Release Notes 3.1
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|Audacity 3.1 was released on 27. October 2021
Changes and improvements since previous version
Audacity 3.1 replaces all previous versions.
Prominent new features
- Clip Handles (replacing the Time Shift Tool)
- Smart Clips (non-destructive resizing of clips)
- Playback Looping
- Context menus have been added in more places.
- In the preferences, Tracks > Track behaviors > Editing a clip can move other clips is now disabled by default
- The spectrogram defaults have been changed: scale type to Mel (was Linear), top of scale to 20000 Hz (was 8000 Hz), window size to 2048 (was 1024), and zero padding to 2 (was 1).
- The main volume controls no longer change the system volume.
- Raw Import now will remember the previously used settings. Automatic detection of the format now is a button.
- A journaling feature has been added for QA purposes.
- Generate > Tone now supports triangle waves.
- There now exist "What's new" screens for the update and welcome dialogs.
- Timeline Quick Play for regions and locked regions have been replaced by playback looping.
- The shortcut to rename labels and clip names has temporarily been hardcoded to Ctrl+F2.
- This conflicts with the default xfce shortcut to change workspaces.
- FFMPEG now supports avformat 55, 57 and 58.
- PortAudio has been updated to version 19.7 and devendored (so it can be built against 19.6).
- Several libraries (expat, libsndfile, ...) have been devendored. The CMakeLists.txt lists which versions we build against.
There are some 50 issues closed labeled as bug. Among them:
- AppImages support localization. #1382
- Progress bars for Nyquist generators have been made more accurate. #1856
- Rhythm tracks can no longer drift off-time by 2ms over 9 minutes; they're now sample-accurate. #1853
- The play button has regained a pixel or two to become a triangle once more. #1792
- Auto Duck has been made way more accurate and should no longer miss sections above the threshold. #1389
- The manual now only is included in the executable once #1917
- Shift-clicking a menu item no longer opens the settings menu #1358
- FFMPEG no longer segfaults ALSA #1170
- Audacity no longer crashes when macros output directory is set to C:\ #1174
- A bouncing ball of death problem has been fixed #1312
Audacity is for Windows, Mac and Linux desktop machines. There is no version of Audacity for Android or iPhone.
- Audacity 3.1 requires the CPU to support the SSE2 instruction set which should be available on any Intel hardware produced after 2001 and any AMD hardware produced after 2003.
- 3.1 does not support Windows XP.
- You may try 2.2.2 on XP, but it is unsupported.
macOS / Mac OS X
- Audacity 3.1 is for Intel Macs running OS X 10.7 and later and macOS.
- There are legacy versions for older OS X at http://audacityteam.org/download/legacy-mac/.
- In addition to the traditional update path via package managers, Audacity 3.0.3 and onwards are distributed as an AppImage. The AppImage gets updated at the same time as the Windows and macOS versions, so if you collaborate with users on those platforms, you may want to use the AppImage over your distribution's package manager.
- Linux support is tested on Ubuntu Linux.
- Other Linux distributions should work, but aren't tested by the Audacity team.