Audacity 2.3.0 Released

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September 29th, 2018: Audacity 2.3.0 Released

Audacity 2.3.0 replaces all previous versions for Windows and macOS.
(The current release for Linux is Audacity 2.2.2. Additional information on the Linux download page.)

  • Many new features, and over 90 bugs fixed (since 2.2.2).


We are still compiling Audacity as 32-bit. Whilst MacOSX works with 32-bit, it would prefer a 64-bit version of Audacity.    We are working on a 64-bit version for Mac for 2.3.1.  On Windows you may find that recording is disabled until you change Windows permissions for the microphone!  This affects all versions of Audacity, and many other audio programs.

New in Audacity 2.3.0:

  • New feature – “Punch and Roll Recording”
  • Pinned-play-head can now be repositioned by dragging
  • Play-at-speed now can be adjusted whilst playing.
  • Toolbars controlling volume and speed can now be resized for greater precision
  • Macros (formerly ‘Chains’) substantially extended
    • New Macro palette
    • Macros can be bound to keyboard keys
  • New commands
    • New ‘Tools’ menu
    • New ‘Scriptables’ commands
  • Nyquist gains AUD-DO command
  • Nyquist effects are now translatable and translated
  • More dialogs have help buttons now
  • Increased legibility of trackname display
  • Half-wave option for collapsed tracks
  • Sliding Stretch
  • Dialog (option) for entering labels

See: 2.3.0 New Features for longer descriptions and links on how to use the new features.

Bug Fixes

Over 90 bugs that were in 2.2.2 fixed, including:

  • Windows: Queen Mary 1.7.1 Vamp plug-ins crash Audacity on opening Plug-in Manager – bug #1244
  • Inconsistent behavior when recording with a selection defined – bug #1839
  • Ctrl + M does not open label for editing – bug #1852
  • Vertical Zoom in by clicking in the vertical Scale, or context menu, in waveform views is inconsistent – bug #1810
  • Deletion of all tracks cannot be undone – bug #1845
  • Timer Record with a selection present can get a truncated recording with data loss – bug #1851
  • Duplicate shortcuts can be created – bug #1786
  • Labels longer than 260 characters are now supported – bug #1905
  • Using Spectrogram Settings in TCP or using Preferences causes Audacity to reset Project Rate to default rate in Quality Preferences – bug #1977
  • Cut Preview should play all selected/sync-locked tracks, respecting Mute/Solo during preview – bug #231

See also: 2.3.0 Release Notes