After releasing Audacity 2.4.0, Audacity has decided to pause the release. The reason is due to a bug.
We’ve temporarily re-instated the 2.3.3 release for downloads whilst we investigate a serious bug that affects 2.4.0 on Windows Mac and Linux. The bug causes loss/corruption of audio.
Currently, we think the bug happens when you have two projects open at the same time and paste audio from one project to the other. Thanks to Jack L from FreeBSD for alerting us to the problem and giving us steps to reproduce it.
Those who have downloaded, and have been using, Audacity 2.4.0 may have encountered this bug. You may find it reassuring that Audacity is aware of the bug that caused the problems and that they are working on a solution to fix it.
In the meantime, it might be a good idea to download and re-install the Audacity 2.3.3 release. Based on Audacity’s blog post, it appears that the 2.3.3. release is functional. You might be able to go right back to that version as you wait for Audacity to fix the bug that is causing a problem in Audacity 2.4.0.
It is also a good idea to check the Audacity website from time to time and see if they have fixed the bug problem. My best guess is that information will be revealed in a future blog post.
Audacity announced the release of Audacity 2.4.0 which replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Here is a quick look at some of the features:
- Audacity has now caught up with Apple’s “notarization system”. Audacity on Mac is notarized and runs on Catalina.
- They have split the recording/playing time off from the selection toolbar and it can now be dragged to make it larger. This is particularly for people recording themselves playing a musical instrument, where they will typically be further from the screen when playing and benefit from a larger numerical display.
- The new toolbar can be “unlocked” from the foot of the screen, and made larger still, for more distant viewing.
- They have added a new optional mode for viewing audio. In this new mode you can see both the waveform and a spectrogram at the same time. Previously, you would switch back and forth between them if you wanted.
- To access multi-view mode, you click on the down-pointing triangle beside the track name in the panel on the left side of the wave. This will drop-down a menu with options, including multi-view mode.
Those who want a more detailed account of the changes made in Audacity 2.4.0 can check out the Audacity Wiki. It includes a list of the many bugs fixed since 2.3.3.