- Much faster MP3 export
- Variable speed playback slider keeps you from mucking about in the effects menu just to play something back a bit slower
- Playhead indicator goes across all tracks when using the time shift tool, making it much easier to synch tracks to each other
- Includes a sliding time/pitch shift tool - I'm very excited about this one!
- I'm also excited about the new vocoder tool, but I have not yet had the chance to mess with it
- New vocal remover tool
- More tone generators
- And best of all, NO CRASHES YET!
- The reverb option is gone - perhaps it's been integrated with the echo effect
- The project menu is gone and I suspect it's been split up between the new tracks menu and some of the other menu options, making it difficult to navigate at first
- The ID3 tagging was also tough to find - in this version it's called metadata, which I guess is an appropriate name anyway; I liked the interface though, once I found it
This release includes a DTMF generator, for which I cannot imagine a proper use. If someone has any idea, please fill me in. If you don't know what DTMF is, it stands for Dual Tone Multi Frequency... Basically it's the sounds a touch tone phone makes when you press the buttons. The new generator in Audacity allows you to input a string combination and it will insert that string in DTMF format into your project at the indicated point. What for? I don't know. Please help.
So that's my initial impression. If I discover any other new gems (or headaches) in dealing with this software, I'll be sure to post them right here. Any way you look at it, this version is a major improvement on an already superior piece of programming. As I mentioned before, you can't beat free, unless it's free and of a superlative quality; Audacity is both. Thanks, Sourceforge.