Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know Audacity is an open-source, multi-platform audio editor and recorder, running on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
- recording (from a microphone or mixer)
- import/export of WAV, AIFF, AU, FLAC, MP3 (via LAME encoder) Ogg Vorbis files
- advanced editing (cut, copy, paste, delete commands with unlimited “Undo” and “Redo”, multitrack mixing)
- digital effects (change the pitch, remove background noises, alter frequencies, remove vocals, create voice-overs for podcasts etc.) and plug-ins (support for LADSPA, Nyquist, VST Audio Unit, including VAMP analysis plug-ins).
The latest version available is Audacity 2.1.0, which has been recently released, coming with changes and bug-fixes.
- LADSPA, VST and Audio Unit (OS X) effects now support real-time preview, save/load of user presets and saving effect settings across sessions. Note: Real-time preview does not yet support latency compensation.
- VST effects now support import/export of FXB preset banks.
- Shell VST effects that host multiple plugins are now supported.
- All Effect Menu items (built-in or plugin) can now be used in a Chain.
- Items in the Effect, Generate or Analyze Menus can be sorted or grouped by name, publisher or class of effect.
- Noise Removal is improved and renamed to “Noise Reduction”.
- Change Speed has new time controls for current and new length. You can now enter the speed change as a multiplier e.g. “2” is twice as fast.
- New “Crossfade Tracks” effect can be used for crossfading two tracks. This replaces Cross Fade In and Cross Fade Out.
- Nyquist Prompt and most shipped Nyquist effects now have Preview button.
- Redesigned Meter Toolbars: The default shows separate Record and Playback Meters, half-height so they can be wider while docked, in gradient style.
- A frequency selection can now be made (and spectral edit effects applied to those frequencies) when in a spectrogram view. You can also create or adjust frequency selections in a new “Spectral Selection Toolbar” (available at View > Toolbars).
- Transcription Toolbar (Play-at-speed) can now loop play and cut-preview.
- Timer Record now saves recordings automatically into an existing project.
- New Armenian translation.
In this article I will show you how to install Audacity 2.1.0 on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.
Because it will be available via PPA soon, installing Audacity 2.1.0 on Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the audacity package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install audacity
Optional, to remove audacity, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove audacity