0019: Excellent News About Audacity And Catalina

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Hey there, hero!

UPDATE: The 2.4.0 update has been temporarily withdrawn pending the fixing of what Audacity’s team calls a “serious bug:”

It’s almost like a day we never thought would come. But it did.

The new version of Audacity is out, version 2.4.0, and it finally works with macOS Catalina – just in time for us to teach the Home Study edition of the ACX Master Class.

I thought you might like to see the evidence for yourself, so I demo it in the video version of the podcast, and show you how to set it up for use with my Stair Step Method.

I’ll be playing with it a lot, and keeping you up to date over the next few weeks. And I’d love to know your thoughts, should you take the plunge.

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  1. I’m hesitant to finally upgrade to Catalina, but I feel confidence in your links and guidance here, to now take the plunge to have Audacity work properly. Thank you so much!

  2. Hi.
    I was about to download it but there’s a warning saying that “Latest Version: 2.3.3
    We’re currently looking into a serious bug with 2.4.0 and have paused release of it.
    To find out what’s coming in 2.4.0, visit the New Features section of the Manual.”

  3. Aww. Thanks for the update. I played around with Audacity 13-14 years ago when my teenager was a toddler.

    I’ll grab the new version and see if I can install on my laptop ( it’s not a Mac though.) ??‍♀️ I’m sure it’s been upgraded a lot in a decade. ?
    But thanks, as always, for helping us stay safe out there.

  4. Cool! Unfortunately, version 2.2 is the only one that is “stable” on my iMac 27″. I have seen other people with the same issue as I have, but selecting a range has a short lag in all versions since 2.2. I found some people reporting the same thing, but audacity says they are unable to reproduce it. Unfortunately, I am experiencing it on both of my macs (desktop and laptop). :/

    Levelator is still not supported though if you upgrade to catalina, correct? Are you recommending auphonic? I thought I saw a thread somewhere but can’t find. it. Thanks David!

  5. Fuuuuuuuuudge. I spent all morning upgrading my freaking computer to Catalina…..only to find out that they’ve halted the Audacity upgrade. Now, I have to go BACK…..again…..to Sierra. Waaaaaaaaa

  6. I’m not getting any love for my mic being recognized within Audacity. 🙁 I have uninstalled and reinstalled and I’m kind of at a standstill. Any thoughts?

    1. Note: the Audacity version that I am working on now, has been reinstalled back to 2.3.3 (vs. the updated, 2.4.0 version that was launched earlier) – I had done a full uninstall and reinstall of Audacity since it didn’t see my mic once I upgraded my OS to Catalina 10.15.4. I also have 3 auditions needed ASAP so I found a work around out of necessity – but PLEASE, PLEASE – proceed with extreme caution if you search for a solution on the internet for any kind of workaround. I am using Terminal with my Mac as a temp solution, but everyone should consider their own comfort level before proceeding with a workaround of any type. I’m not a technologist like David but know my way around computers a little bit thanks to Compute magazine in the 1980s and my Commodore 64.🤓

  7. YAY! Finally upgraded, and downloaded Catalina, Audacity and the NEW Levelator! And the keyboard setting are the cat’s meow. Thanks.

  8. I’m a letters nerd. ? I’m curious… why did you choose the letter W to resume recording? I am guessing you chose Q because it stands for quit?

    1. Think about what keys are conveniently located on the left side of the keyboard, next to each other, where you could comfortably rest the middle and index finger of your left hand, waiting patiently for you to make a mistake. Command-Q standing for Quit… had nothing to do with it.