reason I disagree with the suggestion is that there would be no way to force an extension other than the allowed ones for the format. To workaround it, add the intended extension manually (for example, "dot.com.mp3"), then there will be no warning.}}
 
{{devcomment|[[User:Bertyhell|Bertyhell]] I see your point but i disagree. what do you think about this: when you want no extension you choose "all files" from the extension menu, when you already have a point, check if its 3 or less chars behind the point and not only numbers, then you don't have to add extension, else you autoadd.}} 
 
{{devcomment|[[User:Galeandrews|Gale]] "All files" would not let you specify the format unless there was a huge dialog behind the "Options" button. Your rule would still not let me write "dot.com" to export "dot.com.mp3". There are 3 cases 1) force no extension 2) force non-standard extension 3) add format-appropriate extension even if file name has dot. I suppose 1) and 2) could be covered by a "Verbatim" checkbox which then never produces a warning and 3) by an "Always add extension" checkbox. I don't think any single rule will cover all cases. What does someone typing "music.mpg" want to produce - "music.mpg" or music.mpg.mp3"?}}   
 
<li> '''Use FFmpeg for MP3 export''' so that maximum external libraries to install is one {{votes|4}} 
 
<li>'''Keep FFmpeg dynamic library support updated to latest FFmpeg:''' {{votes|3}}
 
<li> '''Add 'Honour solo state' checkboxes to the 'Export' and 'Export Multiple' dialog boxes:''' {{votes|1}} There's [http://audacity.238276.n2.nabble.com/behaviour-of-mute-and-solo-td2414351.html#none some disagreement and user confusion] over whether the 'solo' buttons should affect exports. Adding this option to the export dialogs will (a) allow the users to select the behaviour they prefer, (b) inform them the the default behaviour doesn't honour the solo state, and (c) reassure them that this isn't a bug.
 
</ul>
 
  
==Interface Modifications==
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* '''View Menu:'''
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** ''(2.x)'' '''Change Language:''' Too undiscoverable where to change language now Audacity does not ask at first run {{votes|7}}
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** '''Move in or duplicate "Show track name in waveform display" from Interface Preferences''' to View Menu {{votes|5}} Could be called "Show Track Name in Display" or "Show Track Name" (slightly ambiguous)
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** '''"Show Clipping": configure number of consecutive samples required to trigger'''  {{votes|3}}
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** '''Go to Selection Start/End items should center the cursor too:''' {{votesdate|3|13May17}}. This would let you center the cursor even if it is on screen (in which case {{shortcut|Left}} {{shortcut|Right}} is not a workaround) and even when "Select entire project" autoselection is on (rather than destroy the cursor position as now). 
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** '''Karaoke multiple label track support:''' {{votes|1}} Play multiple label tracks at once and assign which track gets the bouncing ball. Use case is three separate label tracks, one for the sections (verses, choruses and bridges), another for the rhythm changes and another for the lyrics parsed as individual words.
  
{{Hint|In some cases requests for modifications are differences in user preferences, and are best entered as a request for a modification to [[#pref|Preferences]].}}
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===New/Modified other GUI elements===
  
===New/Modified Toolbars or Menus ===
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<div id="markers"></div>
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* '''Markers on Waveform''' {{votes|36}} Add with one keystroke a vertical mark that stays on the waveform and can be labeled. Common in audio editors. Should be draggable but attached to the audio segment. Select between any two markers easily e.g. with double click. Snap a region to the markers. Should be implemented in addition to split lines. Very necessary for long-form documentary editing, where you are identifying and then going back and handling many different selections from a long file. Also important if recordings are edited afterwards by others.
  
* '''Customisable Toolbar:''' {{votes|7}} add/remove/move items from/between toolbars (similar to customising the toolbars in Firefox) and create a personal toolbar with just the icons you use heavily yourself (then you can hide all the other toolbars to save space)
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<div id="signature"></div>
** '''Customizable Menus:''' add/remove/move items from/between menus {{votes|1}}
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* '''Let the Timeline display time signature and bars/beats''' {{votesdate|39|08May21}}. This is a useful feature in its own right, even if user had to identify the BPM manually. It could also be the means of displaying automatically detected beats if/when that is implemented. It would mean we could align to beats - see: "Snap To: Beats".
 
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<ul><ul>
* '''Ribbon toolbars''' or dropdown icons to help declutter the GUI {{votes|3}}
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<li>'''Must show complete grid with all beats having vertical line:''' {{votes|2}}
 
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<li>'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantization_(music) Quantize] to a grid like [http://www.cakewalk.com/Documentation/default.aspx?Doc=SONAR%20X2&Lang=EN&Req=EditingMIDI.38.html Sonar]:''' {{votesdate|16|02Jan21}} This corrects timing errors in MIDI or audio where you record slightly before or after the beat or hold some notes shorter or longer than intended.
* '''Effects Toolbar''' {{votes|9}} Should be able to be dragged to any area of the screen and dockable. Organize the visible buttons, organise the Effect menu and create favorites list.  
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<ul><li>Do this by dragging clip boundaries to grid lines {{votes|3}}</ul>
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<li>'''Identify BPM manually''' by tapping in an interface as in web applications {{votes|7}}  
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<ul><li> with option to show the true tempo of the song even if I play it back at different speed {{votes|1}} </ul>
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<li>'''BPM Calculator''' that shows BPM based on a selection. {{votes|1}}. </ul>
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{{devcomment|1=See also this BPM calculator plugin https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=69028.}} 
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</ul>
  
* '''Repair Toolbar''' {{votes|1}} containing (left to right) Zoom In/Repair/Zoom Out buttons. Both Zoom buttons zoom by (say) factor of 10 if Control key depressed. Breaks monotony of using the keyboard all the time and holding and releasing the mouse to highlight the repair area.
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<div id="contextmenu"></div>
 
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* '''More Context Menu (right-click or CTRL-click) functionality''' {{votes|23}}  
* '''Global "hide/show toolbars" switch''' {{votes|1}} retains the same toolbar positions when unhid - preferably keyboard accessible too.
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** '''Right-click over selection region''' - ideas:
 
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***'''Cut; copy; paste; delete; Undo''' {{votes|5}}
* (macOS) '''When applying a shortcut for a command that is in the menus, make that root menu item flash in the menu bar, like Apple apps do.'''  {{votes|1}}
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***'''Apply effects:''' Workflow and reduced mousing benefits {{votes|2}}
{{devcomment|FileZilla which uses a slightly later version of wxWidgets (3.0.3) than we do (3.0.2) shows this flash, so possibly Audacity might show that too when we upgrade wxWidgets again.}}
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***'''Zoom in/out on selection (horizontally)''' {{votes|2}}
 
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***'''Select all; Select in all tracks''' {{votes|2}}
* '''Analyze Menu:'''  
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***'''Silence'''  
** '''Real-time Tuner:''' like Tuning Fork in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GarageBand GarageBand]  {{votes|1}}  
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***'''Set start/end of selection:''' {{votes|1}} like Goldwave
<ul>{{devcomment|See [[Other Specific Tasks#Instrument tuners|here]] for some free instrument tuner applications and a possible method to tune instruments in Audacity using a pre-recorded track and [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/plot_spectrum.html Plot Spectrum].}}</ul>
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***'''Split off a selection of a clip'''
 
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***'''Duplicate a selection of a clip'''
<div id="paste"></div>
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***'''Send to new track:''' or to a labelled position in an existing track.
* '''Edit Menu:'''
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***'''Set Envelope Points:''' creates start and end points on the envelope automatically.
** '''Insert File:''' {{votes|5}}  
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** '''Right-click over waveform''' - ideas, some for features that don't yet exist yet (from [[Proposal Woozle's Interface Tweaks]]): 
*** '''Dialog allows insertion of multiple files, each at specified cursor positions''' not just insertion of one file at wherever the current position is {{votes|1}}
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***'''Delete track''' {{votes|2}}
** '''Paste Special:''' More commands including "Replace", "Mix" and "Insert Before" as well as the standard "Paste" for "Insert After." {{votes|13}}
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***'''Insert track below/above current'''
*** '''Paste Mix:''' {{votes|3}}
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***'''Mute individual clips''' (new feature)
*** '''Paste Crossfade Mix''' {{votes|2}} 
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***'''Time-lock individual clips''' (Tracks Preferences can globally prevent clips moving with edits)  
*** '''Paste Replace:''' {{votes|1}}
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***'''Duplicate an entire clip'''
*** '''Paste Fill:''' {{votes|1}} A special case of "Replace" where the region pasted into is filled with the content of the clipboard (truncated or repeated as needs be) so as to maintain the length of the track. Obvious use case is maintaining synchronisation in video sound tracks.
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***'''Delete clip'''
*'''Move cursor with short key and value''' e.g. 1.5 minutes forward by pressing +180 [enter], -10 to go back 10 seconds.  {{votes|4}}  
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***'''Insert a split point at the cursor'''
*** Please make this available as "move cursor" and "move + select" from cursor position, as it's currently not so easy to select fixed length areas. This should also allow parts of seconds, e.g. +10.25 to go forward 10.25 seconds. As a quick workaround a keyboard shortcut to reach the Selection Start/End/Length/Audio Position Box without moving the mouse would be very helpful.
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***'''Edit start time, offset and length of a clip''' (new feature)
** '''Select sub-menu:'''
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***'''Zoom in/out vertically''' {{votes|2}}
*** '''Quick-Play Range, Move Cursor > Quick-Play Start", "Move Cursor > Quick-Play End'''
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***'''Turn envelope view on/off''' (preferably per clip, which is a new feature)
*** '''Halve selection length, double selection length''' {{votes|1}}
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*** '''Shift selection by length of selection:''' Shift Left and Shift Right, e.g. if a bar of music is selected, the next or previous bar becomes selected. {{votes|1}}
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* '''Buttons on dialogs (general):'''
*** '''Invert Selection:''' Huge time saver, would require support for multiple regions as per [[Select multiple label regions and invert selection| multiple label selection]]. As a cheaper allternative, Effect > "Repeat last effect on inverted selection", running the effect separately on the two selections. {{votes|3}}
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** ''(OS X)'' '''Support OS X dual defaults''' which differentiate between preselected (hit ENTER) and bordered (hit spacebar)  {{votes|1}}  
*** '''Split off "Select" items into their own menu.'''
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** '''Region Save/Restore:'''
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* '''[[:File:Effect track.png|Effect track]]:''' {{votes|1}}
*** '''Restore to same zoom level and timeline position''' {{votes|5}} Use case: zoom into selection scroll a bit to find a part to edit, then go back to original selection.  
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** An envelope with control points like Time Track. Dropdown menu lets you choose the effect to be applied and whether the effect track applies to the audio track below, above or to all audio tracks. The Track Control Panel has buttons to select each parameter. Control points are set against the parameter levels shown on the vertical scale. The envelope line starts flat, implying the default parameter is applied to all of the track(s) it applies to.
**** Also see [[#New/Modified Toolbars or Menus|Edit Toolbar]] for idea to '''toggle Fit/Unfit of Selection or Project''' - you may want to modify the selection before going back to last zoom level   
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*** '''Save multiple regions''' {{votes|2}}
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<div id="envelope"></div> 
*** '''Restore last used:''' {{votes|2}} so you don't have to remember to save. If user repeated the command, we would need to decide if it alternated between the last two regions or carried on going back in time (or provide a choice for those).  
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*'''Envelope Tool''':
** '''Reset Preferences:''' {{votes|15}} An easier way is needed to enable *and advertise* reset of Preferences (rather than have users mistakenly think uninstalling/reinstalling Audacity will correct a problem). Could instead/also be an executable to repair or remove settings in the install folder (see [[#install|first run, deployment and uninstallation]]). It could be an item *in* Preferences but that creates confusion as you could both change preferences and negate the changes by enabling a reset. It could be a key-modified click when launching the Audacity executable.
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** '''Choice of linear envelope editing:''' e.g. as in Pro Tools {{votesdate|17|10Mar19}} Current fades are logarithmic, if you switch the track view mode to Waveform (dB) the fades will show as "straight" lines. To make linear fade, need to create multiple small fades to create an envelope that approximates to a straight line.
<ul>{{devcomment|From version 2.0.1, the Windows installer for Audacity has an option to reset Preferences on next launch of Audacity.}}
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*** '''Too fiddly/unintuitive to fade out to zero''' {{votes|3}}. Pinching the point hard to the zero line makes volume fade to zero almost after the beginning of the fade.
* '''Make "Silence Audio" non-destructive so it could be undone at any time.''' {{votes|1}} Could be a feature of Envelope Tool or it could work like an "automation control" for the Mute button. </ul>
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*** "SHIFT + drag" for linear envelopes and "CTRL" + drag for logarithmic envelopes
* '''Edit Toolbar:'''
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**** Fading to 0 is possible: in normal Waveform view, click the top point and drag down below the center line. Easier seen in Waveform (dB) mode or after rendering.
** '''Delete selection:''' Cut (scissors) also too easily used for this in error
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:::{{devcomment|The last point is not quite correct. Waveform dB view does not show fading to 0. The lower limit of the Waveform dB view is set in Interface Preferences and any signal below this lower limit will appear to be silent. The envelope tool performs a logarithmic fade out down to -145 dB and then steps down from -145 dB to -inf dB.}}
** '''Fit Project fits vertically as well as horizontally''' like CoolEdit {{votes|3}}
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:::{{devcomment|Update: In Audacity 3.0.0 we are back to it being impossible to fade to zero.}}
** '''Fit/Unfit Selection, Fit/Unfit Project:''' {{votes|3}} So much easier to go back to last zoom and timeline state. 
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:* '''Tooltip or Status Bar message when mouse holds control point:''' {{votes|9}} to show gain amount, final dB level and position in the Timeline.
** '''Save Project'''   {{votes|1}}
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::* '''Tooltip preferred:''' {{votes|2}}
** '''Delete Project''' {{votes|1}}
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:*'''Apply to regions''' {{votes|9}} e.g. hold down ALT key and drag between envelope points to move only that section up or down (handy for changing the volume of a section of audio without having to drag individual points around). </ul>{{devcomment|This would seem to imply that regions create temporary envelope points as split lines do.}}
** '''Select Current View''' {{votes|1}}
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:*'''CTRL or ALT + click creates a control point but doesn't alter the envelope:''' {{votes|4}} (it currently starts dragging the envelope straight away which isn't very helpful). If you are far from a control point and want to tweak the envelope, but don't want to add a new control point, you need to go back to the control point.
** '''Select All''' {{votes|2}}
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:*'''Text input for accuracy of control point placement''' {{votes|6}} 
** '''Split:''' Cut (scissors) is too easily used for Split by mistake
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::*Should allow specifying timeline position at frame resolution, as well as movement in the vertical axis on a percent or dB scale) {{votes|1}}</ul>
** '''Zoom:'''
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:*'''More intelligent/automatic rendering:''' {{votes|4}} Could be a switch or a preference, off by default. Could render after each point drawn, or after switching from Envelope Tool. Reason: it's too easy to switch back to Selection Tool, forget you have not rendered the envelope then apply some effect that causes clipping after you render. It must confuse novices too to look in Amplify after using Envelope Tool and see the "wrong" values. 
*** '''Zoom Maximum button''' (sample level) (or to a configurable preset close to maximum) {{votes|8}}  
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:*'''Cut and paste of envelope points:''' {{votesdate|8|02Apr17}} - especially useful to paste between different tracks or projects. Ideally, should permit pasting from mono track envelope to stereo (copying both envelopes from a stereo track to a mono track would be more problematic).
*** '''Zoom Normal button ''' {{votes|5}}  
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:*'''Per-track envelope accessed from button in Track Control Panel''' {{votes|2}}  
*** '''Vertical''' from/to state where collapsed tracks are at some minimum size (still able to display gain/pan, or still showing sample rate and format). {{votes|7}}
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:*'''Lock to prevent drag creating clipping''' {{votes|1}}  
**** Could be done by CTRL + click on the current zoom button  {{votes|1}}  
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:*'''Modifier keys for horizontal drag only/ vertical drag only''' {{votes|4}}
*** '''To beginning or end of a selection''' {{votes|7}}  
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:*'''Horizontal bar to change volume of all envelope points together''' {{votes|5}}
*** '''Zoom to selection should have small space at right and left''' so selection may be adjusted without scrolling {{votes|6}} 
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::*Perhaps alt-drag on a master fader could do that {{votes|1}}</ul>
*** '''Zoom presets:''' {{votes|9}}
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:*'''Method to shift all envelope points left/right:''' {{votes|1}}
<ul><ul>{{devcomment|Briefly we had a "zoom toggle" button with a double magnifying glass that switched between two levels of zoom. It remembered the zoom level for the last two uses, so clicking it twice always returned you to last zoom level.}}
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:*'''Non-destructive:''' Draw lines and curves on top of audio events for accurate, graphically-based audio mixing like Cakewalk {{votes|1}}
<ul><li> '''Zoom slider''' {{votes|4}} for finely graded zooming
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<ul><li> '''Display current zoom factor on Status Bar''' {{votes|2}}</ul>
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</ul></ul></ul>
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* '''FTP/RSS/online distribution''' support for podcasters, bands etc.  {{votes|19}} {{devcomment|1=Experimental FTP support was previously available in Audacity 1.3.3 Beta. FTP is not supported in current Audacity releases, but copies of 1.3.3 are still downloadable from our [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=6235 file archive]}}
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<ul><ul><li> '''Support [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoundCloud SoundCloud]:''' {{votes|2}} An [http://groups.google.com/group/soundcloudapi?pli=1 API] is available that allows applications to upload or download audio files. This API has been integrated into several DAWs like PreSonus Studio One Pro.</ul></ul>
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* '''Hand Tool to Cut/Drag and Copy/Drag selection region:''' While dragging, the END of the selection range would be a dotted line and START a regular vertical line to know where to drop it. Selection Bar shows the START/END values {{votes|1}}
 +
 
 +
<div id="labels_editor"></div>
 +
* '''Labels Editor'''
  
* '''Effect Menu:'''
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** '''Built-in Play function for previewing label:''' {{votesdate|6|12Jan17}}
** '''Reopen <last effect>:''' {{votes|5}} without running it, with a new shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+R. Useful to apply the same effect several times with different settings, for example if applying Equalization, Compression or filters. Would also be an easier way to re-access Noise Removal after grabbing the Noise Profile.
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** '''Make the editor modeless so for example Transport shortcuts can be used:''' {{votesdate|3|11Mar17}}
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** '''Ability to select multiple labels for action:''' {{votesdate|6|11Mar17}} such as moving or removing labels (as a separate action from  giving focus to a cell in a label row to move to that label in the track)
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** '''Search for keywords within labels''' {{votesdate|4|25May17}}
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** '''Add "Distance from preceding label" field:''' {{votesdate|1|03Feb17}} Could be editable, so modifying the time position of that label and the distance value for the succeeding label. Maybe option to edit the distance from two labels only and have all succeeding labels shifted by this amount.
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** '''Apply button to save changes without closing:''' {{votesdate|1|26Dec12}}
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** '''More intuitive way to change a label's track than double-click:''' {{votesdate|1|26Dec12}}
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** '''Remember size and position:''' {{votesdate|2|24Jun17}}
  
* '''File Menu:'''
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* '''Message boxes:'''  
** '''Overwrite:''' {{votes|17}} Just overwrite the imported file without any questions asked about name, format or options
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** '''Selectable text''' {{votes|1}} so can be copied/pasted when asking for help   
*** See also requests for a [[#New/Modified Preferences|preference]] to "Export to same format as imported file" and "File > Overwrite on Exit".
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** '''Preview file within file open dialog'''   {{votes|8}}
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* '''Metronome:'''
** '''Separate Export to <format> menu items''' as in 1.2 {{votes|4}}  
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** '''Fully dynamic''' responds to your recorded beat, showing for example current beats-per-minute, number of beats and elapsed time since first beat {{votes|2}}  
** '''File information within file open dialog:''' {{votes|3}}
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** '''Play on demand''' without having to generate a click track, enter the BPM and it plays {{votes|3}}
** '''Media File Information:''' {{votes|5}} Separate window that displays full audio characteristics of any file that has been imported into the project.  
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** '''Count-in beats before recording'''
** '''Print Special:''' {{votes|1}} to print selected parts of waveform 
+
   
** '''Separate "Recent Projects" and "Recent Files" menus''' {{votes|1}}  
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* '''Mixer Board:'''  
** '''"Open" to open Audacity Projects only''' ("Import" opens audio files). Suggested that users look for "Open" to open audio files because this is more understandable than "Import", but then can't find "Save" to save an audio file. If only projects were available in "Open", it "might" educate them to find "Import" {{votes|5}}
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:*'''Button (and shortcut) to roll it up and down in situ:''' {{votes|1}}  
<ul>{{devcomment|One disadvantage is that a new way would be needed to allow "importing" into a new project in one step. More importanly, import is just as misunderstod as export is.}}
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::* or embed Mixer board into Meter toolbar {{votes|1}}
<ul><li> '''Reload imported file from disk:''' with dialog if more than one file currently imported. Useful if generating/simultaneously editing uncompressed files in other applications.
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{{devcomment|See also requests for per-track meters in [[#meter|Meter Toobar]].}}
<li>'''Only have Export item, not Export Selection:''' {{votes|1}} The problem is now that if you select audio then press Export thinking that exports the selection as in some other applications, it actually exports all. </ul>
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:*'''More like Kristal's mixing window''' {{votes|2}}
{{devcomment|A couple of people have objected that you can't then export all while retaining the selection, or you may forget to remove the selection.}}</ul>
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:*'''Include 2 or 3 band EQ''' {{votes|1}}
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:* '''Save open/closed Mixer Board state in audacity.cfg''' so new projects respect that {{votes|1}}  
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:* '''Save open/closed Mixer Board state in .aup file''' {{votes|1}}
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:* '''Show post-envelope level (option):''' Allow the Mixer Board to show the actual level in the project when envelopes are present. {{votesdate|2|14Jan21}}
  
* '''Help Menu'''
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* '''Quick Play Region:'''
<div id="pdfmanual"></div>
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** '''Double-click within the region to select it''' {{votes|3}}
** '''PDF version of Manual''' {{votes|82}} This gives you overall search, and is much simpler if you want to launch the Manual out of your file manager.
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** '''Multiple overlapping Play Regions''' {{votes|1}}
** '''Hard copy purchasable official Manual''' {{votes|7}}
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** Snap a standard region to a locked quick play region {{votes|1}}
** (2.x) '''Screenshot Tools:'''  
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** Button to lock/unlock the region ''without destroying the region'' {{votes|1}}
** '''Option to capture only the waveform/spectrum/pitch''' excluding all interface parts {{votes|9}}
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** Play a selection within the locked region {{votes|1}}
<ul>{{devcomment|File > Print lets you print an image with the track content only, plus the Timeline}}
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** Vertical lines through waveform when dragging  {{votes|1}}
<ul><ul><li> '''customised image format and quality''' {{votes|3}}
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** Dragging an edge restarts play (left edge) or continues play (right edge) {{votes|1}}
<li> '''auto crop''' {{votes|1}}
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** Drag and drop, preserving length (if done while playing, restarts or continues according to position of playback cursor) {{votes|1}}
<li> '''customised background color''' {{votes|1}}</ul></ul></ul>
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** Region shows in Selection Bar while dragged {{votes|1}}
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** Right-click context menu with commands such as Loop-play, Play, Trim region, Cut region, Lock, Unlock, Export selection, etc. {{votes|1}}
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** Some means of allowing second click close to first click: cursor arrows prevent this. Suggest cursor arrows don't need to be shown after you click: you can't use the play region if you drag the arrows once you have clicked. Create quick play region only by click and drag, and don't show cursor arrows until you drag. {{votes|1}}
  
* '''Label Track:'''  
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* '''Improved right-to-left (RTL) support''' {{votes|1}}
** '''Next and Previous Labels''' buttons in panel of Label Track. {{votes|2}}
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** RTL typing in labels and RTL direction of labels and waveform (if operating system installed in a RTL language does not make this happen)
 +
** Control should also allow left-to-right typing and direction of labels on operating systems installed in a RTL language
  
* '''Metadata Editor:'''
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* '''Scrollbars:'''
** '''Right-click copy and paste''' for all fields, not just Genre. {{votes|1}}
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** '''Secondary horizontal scrollbar''' {{votes|1}} (above the existing standard horizontal scrollbar) that scrolls only the extent of selection. When you've highlighted one bar of a song, then want to zoom in to the sample level you want to scroll back and forth in your selection, but the standard project-wide horizontal scrollbar isn't granular enough and you whiz way out of your selection.  
** '''Ability to remove default fields''' {{votes|1}}
 
<ul>{{devcomment|There would also have to be a way to restore the default fields, or make it so that removing them would only work while the Metadata Editor was open, so that a Template or Default could be saved with fields removed.}} </ul>
 
  
<div id="meter"></div>
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* '''Selection Viewer (draggable):''' {{votesdate|12|02Dec19}} Useful for previewing loops, to see how well the ends match. Could incorporate zooming like the Windows magnifier. Could have option to duplicate a region into viewer as transparent different colored waveform for easy comparison over the top of another region.  
* '''Meter Toolbar:''' See [[VuMeter|more suggestions about the VU Meters]] that only have one vote. If you like any of those suggestions, move them from there to here and increase to 2 votes:
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** Also see proof of concept for a [http://audacity.238276.n2.nabble.com/Focus-Plus-Context-Audacity-Demo-screencast-td257863.html Focus-Plus-Context Audacity interface] {{votes|2}}
** '''Allow meter to dock vertically at any edge/corner''' {{votes|9}} - this a) lets you resize the project window without losing the relative position of the meters b) lets the main window keep focus so still accept the R "Record" shortcut after clicking in the meter to monitor. This same argument can be extended to all toolbars.  
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** '''Overview Map:''' as a navigation aid (not requiring additional features described in main point), as found in applications such as SoundForge and Sibelius. Example of how it might look: https://forum.audacityteam.org/download/file.php?id=25268 {{votesdate|2|02Dec19}}
*** '''Vertical dock must be at reduced width too''' {{votes|4}}
 
** '''Configurable samples-to-trigger :''' {{votes|6}} Meters require 3 consecutive samples to clip, Show Clipping 1 sample and View Clipping 3 samples (by default); user should at least be able to change the meter trigger value with 1 sample being offered 
 
*** '''Configurable level-to-trigger :''' {{votes|3}} Useful if the hardware insists on clipping below 0 dB e.g. SoundBlasters.  
 
** '''Proper window with minimise/close buttons and title bar as in 1.2''' {{votes|10}}
 
** '''Standards-based meter:''' See [[VuMeter#standards|details]]. {{votes|5}}
 
***  EBU standard R128 {{votes|1}}
 
***  ANSI C16.5 VU meter {{votes|1}}
 
** '''Per-track recording meters''' {{votes|4}}
 
** '''LED/bar type with sticky peak sections:''' {{votes|4}}  Especially helpful for live recording. Now you need to watch the meters in real time, and the sliding peak indicator only holds position for a few seconds. Cakewalk Sonar has this with a reset button.  
 
*** '''Reset button for red clipping hold light''' {{votes|2}} irrespective of type of meter bars 
 
** '''Compressor/limiter peak hold line''' to show maximum amount of compression/limiting since starting. Can help finding right settings without having to watch very closely.
 
** '''Display meter ticks/values above 0 dB/FS''' {{votes|2}} 
 
** '''Control for Meter/Waveform (dB) display range''' on the fly instead of in global preferences {{votes|2}} Cascading menu item "Meter/Waveform dB range > " in the right-click meter menu?
 
** '''Display/name the input being monitored''' {{votes|1}} I understand that this info would have to initially come from the drivers and that it might be named poorly. I'd like to change the name of each of these inputs myself. For instance, I have a card with 8 analog inputs, and 5 different input names, multi (for access to all the inputs), and 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8. In the Edit -> Preferences menu these all have the words "M-Audio Delta 1010LT" in front, but I don't need to see that.
 
  
* '''Options Toolbar: a new toolbar''' {{votes|1}} for easy access to Envelope/Fade/and possibly other options
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* '''Sliders:'''
 +
** '''More discoverable precise adjustment'''
 +
** '''Add "double-click for precise adjustment" message to tooltips''' {{votes|1}}
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<ul>{{devcomment|1=A downward pointing widget may be a better idea because there is a fairly definite [https://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=74 intention] to use the tooltip to display the current setting}} </ul> 
  
* '''Project Menu:'''
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* '''Status Bar:'''
** '''A new menu''' {{votes|3}} that accepts that novice users don't understand projects and "export". Keeping everything do to with projects out of File menu should ease confusion, shorten the File menu and allow later expansion of project handling/management.
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** '''Original file data:''' {{votes|15}} Track Panel information gives current resolution/sample rate but the data for the original files in the project is wanted too: sample rate, sample format, bit rate, file format, VBR/CBR and so on
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<ul>{{devcomment|Easy for a single track referring to a single file, not so easy for multiple files and tracks that don't relate to files e.g. recordings. It would seem this would need to be a dropdown?}}</ul>
  
* '''Selection Toolbar:'''
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* '''Tabs for individual projects, not separate windows:''' {{votes|9}} Far easier to manipulate and understand
<ul><ul><li>'''New selection formats:
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<div id="microseconds"></div>
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* '''Taskbar Icon:'''
<ul><li>'''Microseconds [µs]:''' {{votes|26}} Very important to measure exact frequency of a certain cycle or speed of sound - 1.2.6 supports microseconds but later versions don't</ul>
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** Show progress bar in the taskbar button on Windows and the dock icon on OS X for long processes. {{votesdate|3|27Oct18}}
{{devcomment|The relevance of µs divisions are perhaps a little spurious for audio applications given that the smallest selectable time unit is one sample period (around 22.68 µs at the default sample rate of 44100 Hz)}}
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:: {{devcomment|As of wxWidgets 3.1 there is [[https://docs.wxwidgets.org/3.1/classwx_app_progress_indicator.html wxAppProgressIndicator]].}}
<ul><li> '''Milliseconds''' {{votes|1}} (on their own, like seconds) useful for video and other synchronisation delays
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<li> '''23.976 Drop Frame:''' {{votes|1}}  
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* '''Timeline:'''
<li> '''23.976216 NTSC Frames:''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Option to display in current Selection Format''' such as film frames, not just in seconds. {{votes|7}}
<li> '''29.970 NTSC Frames:''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Timeline settable to HH:MM:SS:''' {{votesdate|9|07Mar17}} for easier calculation of times at which recording events occurred
<li> '''29.970628 NTSC Frames''' {{votes|1}}  
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*** Should be an extra timeline, not just an option for existing Timeline {{votesdate|5|07Mar17}}
<li> '''Minutes + seconds:''' (without hours) {{votes|2}}   
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**** '''The separate Clock Timeline could be a strip having the length of the original recording, capable of showing labels.''' {{votesdate|1|07Mar17}} If we change the length of the audio for example by inserting or deleting, the labels show the actual clock time of the audio. The labels could extend to right of the strip or come to an end inside the strip, according to whatever the length change was.
<li> '''Seconds + Hundredths and/or Seconds + Milliseconds:''' {{votes|2}}  
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*** Cutting or pasting audio should adjust displayed time {{votes|1}}   
<li> '''Customized user-chosen syntax:''' {{votes|1}} e.g. omitting hours or alphabetical separators
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** '''Draggable Timeline that could dock between or at bottom of tracks:''' {{votes|3}}'''
<li> '''Favorites for quicker access:''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Identical timeline at bottom of screen:''' {{votes|2}} on by default, but closable by [X] and open/closed state remembered.
</ul>
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** '''Display in loop units''' as per the length of an identified loop region in the track {{votes|1}}  
<li> '''Permanent indication of/add box for total length of project:''' {{votes|6}}
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<ul><li>This should be "end-time" minus "start-time", so ignoring white space at the start {{votes|1}}
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* '''Time Tracks:'''
<li>Show project length when Length button is selected with no region selected {{votes|1}}</ul>
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** '''Greater default range than 90/110:''' {{votes|5}}  
<li> '''Presets for frequently entered values''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Reinstate a way to move all the points when changing range:''' {{votes|3}}  
<li> '''Copy/paste from system clipboard''' {{votes|2}}
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** '''One per track''' not one per window {{votes|1}}
<li> '''Percentage of project selected''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Vertical scale shows speed change percentages''' {{votes|1}}
<li> '''Visual indication when Project Rate changed due to file import''' e.g. flashes red
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** '''Grid with horizontal and vertical lines:''' {{votesdate|1|07Mar17}}
<li> '''Mouse position indicator:''' like Photoshop X/Y info while mouse being moved. Could be used to preview a new position without having to click to lose the original one. Could possibly be a tooltip instead {{votes|2}}  
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** '''Tooltip on hover over envelope point''' showing updated time line position and speed percentage {{votesdate|2|07Mar17}}  
<li>'''"Number of tracks" and "select track number..." box''' {{votes|2}}
 
<li>'''Project rate in kHz''' for easier reading {{votes|1}}
 
<li> '''Separate time displays for End and Length''' Very useful to see both at the same time{{votes|2}}
 
<li> '''Separate widget for Selection Format to replace current three widgets:''' {{votes|1}} It uses (a little) more space but aids discoverability of feature. </ul>
 
{{devcomment|If "Samples" is the selection format, Audacity is running in a language that uses long words, the OS uses large fonts/and or user runs at 800x600, there isn't room without modifications such as End/Length above each other, or move Audio Position (which appears to be editable but isn't) elsewhere.}} </ul>
 
  
* '''Snap To: '''
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* '''Title Bar:'''  
** '''Beats''' {{votes|16}}
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** '''Contain "Audacity" even when displaying a file or project''' - This allows other programs such as macro programs to recognise it {{votes|2}}  
** '''Zero Crossings''': useful for "silent" edits and looping. {{votes|6}}
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** '''include version number:''' - important for multi-computer environments like community radio {{votes|1}}  
** '''Should apply to dragged clips''' {{votes|5}}
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** '''Show entire project length:''' - helps when doing attrition-type editing for a particular length {{votes|1}}
** '''Should apply to dragged/resized labels''' {{votes|4}}
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** '''Contain a * for unsaved changes''' {{votes|1}}
** '''Toggle on/off when performing operation:''' For example, shift before drag snaps selection edge or cursor position) {{votes|1}}
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** '''Contain time remaining for a current operation''' (e.g. noise removal, mp3 export) {{votes|1}}
** '''Cut lines''' {{votes|1}}
 
  
* '''Tools menu: a new menu''' {{votes|2}} for: 
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<div id="tddm"></div>
** features or plug-ins that do not generate audio or require a selection 
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* '''Track Dropdown menu, vertical scale and track views:'''
** Some of the "utility" commands that don't fit well in the existing menus
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** '''Better signposted''' {{votes|19}}
** Linear or Exponential Envelopes (Envelope Tool Options)
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*** '''Descriptive tooltips''' {{votes|10}}
** Fade In/Out options
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***'''Move it to main menus at top instead''' {{votes|7}}
** Nyquist Workbench
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<ul><ul>{{devcomment|Some commands only apply to adjacent pairs of tracks though, so not very obvious what happens if you select a group of mono and stereo tracks and choose "Make Stereo Track"}}
** New "Utility" type Nyquist plug-ins that do not generate, process or analyze.
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<ul><li> '''Make it into a normal combo menu box''' that everyone understands and accept it will widen the Track Control Panel. As a variant, track name could be a slide-out (with a tooltip) where you enter the name. Dropdown menu itself could be a spanner icon to right of sample rate/format, or maybe even a button that says "menu" {{votes|4}}</ul>
 
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<li>'''Move track to specific place in track table''' {{votes|6}}
* '''Tools Toolbar:'''
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<ul><li> {{done}} '''"Move Track to Top" and "Move Track to Bottom"''' are most important {{votes|2}}</ul> 
**  '''One row of icons instead of two''' giving space to fit other toolbars underneath or make more space for waveform {{votes|6}}  
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<li>'''Hover tooltip for the trackname''' {{votesdate|9|07Jan21}}</ul>
** '''Toggle follow playback/record''' allowing editing of an area while continuing to listen. Available during playback/record.
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:* Or greater transparency of name overlay, becoming opaque on mouse over {{votesdate|2|07Jan21}}
* '''Tracks Menu'''  
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<li> '''Pitch view should show intelligible pitch estimates''' of simple piano, guitar or vocal selections with a piano labelled diagram [[user yanky5cool]]  {{votes|3}}
** '''Unsolo All Tracks:''' {{votes|5}} this would be a one-click way to hear what you were going to export in Standard Solo Button Mode.  
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<ul><li> Should also be a real time tool with a graph and movable points that change the pitch as the track plays </ul>
** '''Button for Add Label:''' {{votes|3}} It could add label at selection when track static, otherwise at playback or recording cursor
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<li> '''Add scaling for negative samples in Waveform (dB) view''' {{votes|9}} (the obvious issue is how to present that when the scale values themselves are mostly negative) </ul>
** '''CrossFade and Mix:''' {{votes|1}} Unexplained feature that crossfades (specifed regions?) in selected tracks then mixes.
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{{devcomment|That is not a problem at all (beyond indicating the samples in the lower half are negative). The numbers on the lower side of "-inf" are a direct reflection of those above. See any other audio editor for an example.}}
** '''Edit Properties''' {{votes|2}} Like Labels Editor, a table with columns (to change Name, Mixer Board icon, track number, Pan, Gain, Mute, Solo and track start time). It should include a Play button and import/export as a text file.  
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<ul><li> {{done}} '''Zoom the vertical scale with magnify icon to much finer resolution''' {{votes|7}} not just to integer or a bit less.
** '''Edit Labels:'''
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<ul><li>'''Should show samples e.g. -32768 to 32767''' {{votes|2}}</ul>{{devcomment|If you drag the track down at the bottom of the waveform you will get more resolution}} </ul>
*** '''Include label track metadata:''' {{votes|1}} It would be useful to store and export information not strictly needed for creation of the label track, such as the label track start, end and duration, number and duration of labels and user comments (use case is for Powerpoint presentation where slides have to change at precise points in the sound track).      
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<ul><li> '''New "Waveform (Linear)" view with Logarithmic Scale''' then one can look at a sine wave without distortion. Also Audacity effects and filters all work in dB!  {{votesdate|8|10Nov19}}
** '''Sort Tracks works on selected tracks''' {{votes|2}}   
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<li> '''New "Waveform dB" view with Logarithmic scale''' {{votes|8}} not linear spacing of increments as now
** '''Mono to Stereo''' {{votes|4}}
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<li>'''New "Waveform dB" view with linear interpolation''' (sine wave looks like sine) {{votes|2}}
<ul>{{devcomment|Given a) you can Edit > Duplicate then use the Track Drop-down menu > Make Stereo Track; b) the mono track will play through both speakers and sound the same as the "stereo" track; c) a menu item would encourage the myth that 2-channel mono is stereo, it seems a non-starter?}}  
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<li> '''L and R channel labelling on vertical scale''' {{votes|2}}
<ul><ul><ul><li> A shortcut for "Make Stereo Track" such as CTRL + SHIFT + # would allow for quicker usage of plug-ins which first require a rendered stereo track, e.g. "Psuedo-Stereo". {{votes|1}}</ul></ul></ul></ul>
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<li> '''Additional vertical scale at right hand end of waveform''' {{votes|1}}
 
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<li>'''Swap stereo channels''' for upper track of stereo pair  {{votes|1}}
* '''Transport Menu:'''
+
<div id="mtv"></div>
** '''Rename to Play/Record''' so discoverable by novices {{votes|4}}
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<li> '''Multiple track views''': {{votes|7}}
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<ul><li> {{done}} '''Waveform/Spectrogram split view for each track:''' {{votesdate|10|04Apr17}} upper track has a waveform view, lower a spectrogram view of the same audio, like the [http://www.thinklabsmedical.com/electronic-stethoscope/products/thinklabs-phonocardiography-software-161.html Thinklabs] variant of Audacity
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<ul><li>Split stereo track into waveform left channel, spectrogram right channel: {{votes|1}} Use case is bat recorder hardware where left and right have different content for different purposes. </ul>
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<li> '''Multi-View:''' upper track in waveform view, then linked views of the same track below in waveform (dB) view then (read only) spectrum and pitch views: {{votes|2}} Editing or horizontal zooming either waveform view changes the other views. Makes it easier to isolate and analyze a specific micro sound and see all "the big picture". Should also be accessible via Analyze Menu. </ul>
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{{devcomment| It's possible to duplicate the tracks, select them all to run the effect or other edit, and select just one to do an analysis with a plug-in.}}
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<li> '''New 3D track view:''' Amplitude *and* Frequency against Time to complement Analyze > Plot Spectrum {{votes|2}}
 +
<li> '''Solo and Mute choices''' {{votes|1}} so easier to operate these with shortcuts in multi-track projects
 +
</ul>
 +
 
 +
<ul><li>'''Track Control Panel (TrackInfo class):'''
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<ul><li> '''Redesigned to retain functionality at minimal height''' {{votes|10}}  
 +
<ul><li> '''Keep gain/pan sliders available when track height reduced''' {{votes|3}}
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<li> '''Redundant 'mute' and 'solo' options''': {{votes|1}} so you don't have to constantly open/close different collapsed tracks.</ul>
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{{devcomment|see [[Space Savers]] for some more ideas}} 
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<li> '''Add per track Equalizer:''' Fairly coarse control OK, or (better) put it on pop-up panel {{votes|3}}
 +
<li> ''''Allow Track Control Panel to be resized horizontally''' {{votes|9}}
 +
<li> '''Additional Priority Solo Button:''' {{votes|4}} Pressing this unsolos any soloed tracks and releasing it re-solos the previously soloed tracks.
 +
<li> '''Delete track with [X] when playing or recording''' {{votes|1}}
 +
<li> '''Finer Gain/Pan sliders:''' Annoying they move by only intervals of 3 by default (yes i know if you can hold CTRL and move them by one). Better if designed so that clicking on the slider activates it, then mouse roller increments up or down by intervals of 1.
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<li> '''Gain/Pan hover display:''' Avoids having to click the mouse and accidentally change slider position {{votes|2}}
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<li> '''Display bit rate in audio data above the mute/solo buttons:''' most helpful if wanting to re-export MP3s at same bit rate (and hence file size). Status Bar might be alternative location {{votes|3}}
 +
<li> '''Display current track length:''' {{votes|2}} easier than having to select the whole track and look in Selection Toolbar </ul></ul>
  
<div id="transport_toolbar"></div>
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* '''Track Tree:''' {{votes|8}} to group tracks
* '''Transport Toolbar:'''
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{{devcomment|[[User:James|James]] 6 Oct 2007: See [[Space Savers]] for detailed suggestions on how this might work. People who don't want this can use Audacity as now by having a tree with everything at the same level. We should be able to operate on collapsed nodes just as if they were tracks in their own right. They become submixes, and the effect is applied to the mix. Similarly cut and paste should work in the same way, as long as you don't try to paste a mix of 7 tracks to a mix of 3 for example, which is like pasting stereo data into a mono track.}}
** '''Separate loop-play button''' {{votes|9}}
 
*** '''Arguably we need an alternative optional Transport Toolbar with smaller buttons''' to accommodate this - until then the extra button could be seen as "clutter" {{votes|2}}  
 
*** '''Loop button to loop whole track even if selection''' {{votes|1}} 
 
<ul>{{devcomment|You can currently press SHIFT while clicking play (discoverable by a tooltip when the mouse hovers over the Play button)}}</ul>
 
<ul><ul><li>'''One-handed method e.g. right-click to make Play button loop''' (not loop by SHIFT-click) {{votes|2}}
 
<li> '''Play button icon has vertical bar to left:''' {{votes|3}} to show that it plays from editing cursor
 
<li> '''Pause button changes to Play icon (with no vertical bar) in paused playback state:''' {{votes|3}}
 
<li>'''Loop-Attribute to Play instead of Loop-Start-Button''' {{votes|1}}: for editing you rather always need Loop than ever Play.
 
<li>'''Separate Stop and Set Cursor button:''' {{votes|11}} 
 
<li> '''Separate Append-Record button''' {{votes|4}}
 
<li> '''Stronger indication in Record button of active recording''' {{votes|2}}
 
<ul><li>Bright red with blurred effect like an LED  {{votes|2}} </ul> 
 
<li> '''Resize to half-height''' {{votes|4}} to align with a half-height resizable Tools Toolbar   
 
<li>'''List of available buttons with options to enable or disable, and change order.''' {{votes|1}} 
 
<li>'''Square buttons as on Mac''' {{votes|2}}
 
<li>'''Smaller buttons''' {{votes|2}}
 
<li>'''No separate Stop button:''' press Play and Record to toggle start and stop {{votes|4}}
 
<li>'''No separate Pause button:''' let Play and Record become Pause once depressed, can be distracting looking for/having to hit a separate button.  {{votes|1}} </ul>
 
{{devcomment|Some users find recording starts quicker with a Pause > Record > Pause sequence that needs a separate button}}
 
{{usercomment|We obviously can't have both of these, I guess whichever one get's more votes wins if either one gets in}}
 
{{devcomment|We could have both if we allowed fully customisable Transport Toolbar buttons.}}
 
<ul><li> '''Fully customisable buttons:''' {{votes|3}} Pressing a cogwheel icon shows you a range of buttons that do one action only (e.g. Append Record, Pause, Loop Play, Play from Start, Pause, Stop and Set cursor, Stop and set back) and buttons that do multiple actions according to modifier (e.g. Record, Stop, Play, combined Pause/Play). User then chooses what buttons they want to appear in the toolbar.
 
<li> '''Advanced Transport Toolbar''' Should be able to switch between Basic and Advanced mode while recording if possible. Maybe with another button on the Control Bar. (selectable in button list) {{votes|1}}
 
<ul><li> '''Button center changes color instead of the whole button sinking when activated'''
 
<li> '''Record button would begin to blink when hit the first time'''
 
<li> Like hitting pause and then record, and then would just simply be a pause button until you hit stop.
 
<li> '''Fast backward and fast forward.'''Which would play at high speed.
 
<li>'''Standard: Skip to Beginning, Skip to End, Stop, Play, Loop Play'''
 
<li>  [http://sites.google.com/site/expirementarlen/Home/AdvancedControlToolbar.bmp Image] of Toolbar  </ul>
 
{{devcomment|Have you looked at 2.x Audacity? Play already acts to *restart* playback when in progress. Transcription Toolbar has a variable speed playback button with a slider that determines the speed. It has disabled functionality for detecting breaks in speech that is not under active development. There may be a case for incorporating this slider/button into the Transport Toolbar, at least for now.}}</ul></ul>
 
  
* '''View Menu:'''
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<div id="grid"></div>
** ''(2.x)'' '''Change Language:''' Too undiscoverable where to change language now Audacity does not ask at first run {{votes|7}}
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* '''Grid lines:''' {{votesdate|29|09Nov20}}
** '''Move in or duplicate "Show track name in waveform display" from Interface Preferences''' to View Menu {{votes|5}} Could be called "Show Track Name in Display" or "Show Track Name" (slightly ambiguous)
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**'''Horizontal: and also in spectrogram view'''
** '''"Show Clipping": configure number of consecutive samples required to trigger''' {{votes|3}}
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*** '''Helps alignment with a specific level or frequency on the vertical scale''' when working at the other end of the track {{votes|12}}  
** '''Karaoke multiple label track support:''' {{votes|1}} Play multiple label tracks at once and assign which track gets the bouncing ball. Use case is three separate label tracks, one for the sections (verses, choruses and bridges), another for the rhythm changes and another for the lyrics parsed as individual words.
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*** '''Headroom lines at user-specified dB below and above 0dB FS'''. {{votes|1}} Gives compliance with SMPTE and EBU standards calling for specified amount of headroom before full-scale clipping.
** '''"Mixer Board" misnamed:''' the main interface is about mixing as well. The point about Mixer Board is the multi-metering so the menu item should be "Multi-Meters" or "Per Track Meters" {{votes|3}}
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*** '''Vertically draggable, like a ruler, showing the dB level''' {{votes|2}}  
*** I disagree, the "Mixer-Board" is much more than just a set of multi-meters, it carries a full set of mixing controls too (much like a hardware mixing board that many would be familiar with) [[User:PeterSampson|PeterSampson]]
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*** '''Thinner lines for non-integer k frequency values''' {{votes|1}}
<ul><ul>{{devcomment|I've seen a number of comments pointing out "you can mix without Mixer Board, so why call it that?" sent off the email link in the Manual, but this user wanted to explicitly vote for a wording change. I think the point is that the "extra" meters are what catch the eye and what really make Mixer Board "different". Mixer Board has an extra image too, but the "full set" of controls is only otherwise the same controls that all the tracks have. I wouldn't say it's "misnamed" but I perfectly understand the comments. - Gale}}  
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*** '''Line at 0.0 visible at all zoom levels''' so as to splice together without clipping. {{votes|1}}
<ul>{{devcomment|This is a <em>silly</em> idea. "Multi-meters" is a non-standard, uninformative name. Misleading even, as it describes only the meters (as Peter commented). Mixer Board has had that name for about 4 years, so only one user complaining about it actually speaks to the appropriateness of the name. It <em>looks</em> like a hardware mixer board and is modeled after one. Yes, you can mix in the TrackPanel class, but you can also, for example, see the waveform as you record, and many other things that you cannot in Mixer Board. Mixer Board's sole and special purpose is mixing. The name is totally appropriate and I veto this "request." Can we just remove it, as this page generates a warning about its large size already? - Vaughan}}
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<ul><ul>{{devcomment|You can use Edit > Find Zero Crossings to snap selection regions to safe zero crossing points without having to zoom in.}}  
<ul><ul>{{devcomment|No, votes can't be removed in a democracy, you can only refuse to implement the idea. I think the other people who made similar comments as an aside are "almost" voting that they find the Mixer Board concept confusing. Possibly their unfamiliarity with hardware mixers is the reason, and they are the same type of person who expect mute/solo to be interdependent. I think if it were possible to have a wider background behind the Mixer Board track strips it "might" help get it across better as an alternate view? - Gale}}</ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
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<li>'''Horizontal and vertical:''' {{votes|8}} turned on and off on the fly, to help with aligning audio and setting levels. Fixed number of vertical lines on the screen - about 30 (or user could chose a number). Zooming should retain the number and pixel distance spacing of the gridlines.  
 +
<li> '''Single vertical line in all tracks at the editing cursor''' {{votes|7}} for aligning tracks or seeing the edit position in all tracks</ul>
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{{devcomment|Audacity 2.x already has a vertical line for snapping clips to each other/labels/time
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zero, and a Selection Toolbar for typing in time values for cursor point or selection region.}}</ul>
  
===New/Modified other GUI elements===
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* '''Window management:'''
 +
** '''Always on top button:''' both for main project window and all other modeless windows, for example Plot Spectrum and Mixer Board. Will enable them to work consistently on all OS'es for example Plot Spectrum is always on top on Windows and Linux but not Mac OS X.  {{votes|10}}
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** '''Minimise Audacity when long processes running:''' {{votes|6}} See also votes for the Timer Record dialogs being [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialog_box#Modeless modeless].
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<ul>{{devcomment|Possible already on some operating systems for example Ubuntu, but on others this may not be possible without allowing access to the main project window while the process is running, which could allow other projects to be opened or worked on. Audacity is not yet threaded enough for this. Meantime use the operating system task switcher.}}
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<ul><li> '''Close all open projects without individual dialog for each''' {{votes|1}}
 +
<li> '''Automatically refit project after dragging out window''' rather than user having to CTRL + F manually afterwards.</ul></ul>
  
* '''Buttons on dialogs (general):'''
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===Keyboard Shortcuts/Modifiers===
** ''(OS X)'' '''Support OS X dual defaults''' which differentiate between preselected (hit ENTER) and bordered (hit spacebar)  {{votes|1}}  
+
{{Hint|Also see [[Use Cases]] for a number of ideas for shortcuts that would be used during playback or recording.}}
  
* '''Waveform and clip colors:'''
+
* '''New Shortcuts''':
<div id="coloredtracks"></div>
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** '''Effects'''  
** '''Assign different colors to individual tracks, clips or regions''' {{votes|42}} For example different colors for different participants in an interview
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** '''Export formats''' {{votes|2}}
*** ''' A border around the clip is sufficient''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''File > Export Selected Audio''' {{votes|1}}
*** ''' Changing the track background is sufficient, not the waveform colors''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Play-at-speed:'''
*** ''' Allow different names for each clip as well as different colors''' {{votes|2}}   
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*** '''Play at current slider speed''' {{votes|3}}. The same shortcut could possibly stop play-at-speed, as well as using spacebar.
<div id="customwave"></div>
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*** '''Open text box to enter exact speed''' for VI users, like gain/pan sliders  {{votes|1}}  
** '''User-customised waveform colors for RMS and background to improve contrast''' {{votes|31}}  
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** '''Navigation and align:'''
*** '''Do this ''without'' need for Theme downloads''' {{votes|3}}
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*** '''Scroll project horizontally by less than screen width:''' {{votesdate|4|07Mar17}}   
<ul>{{devcomment|This will be added in a future Audacity along with other interface customisations. Average value (RMS) already is light blue. Another issue is that the selection color is behind the waveform. Other editors e.g. GoldWave, CoolEdit just use different colors for selected and non-selected waveform.}}</ul>
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**** '''Should simulate mouse click on the horizontal scroll bar arrows:''' {{votesdate|1|07Mar17}}
 
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<!---**** '''Reinstate Page Up/Page Down from 1.2''' to scroll forwards/back through the project by the screen width. {{votes|5}} FIXED -->
* '''[[:File:Effect track.png|Effect track]]:''' {{votes|1}}
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**** '''CTRL + Left and CTRL + Right:''' {{votes|3}} The first press of these could centre on the cursor (or if there was a selection, on left or right edge of selection). Useful for adjusting loop positions.
** An envelope with control points like Time Track. Dropdown menu lets you choose the effect to be applied and whether the effect track applies to the audio track below, above or to all audio tracks. The Track Control Panel has buttons to select each parameter. Control points are set against the parameter levels shown on the vertical scale. The envelope line starts flat, implying the default parameter is applied to all of the track(s) it applies to.
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<ul><ul><ul>{{devcomment|Could be confusing if cursor or selection was left of centre to have CTRL + Left scroll right on first press then left. May be better to have unique shortcuts for scroll left/right and "centering then scrolling" (maybe the latter would be short scrolls, not a screenful).}} 
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<li> '''Edit > Move Cursor > To Clip End'''
 +
<li> '''Edit > Move Cursor > To Clip Start'''
 +
<li> '''Edit > Select > Cursor to Clip End'''
 +
<li> '''Edit > Select > Clip Start to Cursor''' {{votes|4}}
 +
<li> '''all the Tracks > Align Tracks commands''' {{votes|3}}
 +
<li> '''Track Dropdown Menu > Move Track to Top, Move Track to Bottom''' {{votes|4}}
 +
<li> '''Track Dropdown Menu > Move focused track up or down.''' This is still easier than using the shortcut for "Open menu on focused track" then using arrow keys and ENTER {{votes|2}}
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<li> '''Move to top/bottom track in project''' {{votes|3}}
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<li> '''Edit > Clip boundaries > Align together''' {{votes|1}} align clip boundaries together that are in the middle of a track </ul></ul></ul>
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* '''Add icons for all shortcuts:''' {{votes|4}} would complement possible new feature for customisable toolbars
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* '''Zoom:''' CTRL+ + to zoom in, CTRL+ - to zoom out, CTRL+ 0 for zoom normal as per almost every other app {{votes|4}}
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* '''Time Track Control Points:''' {{votesdate|1|07Mar17}}
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** Set a control point to exactly 100
 +
** Store the value of a control point
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** Set a control point to the stored value
  
<div id="envelope"></div> 
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* '''Keyboard Modifiers:'''  
*'''Envelope Tool''':
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** '''CTRL + click for selecting multiple objects''' such as tracks, instead of SHIFT + click which is not standard practice {{votes|4}}
** '''Choice of linear envelope editing:''' e.g. as in Pro Tools {{votes|16}} Current fades are logarithmic, if you switch the track view mode to Waveform (dB) the fades will show as "straight" lines. To make linear fade, need to create multiple small fades to create an envelope that approximates to a straight line. 
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** '''Move selection without moving track:''' {{votes|4}} Modified mouse drag (and keyboard shortcut) to move selection along the track without changing its length.
*** '''Too fiddly/unintuitive to fade out to zero''' {{votes|3}}. Pinching the point hard to the zero line makes volume fade to zero almost after the beginning of the fade.
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** '''SHIFT + click to create a selection that can span multiple tracks without prior selection of tracks''': as if you had dragged from the cursor to the place you had shift-clicked. Currently, shift-clicking only creates a selection in the track(s) where the cursor is.  
*** "SHIFT + drag" for linear envelopes and "CTRL" + drag for logarithmic envelopes
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** '''Add more modifiers to speed up working''' {{votes|1}} for example Sound Forge has shift modifier to move a selection without changing the duration
**** Fading to 0 is possible: in normal Waveform view, click the top point and drag down below the center line. Easier seen in Waveform (dB) mode or after rendering.
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<div id="globalshortcuts"></div>
<ul><ul><ul>{{devcomment|The last point is not quite correct. Waveform dB view does not show fading to 0. The lower limit of the Waveform dB view is set in Interface Preferences and any signal below this lower limit will appear to be silent. The envelope tool performs a logarithmic fade out down to -145 dB and then steps down from -145 dB to -inf dB.}}</ul>
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* '''Global shortcuts''' {{votesdate|46|16Jun20}} that operate Audacity if it does not have focus but don't return focus to Audacity. Not just useful for correcting recording mistakes while in another application (see below). For example, control recording and labelling while working on unrelated tasks.
<li> '''Tooltip or Status Bar message when mouse holds control point:''' {{votes|9}} to show gain amount, final dB level and position in the Timeline.
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{{devcomment|This feature is available cross-platform in wx 3.x (http://trac.wxwidgets.org/ticket/12354).}}
<ul><li> '''Tooltip preferred:''' {{votes|2}}</ul>
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<ul><ul><li>'''Multimedia key support''' {{votes|5}}
<li>'''Apply to regions''' {{votes|9}} e.g. hold down ALT key and drag between envelope points to move only that section up or down (handy for changing the volume of a section of audio without having to drag individual points around). </ul>{{devcomment|This would seem to imply that regions create temporary envelope points as split lines do.}}  
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<li>'''Required shortcuts are:''' play/pause, jump back x seconds and increase/decrease play speed {{votes|1}}
<ul><li>'''CTRL or ALT + click creates a control point but doesn't alter the envelope:''' {{votes|4}} (it currently starts dragging the envelope straight away which isn't very helpful). If you are far from a control point and want to tweak the envelope, but don't want to add a new control point, you need to go back to the control point.
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<li>'''Needs Stop shortcut as well as Record''' {{votes|3}}   
<li>'''Text input for accuracy of control point placement''' {{votes|6}} 
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<li>'''Or the shortcut toggles record and stop''' {{votes|1}}
<ul><li>Should allow specifying timeline position at frame resolution, as well as movement in the vertical axis on a percent or dB scale) {{votes|1}}</ul>
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<li>'''Could be done with a single key - after pressing that all shortcuts are passed to Audacity''' {{votes|1}} </ul>  
<li>'''More intelligent/automatic rendering:''' {{votes|4}} Could be a switch or a preference, off by default. Could render after each point drawn, or after switching from Envelope Tool. Reason: it's too easy to switch back to Selection Tool, forget you have not rendered the envelope then apply some effect that causes clipping after you render. It must confuse novices too to look in Amplify after using Envelope Tool and see the "wrong" values.  
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{{devcomment|Gamers would not be able to start the recording quickly enough.}}
<li>'''Cut and paste of envelope points:''' {{votes|5}} - especially useful to paste between different tracks or projects. Ideally, should permit pasting from mono track envelope to stereo (copying both envelopes from a stereo track to a mono track would be more problematic).
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<li> '''Shortcuts for buttons more discoverable''' e.g. by Status Bar message or dynamic Tooltip {{votes|5}}</ul>
<li>'''Per-track envelope accessed from button in Track Control Panel''' {{votes|2}}
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<li>'''Lock to prevent drag creating clipping''' {{votes|1}}  
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*'''Ability to add custom shortcuts to drop down menus:''' Need some kind of ability to add additional shortcuts to drop down menus that can point to the actual menu item for plug-ins.
<li>'''Modifier keys for horizontal drag only/ vertical drag only''' {{votes|4}}
 
<li>'''Horizontal bar to change volume of all envelope points together''' {{votes|5}}
 
<ul><li>Perhaps alt-drag on a master fader could do that {{votes|1}}</ul>
 
<li>'''Method to shift all envelope points left/right:''' {{votes|1}}
 
<li>'''Non-destructive:''' Draw lines and curves on top of audio events for accurate, graphically-based audio mixing like Cakewalk {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
 
  
* '''FTP/RSS/online distribution''' support for podcasters, bands etc.  {{votes|19}} {{devcomment|1=Experimental FTP support was previously available in Audacity 1.3.3 Beta. FTP is not supported in current Audacity releases, but copies of 1.3.3 are still downloadable from our [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=6235 file archive]}}
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<div id="pref"></div>
<ul><ul><li> '''Support [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoundCloud SoundCloud]:''' {{votes|2}} An [http://groups.google.com/group/soundcloudapi?pli=1 API] is available that allows applications to upload or download audio files. This API has been integrated into several DAWs like PreSonus Studio One Pro.</ul></ul>
 
  
* '''Hand Tool to Cut/Drag and Copy/Drag selection region:''' While dragging, the END of the selection range would be a dotted line and START a regular vertical line to know where to drop it. Selection Bar shows the START/END values {{votes|1}}
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===New/Modified Preferences===
  
* '''Label Track'''
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* '''General:'''  
** '''Double Click Label Edit''': have one click on a label select the labelled area, e.g. for »shift-space« playback; have double-click open the label itself for text-editing {{votes|1}}
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** '''Indicate default Preferences values in GUI:''' {{votes|2}} Could be italicise, color, underline, dash to differentiate from others, or perhaps show in tooltips.  
<ul> {{devcomment|The reason we don't do this, which was discussed at the time, is to allow creation of a label by typing in a label track (either at a cursor or inside a region) without use of a shortcut to do so. Once you have single-clicked in the label to select it, use up arrow, ESC or ENTER to use a shortcut without affecting the label contents.}}</ul>
 
  
* '''Message boxes:'''  
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* '''Devices:'''  
** '''Selectable text''' {{votes|1}} so can be copied/pasted when asking for help   
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** '''Store separate buffer and latency values per host and device:''' {{votes|3}} Need to decide if necessary to store for separate sample rates too. Need to handle different devices that display with same name such as "USB Audio CODEC".
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*** '''Extend the not yet implemented idea of [https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=71178 Recording Profiles for multi-channel track allocation]''' to include devices and their settings. {{votes|1}}
  
* '''Metronome:'''  
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* '''Directories:'''  
** '''Fully dynamic''' responds to your recorded beat, showing for example current beats-per-minute, number of beats and elapsed time since first beat {{votes|2}}  
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** '''Reinstate Audio Cache:''' {{votes|14}}
** '''Play on demand''' without having to generate a click track, enter the BPM and it plays {{votes|3}}
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*** '''for faster read/write after recording as well''' {{votes|6}}  
** '''Count-in beats before recording'''
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*** '''for helping avoid recording skips''' {{votes|3}}  
   
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*** '''only use it for recording - simpler and safer''' {{votes|4}}  
* '''Mixer Board:'''
 
** '''Needs to stay on top with main window.''' {{votes|19}} Although it gets in the way if you have a lot of tracks, you can resize it horizontally. Making it disappear when you use the main window is not the answer. That means shortcuts don't work when it has focus (or developers have to add separate shortcuts for it). Tiling doesn't help if you want to work with maximised windows.
 
*** Shortcut to switch focus and on top state between main Audacity window and Mixer Board window.
 
*** Or try the [http://www.goldwave.com/ Goldwave] solution for its Control Window. It floats on top when main window is maximised, or sticks to side/bottom of main window when that is restored down. If minimised, it sits on top of the Taskbar as a Title bar with buttons and can be moved anywhere.         
 
<ul><ul>{{devcomment|On Windows you can use right-click over Taskbar > Tile Windows ("Side-by-Side" or "Stacked" on Vista or later) or select the windows to tile in Task Manager. Alternatively try [http://www.hyperionics.com/files/index.asp FileBox eXtender] or [http://www.abstractpath.com/powermenu/ PowerMenu]. On Mac, try [http://infinite-labs.net/afloat/ Afloat]. Most Linux window managers include an "always on top" option for each window.}} 
 
<li>'''Button (and shortcut) to roll it up and down in situ:''' {{votes|1}}
 
<li>'''Allow it to be vertically resized:'''  {{votes|1}}
 
<li>'''Include Recording meter as well as playback meter''' {{votes|3}} Allows per-channel metering for multi-channel sound cards.
 
<ul><li> or embed Mixer board into Meter toolbar {{votes|1}}</ul>
 
{{devcomment|See also requests for per-track meters in [[#meter|Meter Toobar]].}}
 
<li>'''More like Kristal's mixing window''' {{votes|2}}
 
<li>'''Include 2 or 3 band EQ''' {{votes|1}}
 
<li> '''Save open/closed Mixer Board state in audacity.cfg''' so new projects respect that  {{votes|1}}  
 
<li> '''Save open/closed Mixer Board state in .aup file''' {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
 
  
* '''Quick Play Region:'''
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* '''History:'''
** '''Double-click within the region to select it''' {{votes|3}}
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** '''Do not create Undo History:''' {{votes|2}} - users are often unaware how much space this uses and can run out of space to export
** '''Multiple overlapping Play Regions''' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Display complete details of parameters used in all shipped effects:''' {{votes|2}}  
** Snap a standard region to a locked quick play region {{votes|1}}
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*** store this history in hover tooltip for whatever audio point you mouseover {{votes|1}}
** Button to lock/unlock the region ''without destroying the region'' {{votes|1}}
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** '''Maximum space for Undo History''' {{votes|3}}  
** Play a selection within the locked region {{votes|1}}
 
** Vertical lines through waveform when dragging  {{votes|1}}
 
** Dragging an edge restarts play (left edge) or continues play (right edge) {{votes|1}}
 
** Drag and drop, preserving length (if done while playing, restarts or continues according to position of playback cursor) {{votes|1}}
 
** Region shows in Selection Bar while dragged {{votes|1}}
 
** Right-click context menu with commands such as Loop-play, Play, Trim region, Cut region, Lock, Unlock, Export selection, etc. {{votes|1}}
 
** Some means of allowing second click close to first click: cursor arrows prevent this. Suggest cursor arrows don't need to be shown after you click: you can't use the play region if you drag the arrows once you have clicked. Create quick play region only by click and drag, and don't show cursor arrows until you drag. {{votes|1}}
 
  
* '''Improved right-to-left (RTL) support''' {{votes|1}}
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* '''Import/Export:'''
** RTL typing in labels and RTL direction of labels and waveform (if operating system installed in a RTL language does not make this happen)
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** '''Export at same bit depth''' or warning (on by default) that export will downsample the bit depth {{votes|6}} 
** Control should also allow left-to-right typing and direction of labels on operating systems installed in a RTL language
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** '''Always import at Default Sample Rate''' {{votes|9}}
 
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** '''Recent Files maximum number of entries:''' {{votes|3}} to include "0" to keep it empty
* '''Scrollbars:'''
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** '''dB level Checkbox for "Normalize all tracks in project" on import:''' {{votes|3}} to be independent of the current level applied via the Normalize effect dialog.
** '''Secondary horizontal scrollbar''' {{votes|1}} (above the existing standard horizontal scrollbar) that scrolls only the extent of selection. When you've highlighted one bar of a song, then want to zoom in to the sample level you want to scroll back and forth in your selection, but the standard project-wide horizontal scrollbar isn't granular enough and you whiz way out of your selection.  
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** '''Normalize on export:''' {{votes|3}} 
 
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** '''Reliable MP3 encoding without changing the peak level:''' {{votes|7}} as per [https://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=23 bug 23]
* '''Selection Viewer (draggable):'''  {{votes|11}} Useful for previewing loops, to see how well the ends match. Could incorporate zooming like the Windows magnifier. Could have option to duplicate a region into viewer as transparent different colored waveform for easy comparison over the top of another region.  
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** '''Explorer integration:'''
** Also see proof of concept for a [http://audacity.238276.n2.nabble.com/Focus-Plus-Context-Audacity-Demo-screencast-td257863.html Focus-Plus-Context Audacity interface] {{votes|2}}  
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*** '''Multiple files import into same project''' {{votes|5}}
 
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*** '''Associate with chosen file extensions''' {{votes|5}}
* '''Sliders:'''  
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*** '''All open and import are into same project:''' {{votes|2}} less confusing - if you want a file to open a new window, open the window first 
** '''More discoverable precise adjustment'''
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** '''Default Open/Import folder and Default Export/Save Folder'''  {{votesdate|17|08Apr20}} These are always accessed when opening the file dialog.
** '''Add "double-click for precise adjustment" message to tooltips''' {{votes|1}}
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<ul>{{devcomment|If you only ever use one directory Audacity would always open it as it already remembers the last used.}} </ul>
<ul>{{devcomment|1=A downward pointing widget may be a better idea because there is a fairly definite [http://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=74 intention] to use the tooltip to display the current setting}} </ul>
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<ul><ul><li>  '''Default XML import/export directory:''' {{votes|3}} e.g. for Load/Save Metadata templates and Import/Export of EQ curves, rather than use Audacity's data directory. Could remember last directory instead, but shouldn't simply use the same directory as import/export of audio files.
 
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* '''Status Bar:'''
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<li> '''Export to directory from which original .aup or audio file loaded:''' (like Save Project does). Should apply to all export options (including labels, which should use name of the file, not "labels.txt") and fall back to "last used" directory otherwise. {{votesdate|41|14Mar18}}
** '''Original file data:''' {{votes|15}} Track Panel information gives current resolution/sample rate but the data for the original files in the project is wanted too: sample rate, sample format, bit rate, file format, VBR/CBR and so on
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<li>  '''Export to current directory:''' Much easier for command line users  {{votes|3}}
<ul>{{devcomment|Easy for a single track referring to a single file, not so easy for multiple files and tracks that don't relate to files e.g. recordings. It would seem this would need to be a dropdown?}}</ul>
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<div id="exportsame"></div>
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<li>  ''' Export to same directory as project save directory''' {{votes|1}} 
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<li>  '''Default Export Format''' {{votes|1}}
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<li>  '''Export multiple "overwrite files" state''' {{votes|1}}
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<li> '''File > Overwrite original file on exit:''' {{votes|9}} - time saving for those using Audacity as external editor for another app.  
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<ul><li>  '''Export to same format as imported file''':{{votes|6}} - even that on its own would help  </ul>
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<li>  '''Enable automatic file name generation/suggestion''' {{votes|5}} Could be for project files as well as exported files. Specify if name includes date/time (and its format, such as Y_M_D_hh_mm), whether time is for start or end of recording, whether quits automatically just with string as file name, or inserts string into file name if a name is chosen manually.
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<li>  '''Write no metadata''' {{votes|16}} - not just disable appearance of metadata editor, not just write empty tags. Should apply to all exports, not just export multiple. One use case is that CD burning software may use metadata to determine track order.  
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{{devcomment|1=This affects all use cases where the user relies on the file name in applications that give priority to metadata, including some hardware media players, CD burning applications, some audio editors, software media players and so on.}}
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<ul><li> '''Disable writing metadata only for WAV export''' {{votes|3}} - Don't clear Metadata Editor because you may want to export MP3 too</ul> 
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<li>  '''Generate/suggest on basis of current metadata''' {{votes|1}}
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<li>  '''Preserve start-time relative to time zero when exporting''' {{votes|19}} This is needed for exporting offset tracks for multi-track mixing elsewhere.</ul>
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<ul>{{devcomment|This can now be done by generating silence between time zero and the start of the audio, or by exporting a multi-channel file (choose "Use custom mix..." in [https://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/import_export_preferences.html Import / Export Preferences]).}} </ul>
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<ul><ul><li>'''Better instead as a checkbox in export dialog''' {{votes|4}}</ul></ul></ul>
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<ul><ul>
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<li> '''Compressed exports: use same export bit rate/compression level as the first imported file''' so that exported file size is the same if file length unmodified. Or simplest, a checkbox just in MP3 export options in version 2.x {{votes|7}}</ul>
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{{devcomment|Using the same bit rate as the imported file would be quite complex e.g. exclusions if there was no imported file or if it was uncompressed or a different compressed format, plus adaptation for variable bit rate export}}
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<ul><li> '''Offer Import Raw dialog if file type unrecognized:''' {{votes|1}} that is if Audacity cannot detect the file format at all.
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<li>'''Normalize to [[#master_gain|master gain level]]:''' {{votes|1}}</ul></ul>
  
* '''Tabs for individual projects, not separate windows:''' {{votes|9}} Far easier to manipulate and understand
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* '''Interface:'''
 
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** '''Placement of new tracks:''' {{votes|13}}  
* '''Timeline:'''
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*** '''At top''' {{votes|6}}
** '''Option to display in current Selection Format''' such as film frames, not just in seconds. {{votes|7}}   
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*** {{todo}} '''Underneath selected track(s)''' {{votes|7}}
** '''Timeline settable to HH:MM:SS:''' {{votes|7}} for easier calculation of times at which recording events occurred
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**** See [[Proposal: Rationalizing where new tracks are created to aid usability and consistency]]
*** Should be an extra timeline, not just an option for existing Timeline {{votes|4}}
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** <strike>Mixed and Rendered tracks placed at top of project {{votes|8}} </strike>
*** Cutting or pasting audio should adjust displayed time {{votes|1}}   
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** <strike> Every new audio track creates its own label track underneath {{votes|1}} - requirement for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DAISY DAISY Books]</strike>
** '''Draggable Timeline that could dock between or at bottom of tracks:''' {{votes|3}}'''
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** '''Global font for GUI display''' {{votes|4}}
** '''Identical timeline at bottom of screen:''' {{votes|2}} on by default, but closable by [X] and open/closed state remembered.
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** '''"Zoom Normal" level'''. Default 10 seconds too restrictive  {{votes|3}}   
** '''Display in loop units''' as per the length of an identified loop region in the track {{votes|1}}  
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** '''Beep on completing longer activities:''' Choose the sound to play and how long a process should last before it sounds {{votes|3}}
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<ul>{{devcomment|You can specify this manually in audacity.cfg}}   
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<ul><li>'''Choice of color for Track Name in waveform:''' {{votes|8}}
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<ul><li>'''Choice should be per track''' {{votes|2}}</ul>
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<li> '''Different modes for skill level/purpose''' {{votes|4}} - expose/hide different parts of interface/control quantity of messaging. Examples: "Beginner", "Intermediate", "Advanced", "DJ", "Multi-Track Studio", "Composer", "Scientific"
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<li> '''Maximising window maximises tracks''' {{votes|1}} </ul></ul> 
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* '''Keyboard'''
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** '''Click "Command" to sort alphabetically''' {{votes|4}}
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** {{done}} '''Alert User about Keyboard Shortcut conflict''' if the shortcut is already taken, and what is currently set to it. {{votes|1}}
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<ul>{{devcomment|1=This should already happen - if it doesn't it's [https://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=229 Bug 229] - in that case make changes in the "All" category to receive the alert.}}</ul>
  
* '''Time Tracks:'''
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* '''Meters:'''
** '''Greater default range than 90/110:''' {{votes|5}}  
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** '''Reset delay for Recent Peak''' {{votes|1}} so it can fall back sooner than a few seconds after the peak
** '''Reinstate a way to move all the points when changing range:''' {{votes|3}}
 
** '''One per track''' not one per window {{votes|1}}
 
** '''Vertical scale shows speed change percentages''' {{votes|1}}
 
** '''Tooltip on hover over envelope point''' showing corrected time line position and speed percentage {{votes|1}}
 
  
* '''Title Bar:'''
 
** '''Contain "Audacity" even when displaying a file or project''' - This allows other programs such as macro programs to recognise it {{votes|2}} 
 
** '''include version number:''' - important for multi-computer environments like community radio {{votes|1}}   
 
** '''Show entire project length:''' - helps when doing attrition-type editing for a particular length {{votes|1}} 
 
** '''Contain a * for unsaved changes''' {{votes|1}} 
 
** '''Contain time remaining for a current operation''' (e.g. noise removal, mp3 export) {{votes|1}}
 
  
<div id="tddm"></div>
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<div id="mouse"></div>
* '''Track Dropdown menu, vertical scale and track views:'''
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* '''Mouse:'''
** '''Better signposted''' {{votes|19}}
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** '''Configurable bindings'''   {{votesdate|20|14Sep21}}  
*** '''Descriptive tooltips''' {{votes|10}}
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** '''Zoom by holding mouse button''' not by continual click
***'''Move it to main menus at top instead''' {{votes|7}}
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** '''Zoom by hovering mouse over pre-defined part of a region''' such as bottom-left {{votes|1}}
<ul><ul>{{devcomment|Some commands only apply to adjacent pairs of tracks though, so not very obvious what happens if you select a group of mono and stereo tracks and choose "Make Stereo Track"}}
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*** [[User:Arlen]] votes against this {{votes|-1}}
<ul><li> '''Make it into a normal combo menu box''' that everyone understands and accept it will widen the Track Control Panel. As a variant, track name could be a slide-out (with a tooltip) where you enter the name. Dropdown menu itself could be a spanner icon to right of sample rate/format, or maybe even a button that says "menu"  {{votes|4}}</ul>
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** '''Ugly cursor for hover over selection edge:''' {{votes|3}} Double-headed arrow?
<li>'''Move track to specific place in track table''' {{votes|6}}
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<ul><li>'''"Move Track to Top" and "Move Track to Bottom"''' are most important {{votes|2}}</ul> 
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* '''Playback:'''
<li> '''Make it easier to read long track names:''' {{votes|9}}
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** '''Output slider does not move system slider.''' {{votes|19}} Standard with media players and even many audio editors. Turning up volume to work on quiet audio in Audacity can wreck speakers/headphones if you then forget to turn system volume down before playing in another app that has an independent control.<ul> {{devcomment|Turning the level down in software gives worse signal-to-noise ratio than doing so by directly affecting the hardware as now. On Windows Vista and later, you can make the Audacity playback volume quieter without affecting the system volume by left-clicking the speaker icon by the system clock, then click "Mixer" (or on Windows 10, right-click the speaker icon), then turn down the Audacity slider.}}
<ul><li>'''Hover tooltip for the name''' {{votes|7}}</ul>
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<ul><li> '''Give output to Audacity's application-specific slider''' on Windows 7, Vista and other OS'es that support this {{votes|6}}  
{{note|'''Peter 30Jan17:''' With current Audacity you can superimpose a long track name, for audio tracks, on the waveform winw.  Use Preferences>Tracks and set the entry for '''Shoaw audio track name as overlay''' to be '''on'''.
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<li> '''Loop from cursor to track end''' when no selection, not the whole track (or do it anyway to respect practice elsewhere in the app) {{votes|12}}
{{ednote|'''Peter 30Jan17:''' [[ToDo-1]] does this satisfy this FR sufficiently so we can mark it as completed>}} }}
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<ul><li>'''Loop from cursor to cursor''' {{votes|8}} i.e. always plays whole track even if cursor is not at zero</ul>
<li> '''Pitch view should show intelligible pitch estimates''' of simple piano, guitar or vocal selections with a piano labelled diagram [[user yanky5cool]]  {{votes|3}}
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<li>'''Stop and set cursor:''' {{votes|7}} makes the default action of Stop button to set cursor at stop point; this means SHIFT + A stops and resets cursor to starting position.
<ul><li> Should also be a real time tool with a graph and movable points that change the pitch as the track plays </ul>
 
<li> '''Add scaling for negative samples in Waveform (dB) view''' {{votes|9}} (the obvious issue is how to present that when the scale values themselves are mostly negative) </ul>  
 
{{devcomment|That is not a problem at all (beyond indicating the samples in the lower half are negative). The numbers on the lower side of "-inf" are a direct reflection of those above. See any other audio editor for an example.}}
 
<ul><li> '''Zoom the vertical scale with magnify icon to much finer resolution''' {{votes|7}} not just to integer or a bit less.
 
<ul><li>'''Should show samples e.g. -32768 to 32767''' {{votes|2}}</ul>{{devcomment|If you drag the track down at the bottom of the waveform you will get more resolution}} </ul>
 
<ul><li> '''New "Waveform (Linear)" view with Logarithmic Scale''' then one can look at a sine wave without distortion. Also Audacity effects and filters all work in dB!  {{votes|3}}
 
<li> '''New "Waveform dB" view with Logarithmic scale''' {{votes|8}} not linear spacing of increments as now
 
<li>'''New "Waveform dB" view with linear interpolation''' (sine wave looks like sine) {{votes|2}}
 
<li> '''L and R channel labelling on vertical scale''' {{votes|2}}
 
<li> '''Additional vertical scale at right hand end of waveform''' {{votes|1}}
 
<li>'''Swap stereo channels''' for upper track of stereo pair  {{votes|1}}
 
<li> '''Multiple track views''': {{votes|7}}  
 
<ul><li> '''Waveform/Spectrogram split view for each track:''' {{votes|9}} upper track has a waveform view, lower a spectrogram view of the same audio, like the [http://www.thinklabsmedical.com/electronic-stethoscope/products/thinklabs-phonocardiography-software-161.html Thinklabs] variant of Audacity
 
<ul><li>Split stereo track into waveform left channel, spectrogram right channel: {{votes|1}} Use case is bat recorder hardware where left and right have different content for different purposes. </ul>  
 
<li> '''Multi-View:''' upper track in waveform view, then linked views of the same track below in waveform (dB) view then (read only) spectrum and pitch views: {{votes|2}} Editing or horizontal zooming either waveform view changes the other views. Makes it easier to isolate and analyze a specific micro sound and see all "the big picture". Should also be accessible via Analyze Menu. </ul>
 
{{devcomment| It's possible to duplicate the tracks, select them all to run the effect or other edit, and select just one to do an analysis with a plug-in.}}
 
<li> '''New 3D track view:''' Amplitude *and* Frequency against Time to complement Analyze > Plot Spectrum {{votes|2}}
 
<li> '''Solo and Mute choices''' {{votes|1}} so easier to operate these with shortcuts in multi-track projects
 
 
</ul></ul>
 
</ul></ul>
  
<ul><li>'''Track Control Panel  (TrackInfo class):'''
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<ul><li> '''Redesigned to retain functionality at minimal height''' {{votes|10}}  
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* '''Projects:'''
<ul><li> '''Keep gain/pan sliders available when track height reduced''' {{votes|3}}  
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** '''Always store unsaved changes on quit:''' {{votes|3}} This removes the "Save Changes?" dialogue and stores something like an autosave file and the _data it points to. There would be a  prescribed size limit and it that limit was exceeded the "Save Changes" dialogue appears. Create a "project manager" to access, open or delete this data.
<li> '''Redundant 'mute' and 'solo' options''': {{votes|1}} so you don't have to constantly open/close different collapsed tracks.</ul>
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** '''Save and reopen unsaved content on quit:''' {{votes|6}} This works on the Quit Command (including the window close button on Windows and Linux) but not on File > Close. There is no "Save Changes?" dialogue on Quit. When you launch Audacity the last open work opens again. No file size limit.
{{devcomment|see [[Space Savers]] for some more ideas}} 
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*** '''Restore all content on restarting Audacity''' including saved projects {{votes|1}} and so also removing "Save Changes?".
<li> '''Add per track Equalizer:''' Fairly coarse control OK, or (better) put it on pop-up panel {{votes|3}}
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<li> ''''Allow Track Control Panel to be resized horizontally''' {{votes|8}}  
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* '''Quality:'''
<li> '''Additional Priority Solo Button:''' {{votes|4}} Pressing this unsolos any soloed tracks and releasing it re-solos the previously soloed tracks.
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** '''Don't dither absolute silence:''' {{votes|3}}
<li> '''Delete track with [X] when playing or recording''' {{votes|1}}
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<li> '''Finer Gain/Pan sliders:''' Annoying they move by only intervals of 3 by default (yes i know if you can hold CTRL and move them by one). Better if designed so that clicking on the slider activates it, then mouse roller increments up or down by intervals of 1.
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* '''Recording:'''
<li> '''Gain/Pan hover display:''' Avoids having to click the mouse and accidentally change slider position {{votes|2}}  
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** '''Append-Record:''' makes the default recording mode "append to existing track"; this means SHIFT-click on Record button appends and click starts new track. {{votes|5}}
<li> '''Display bit rate in audio data above the mute/solo buttons:''' most helpful if wanting to re-export MP3s at same bit rate (and hence file size). Status Bar might be alternative location {{votes|3}}
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** '''Set Timeline zero to system clock time when starting recordings:''' not just for Sound Activated Recording {{votes|7}}
<li> '''Display current track length:''' {{votes|2}} easier than having to select the whole track and look in Selection Toolbar </ul></ul>
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** '''Spectrogram Monitoring Before record:'''