Audacity has been released as a new version of 2.0.2. This version is the upgrade from its previous versions of 1.x and 2.x. The new version has all the features of its predecessors and some new features are added to it. This new audio editing software is release on most of the platforms used at studios, offices and homes, like Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, etc. The software is easily available for download and is available for free. Along with the download, users can also download plug-ins for free from the website as well.
Audacity can perform better if you download the missing plug-ins and libraries for the software. While working with the software, you will find that you might need some additional extensions to add some certain effects. This is done by downloading them, which are readily integrated with Audacity. Furthermore, if you want to try different audio formats, you need libraries for that, which are also available for downloads. These libraries allow the user not only to export, but import other audio formats as well, as it is seen that users find it hard to import raw files or files of unfamiliar formats.
How to Install the Plug-Ins
Once downloaded, you have to install the plug-ins. The installation is not carried out using a direct setup. Rather you have to find the Audacity folder and place the downloaded content into the Audacity folder. The users of different operating system would know where the programs and application such as these are located. Once you place the plug-ins within the folder, all you need to do is to restart the software if it is already running. The software is designed to recognize the add-ons present in the installation folder and get it ready for use. The plug-in, depending on their uses in audio editing will come under certain tabs, such as Generate or Effect.
Add-Ons Supported by Audacity
There is different plug-ins available with the software, but there are a few certain types that you might require for certain effect, also depending on the type of operating system you are using. Some plug-ins, are discussed below with their functions and requirements.
• LAPSDA plug-ins is readily supported by Audacity and is usually built for Linux computers. Some LAPSDA plug-ins is also available to use with other operating systems, for example one can get the over 90 LAPSDA plug-ins for Windows based PCs. Other than that, there is some LAPSDA plug-ins that is pre-included in Audacity for the users.
• Audacity provides a better support for Nyquits plug-ins than LAPSDA. One can use Nyquist effects on all of the operating systems. Additional plug-ins depending on the requirement can be downloaded for Audacity, and more advanced users can make their own plug-ins with Nyquist Programming language.
• VST Plug-ins is added in Audacity especially for Windows and Mac users. There is no need to enable the VST effect; the user can simply rescan for the plug-ins. The plug-ins can be downloaded from websites such as Hitsquad, Open Directory, etc.
Libraries for MPE3 and FFmpeg are also available with Audacity for importing and exporting audio files in the stated format. They are also simple to install as the plug-ins are easily available for downloads for free.