Audacity, the free open-source audio editor, has released a new update – 1.3.4 beta – with lots of new features. It’s used by many people and has many passionate followers.
New features included are
* New Welcome Screen with introduction to Audacity.
* New ‘Mix and Render to New Track’ command.
* Support for VAMP audio analysis plug-ins.
* More keyboard shortcuts and navigation.
* Reworked solo/mute handling.
* New preference: Select all audio in project, if none selected (on by default).
* New preference: Beep on completion of longer activities.
* Envelopes: Many fixes when copying, pasting, or repeating.
* Many translation updates.
* Metadata editor added for OGG, FLAC and WAV/AIFF exports. Metadata import improved.
* Muted tracks are no longer audible in the exported mix.
* Improvements to latency correction.
Audacity works on Linux, Mac & Windows, but the new release hasn’t hit the Mac yet.
As with all betas, prospective upgraders are warned that there may be problems with this release, so shouldn’t be attempted by the technically innocent.