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Audacity 3.2 Released With VST3 Plugins and Apple Silicon Support

Audacity's new update brings in some important features like VST3 plugins support, and a new effects button.

Audacity 3.2 is here, a point update to one of the most popular free and open-source audio editing/recording tools.

This release comes in after more than a year of the previous major release, Audacity 3.0.

It is still one of the best audio editors for Linux available right now, even after its controversy last year.

This release has a lot of new additions, such as support for VST3 plugins, support for Apple Silicon, FFMPEG 5.0, and more.

Let's take a quick look at what's new with Audacity.

Audacity 3.2: What's New?

It is a point update that brings in significant changes and additions.

Some of the key highlights include:

  • Support for VST3 plugins.
  • Apple Silicon support.
  • FFMPEG 5.0.
  • Realtime capability for VST3, LV2, Audio Units, and LADSPA.
  • Dedicated Button for Realtime Effects.
  • Removal of JACK requirements for Linux systems.
  • Various tweaks to the user interface.

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New Effects Button

audacity 3.2 effects button

A dedicated real-time effects button has been added to the interface of Audacity to make it simple for users to download and apply effects on the fly.

You can learn more about this feature by heading to the official wiki.

VST3 Plugins Support

Audacity 3.2 also brings in support for VST3 plugins, this enables users to take advantage of the advanced audio handling features of VST3, which include efficient usage of CPU, better handling of MIDI, support for MIDI I/O, and more.

Upload Audio To The Cloud

audacity 3.2 share audio button

Another exciting feature that has been added to Audacity is the option to share audio directly from the application to Audacity's new cloud audio platform


Audacity now also supports FFMPEG 5.0; this ensures that users can take advantage of an up-to-date open-source suite of audio/video libraries.

Apple Silicon Support

This release also brings in macOS support for Apple Silicon based on the arm64 architecture.

Download Audacity 3.2

You can download the latest Audacity release through its official website, the GitHub Releases section, Flathub, or Snap.

💬 Will you be trying out Audacity 3.2? I think VST3 Plugins support should be a game changer, thoughts? Share it in the comments section below!

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