Destructive Editing vs Non-Destructive Editing Using Audacity 3.2.0

In this video I demonstrate the difference between non-destructive effects vs destructive effects in Audacity 3.2.0. Prior to Audacity 3.2.0 any effects added to a track were destructive, meaning each effect I added was embedded in the waveform itself, changing the waveform. As soon as I saved my project and closed the program, I could never undo what I had done. This is destructive editing. But starting with Audacity 3.2.0, that’s changed. We now have the option to use non-destructive editing where the effects I add don’t touch the waveform but remain external to it. This is non-destructive editing.


  • 00:00 – Intro: The Difference Between Destructive and Non-Destructive Effects
  • 00:45 – Destructive Editing Demonstration
  • 01:53 – Non-Destructive Realtime Effects
  • 02:49 – Adding Non-Destructive Realtime Effects
  • 03:31 – Enabling and Disabling Realtime Effects
  • 05:55 – Stacking Multiple Effects
  • 07:14 – Destructive Effects Are Still Available
  • 07:47 – Wrap-Up

Hardware I used in this video (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying Amazon purchases).

Software I Used:

  • Audacity Version 3.2.0 Beta 20220913
  • Camtasia 2022
  • Auphonic Desktop Leveler

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