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Packt Publishing releases Getting started with Audacity 1.3

Packt Publishing Getting Started with Audacity 1.3

Packt Publishing has released Getting started with Audacity 1.3 by Bethany Hiitola, a book on how to create your own podcasts, edit music, and more with this open source audio editor.

Using the Audacity software as the starting off point, we discuss what the software is, what it can do, how you can use it, and where you go to get started installing it. All of this information is grounded in some basic audio editing terminology and background for those that aren’t so technology inclined.

Then we’ll start digging into a sample project! You’ll learn about how to set up a project, create a voice track, record an interview with Skype, and basic audio editing techniques. All of this done in an easy to follow, task based approach with lots of examples. Here, we plan to go a step further, we teach how to wrap all of these steps together and create a podcast that can be posted on your own website or blog.

There’s always more you can do with Audacity! The last portion of the book is dedicated to just that – discussing more advanced editing and mixing techniques, using affects, adding music, adding additional plug-ins to the software. All still incorporating examples and easy to follow tasks you can try on your own audio projects.

Getting started with Audacity 1.3 is available to purchase for $35.99 USD.

More information: Packt Publishing / Getting started with Audacity 1.3 (Amazon)


Audacity v1.3.10 Beta released

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Cross-platform sound editor Audacity has been updated to version 1.3.10 beta.

The Audacity Team is pleased to announce the release of Audacity 1.3.10 (Beta) for Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix. This release removes a significant number of crash or freeze problems and other major bugs. It brings us very close to our goal of a new 2.0 Release.

1.3.10 is strongly recommended for users on Windows Vista and 7, rather than 1.2.6 Stable. We ask everyone to help us test 1.3.10 and let us know of any problems you find. Advanced users are encouraged to test our latest fixes as we make them by downloading our Nightly Builds. We hope a final 1.3.11 Beta will follow soon.

Changes in Audacity v1.3.10

  • Imports/Exports bug fixes:
    • Freeze importing audio files in Pitch (EAC) view
    • Corrupted WAV or AIFF imports and WMA exports
    • Metadata Editor appeared before the Export window
  • Effects bug fixes:
    • Crash/hang using Equalization; errors in Reverse and Truncate Silence
    • Nyquist: Excessive memory consumption; errors in European locales; inaccurate text box values
    • VST effects remained in menu when no longer available
  • Other bug fixes:
    • Spurious “not writable/disk full” errors when saving projects
    • Desynchronized playback/data loss when using multiple tracks
    • Crash opening Preferences when no valid devices present
    • (Windows) Audacity sometimes did not come up on top at launch
    • (Linux) Crash when undoing or redoing label edits
  • Improvements:
    • Improved copying/pasting of label-with-audio and system clipboard text
    • Contrast Tool now modeless, intuitive handling of multiple project windows, various other improvements

Audacity is available to download for Mac, Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

More information: Audacity


Audacity updated to v1.3.9

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Free, cross-platform sound editor Audacity has been updated to v1.3.9.

The Audacity Team is pleased to announce the release of Audacity 1.3.9 (Beta) for Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix. It contains many bug fixes contributed by our two Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2009 students, and brings us much closer to the goal of a new Stable 2.0 release.

Google Summer of Code 2009

As well as bug fixing, the students’ projects involved work on experimental “scripting” and “pre-record level detection” features that will appear in future Audacity versions. We congratulate both students on successful completion of their projects and thank everyone else involved in mentoring, testing and administration.

Future Beta Releases: We will have one or two more Beta releases in the very near future so as to get maximum possible feedback on code stability prior to 2.0 release. Please help us by trying the new Beta releases and letting us know of any problems you find. You can subscribe to receive news of these releases. Advanced users can also help us greatly by downloading our Nightly Builds and testing our fixes as we make them.

Bug Fixes in 1.3.9 include

  • VST effects support crashed or slowed Audacity.
  • Failure to launch on some Windows XP machines.
  • Crashes importing files via drag or Recent Files.
  • (Mac OS X) Files greater than 16-bit or 64000 Hz did not import using QuickTime filter.
  • AAC exports silenced.
  • Generating audio in existing track fitted project to window.
  • View menu items/shortcuts disabled when playing/recording.
  • Unwanted interactions between linked audio and label tracks.
  • Various other interface and effects bugs.

Audacity is available as free, open source software for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

More information: Audacity


Audacity updated to v1.3.8 Beta

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Audacity, the free, open source software for recording and editing sounds, has been updated to version 1.3.8 Beta.

Changes in Audacity v1.3.8 Beta

  • Effects and Analysis
    • VST Effects now display GUI by default.
    • Faster Equalization and Noise Removal; improved Truncate Silence and Click Track.
    • Chains applied to files now clear temporary data after processing each file.
    • Updated Nyquist implementation with support for SAL syntax and improved memory management.
    • Plot Spectrum now analyzes up to 237.8 seconds of audio, with separate windows for each project and improved display; new preferences for Spectrograms.
    • Contrast Analysis tool now modeless for easier use.
  • Interface
    • Draft Manual/Quick Help included in Windows and Mac installers.
    • New “Mixer Board” view with per-track VU meters.
    • Mute, solo, gain, pan and track height saved in projects.
    • More compact Preferences window with easier-to-use Keyboard tab and new toolbars shortcuts.
    • New Screenshot Tools and improved screen reader support.
  • Other
    • Record more than 16 channels (hardware/drivers permitting).
    • Improved support for non-mmap ALSA devices such as PulseAudio.
    • 32-bit float data over 0 dB now handled without clipping.
    • “Stop” option when importing preserves already imported data.
    • AMR NB export now supported if the optional FFmpeg library is installed.
    • Faster waveform drawing and better response in multi-track projects.
  • Bug fixes
    • Export Multiple: failed if empty label encountered; files silenced if overwriting imported WAV files without copying them in.
    • Metadata Editor hidden if it was on a now unavailable second monitor.
    • Misaligned audio after “Split New” or Noise Removal effect.
    • Incorrect label movement and paste with linked audio and label tracks.
    • Equalization, Cut Preview and Advanced Mixing Options dialogue.
    • (Linux) Mixer Toolbar should now adjust levels and select input sources properly.
    • “Audio cache” preference caused crashes – data is now only cached in memory if available RAM is above a level defined in preferences.
    • Various other crashes.

Audacity is available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix (source code).

Please be aware of Known Issues at Release (also viewable in the included README.txt).

More information: Audacity


Alesis introduces TapeLink USB

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Alesis TapeLink USB

Alesis has introduced TapeLink USB, a dual-cassette tape digital archiver.

Ever wonder what you’re going to do with all your 80s and 90s music that’s currently trapped on cassette tape? Bring your favorite tunes back to life – and make them part of your iPod playlist – with the Alesis TapeLink USB. Whether you’re a budding musician or music junkie, with TapeLink USB you can upgrade your poor sounding cassette tapes to CD quality audio. This digital-archiving cassette tape deck enables you to store irreplaceable recordings on hard disk or flash, burn them to CD or upload them to an iPod.

TapeLink USB features

  • Dual-cassette dubbing and playback deck with digital-audio output.
  • Plug-and-play USB audio interface requires no drivers.
  • 16-bit, 44.1 kHz CD-quality audio output.
  • Normal and high-speed dubbing modes save you time.
  • Dynamic noise-reduction circuitry and software assist in cleaning up aging tapes.
  • Works with metal and CrO2 tapes.
  • LED level meters provide quick visual reference.
  • Full auto-stop saves older tapes from breaking.
  • Includes software suite with BIAS SoundSoap SE, Audacity, and EZ Tape Converter.

TapeLink USB is available now from musical instrument and pro audio retailers at an estimated street price of
$199.99 USD.

Visit Alesis for more information.


Audacity updated to v1.3.6 (Beta)

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Multi-platform audio editor and recorder Audacity has been updated to version 1.3.6 beta.

Changes in Audacity 1.3.6

  • Major new capabilities
    • FFmpeg support (downloadable separately) permits import and export of a much wider range of file formats, including WMA, M4A and AC3, plus import of audio from video files.
    • On-demand loading of uncompressed files eliminates the wait before files can be played or edited.
    • Linked audio and label tracks allow labels to move withtheir corresponding audio when cutting, pasting or changingspeed or tempo.
  • Other features
    • Hierarchical plug-in grouping for built-in plug-ins.
    • Sound activated recording.
    • Ability to save smaller, compressed project files.
    • MIDI files can now be imported, cut-and-paste edited, then exported.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Transport menu for easy access to frequently used recording/playback commands and preferences.
    • Default View Mode Preference to choose Waveform, Spectrum or Pitch view.
    • Several bug fixes.

Audacity is available for Mac, Windows, Linux and other operating systems as freeware (GPL).

Visit the Audacity website for more information and a link to download the latest version.


Behringer introduces UMA25S USB/MIDI Controller

Behringer has introduced the U-Control UMA25S, a super-slim controller keyboard with a fully fledged USB audio interface.

Behringer UMA25S

From the product page:

This little monster has 21 assignable controllers to give you total control. We included the DAW software energyXT2 Compact BEHRINGER Edition plus a plethora of software widgets allow you to rock straight out of the box. Fun guaranteed!

U-CONTROL UMA25S features

  • Stage performer and producer keyboard featuring 25 velocity-sensitive, full-size plus half-action keys.
  • Built-in USB audio interface to connect your instruments and mixer to your computer for recording and playback.
  • Powerful multi-platform digital audio workstation software energyXT2 Compact BEHRINGER Edition included.
  • Audacity audio editor, comprehensive podcasting software and over 100 virtual instruments plus more than 50 effect plug-ins included.
  • 21 assignable controllers storable in User Presets: 8 knobs, 8 buttons (with transport-control option), 2 wheels, 1 fader and 2 pedal ports.
  • Advanced control features such as drawbar mode (control inversion), drum triggering, incremental value step and octave +/-.
  • Soft gig bag, high-quality headset and guitar strap for direct live jamming on stage included.
  • Plug and play with Mac OS X, Windows XP and Vista operating systems; additional low-latency driver included.
  • Separate MIDI output allows controlling external samplers, synths and other equipment.
  • Runs via USB bus, batteries or power adapter (not included).
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life.
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany.

The UMA25S has a US MSRP of $189.99 USD.

Visit Behringer for more information.