Release Notes 3.2

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Audacity 3.2 was released on xx. xxx 2022
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this is still a preliminary list.

Changes and improvements since previous version

Prominent changes

  • Added a new Effects button to the tracks menu, allowing you to place realtime effects. Further information can be found <somewhere>.
  • Merged the mixer bar with the meter bars.
  • Added a new Audio Setup button, replacing the Device Toolbar by default. The device toolbar can be re-added via the View > Toolbars menu.
  • The Effects menu has gotten a new sorting. Other sorting and grouping options can be found in the Effects preferences.

Plugin changes

  • VST3 effects are now supported.
  • All plugin formats are now real-time capable (with the exception of Vamp and Nyquist)
  • Plugins now automatically get scanned, tested and enabled when Audacity starts.

System changes

  • Apple Silicon (arm64) and Universal Binaries are now supported on macOS
  • FFMPEG 5.0 (avformat 59) is now supported, in addition to avformat 55, 57 and 58.
  • UI rendering performance has been increased massively by using Direct2D (Windows) and OpenGL (macOS, Linux).
  • On Linux, Audacity can now be compiled without JACK present.
  • Switched from mad to mpg123 as MP3 importer

License update

  • Audacity is now licensed under the GNU General Public License, Version 3. Most code files remain GPLv2-or-later, but VST3 support required this license update. More information can be found in the announcement post.

Other changes

  • Removed the Zoom Tool.
  • The following built-in effects are now real-time capable: Amplify, Echo, Reverb, in addition to Bass & Treble, Distortion, Treble and Wahwah.

Bug Fixes

  • 3079 Fixed Audacity sometimes not being able to import MP3 files (or reporting Huffman Data Overruns) by switching import library
  • 2590 Fixed rare data loss bug when placing labels during recording
  • 2272 Fixed clip titles being able to disappear off-screen when editing them
  • 1889 Fixed clip titles changing name when applying some effects
  • 1624 During batch processing, Audacity will no longer stop to ask for a sample rate when an unsupported one is chosen, but choose the nearest supported one instead.
  • 2265 Fixed mod-script-pipe not being installed on Linux

Supported Platforms

Audacity is for Windows, Mac and Linux desktop machines. There is no version of Audacity for Android or iPhone.
  • Audacity 3.2 supports Windows 10 & 11
    • Windows Vista, 7 and 8.1 should still work, but are no longer tested.
    • Downloads for older versions are available on the Legacy Windows page on the Audacity Website.
macOS / Mac OS X
  • 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 20.04.
    • Other Linux distributions should work, but aren't tested by the Audacity team.