Audacity 3.2.1 Released PLUS: How to Unhide the Device Toolbar

Without much fanfare Audacity version 3.2.1 is out and among other fixes, includes a fix for the missing ffmpeg file for M1/M2 Mac users. Here’s a link to the fixes in this version of Audacity.

https://github.com/audacity/audacity/releases/tag/Audacity-3.2.1

Plus the Device Toolbar lives! You just need to unhide it if you want it back.

Contents:

  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 00:16 – Audacity Version 3.2.1
  • 00:29 – ffmpeg Workaround in 3.2.0 for M1/M2 Mac Users
  • 01:18 – ffmpeg Fix in Version 3.2.1
  • 01:53 – Unhiding the Device Toolbar
  • 03:10 – Wrap-up

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

Software I Used:

  • Audacity Version 3.2.1 (for post-processing)
  • Camtasia 2022
  • Auphonic Desktop App

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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.

Contents

  • 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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The Audacity 3.2.0 Audio Setup Button

In Audacity 3.2.0 the device toolbar has been replaced by the Audio Setup button. This gave us back some important real estate in the user interface. This video is a quick look at the new Audio Setup button in Audacity 3.2.0.

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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The Share Audio Button in Audacity 3.2.0

Audacity 3.2 has a new feature that makes sharing your audio productions quick and simple. As one who teaches Audacity, I’ve lost count of the number or times I’ve been asked to share a project or part of a project’s audio and the number of times I’ve asked others to do the same. Enter, Audacity 3.2. With the new Share Audio button in Audacity 3.2 we can share our audio with the click of the mouse button. The audio is shared on Audacity’s new audio.com website (what a great URL!). I show you how to share your audio using Audacity 3.2 in this video.

Contents:

  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 00:15 – Share Audio Button
  • 00:47 – Share Demonstration
  • 01:10 – Linking Audacity 3.2 to Audio.Com
  • 01:39 – Uploading Audio to Audio.Com From Audacity 3.2
  • 02:07 – Review and Share Your Audio Once It’s Uploaded
  • 02:46 – Audio is Private by Default 03:01 – 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 App

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How To Fix Loud Noise Floor in Audacity to Meet ACX Standards

There’s no substitute for a high-quality initial recording. Taking necessary steps to get the best recording possible saves time and a lot of headaches in post-production cleanup. There’s no substitute for a pristine recording. But sometimes that just doesn’t happen for any number of reasons. In this video I show you one way to clean up the noise floor in our ACX recordings using the Noise Reduction effect in Audacity.

Contents:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:15 – ACX Noise Floor Requirements
  • 00:35 – Example Waveform
  • 01:01 – Initial ACX Check
  • 01:30 – Setting the RMS Level
  • 02:30 – Applying the Limiter
  • 02:56 – Fixing the Noise Floor Using Noise Reduction
  • 04:56 – ACX Check for Noise Floor Passed
  • 05:17 – What is Noise Floor?
  • 05:44 – The Importance of Recording Good Audio
  • 06:24 – Wrap-Up Enroll Now! ACX Audiobook Production Using Audacity – https://www.audacitybootcamp.com/p/acx-audiobook-production-using-audacity

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

Software I Used:

  • Audacity Version 3.1.3
  • Camtasia 2022
  • Auphonic Desktop Leveler

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Caution: “Treat Mono As Dual Mono” Will Reduce LUFS By 3dB

In this video I show you how checking the option, “Treat Mono As Dual Mono” when setting LUFS levels in Audacity will actually reduce your exported file’s level by 3dB. This option is there to meet the EBU’s broadcast standard for LUFS when working with a dual-mono track. A dual-mono track is a track with left and right channels (similar to a true stereo track) but unlike a stereo track, the audio in each channel is identical. But when used on a mono track, this option reduces the LUFS level by 3dB. As I show you in this video, if you’re exporting a mono podcast at -19dB LUFS with this option checked, you’re actually exporting at -22dB LUFS. This is important information.

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

Software I Used:

  • Audacity Version 3.1.3
  • Camtasia 2022
  • Auphonic Desktop Leveler

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