Is Audacity Spying On Us? Version 3.0.3 Is Out!

Welcome to episode 13 of the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I’m back from a month long road trip and while I was gone, I started hearing and reading concerns over Audacity becoming spyware under its new ownership. Also today, April 26, 2021, a new version of Audacity (3.0.3) was released. Coincidence? Let’s talk.

Here are the links I mention in this episode:

NOTE: As I was editing this episode, Audacity crashed and I was given the option to send the crash report or not send it, just as the privacy notice stated would happen.

-Mike

How to Export a Project Using a Macro (Plus a Sneak-Peek at Macros in Audacity Version 3.0.2)

IMPORTANT:
Since recording this video, Audacity version 3.0.2 has been released and is now the production version. When I recorded this video, it was still in pre-release.

In this video, I show you how to create and run a macro that will export your project as a WAV file using a keyboard shortcut and I show you where Audacity version 3.0.2 stores your macros because it’s different in version 3.0.2.

What’s New in Audacity 3.0.0: Directory Preferences

Let’s talk about directory preferences, a new feature in Audacity 3.0.0. Audacity now lets you open, save, import, and export from and to specific directories.

Bug Alert: The Noise Gate in Audacity Version 3.0.0 is Broken!

There’s a serious bug in the newly released Audacity 3.0.0. The Noise Gate doesn’t work! You read that correctly. I’ll say it again. The Noise Gate in Audacity 3.0.0 doesn’t work! The good news is Audacity version 3.0.1 will have the fix. In the meantime, here’s a link to the temporary fix. It’s a Nyquist plug-in that can be used until version 3.0.1 is out.

If you’re on Windows and need some help installing it, here’s the HELP PAGE.

Here’s a link to my course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced.

What’s New in Audacity 3.0.0: Macro Import, Export, and Comments

Audacity 3.0.0 gives us the ability to import and export our macros and to add comments in a macro step. This is a big deal if you use macros like I do.

What’s New in Audacity 3.0.0: Project Backups

There’s a new feature in Audacity 3.0.0 that’s pretty sweet. It gives you the ability to make a quick duplicate copy of your project at any stage of production. This is good if you want to save your project at different intervals with different names (i.e. different version numbers) and keep the saved backups untouched as you forge ahead on the original project. The uses for this are almost unlimited. Let me show you how it works.