Initial thoughts on Audacity 2.4.0. Love it. For me the big plus is scrubbing
via the keyboard. The ease of adjusting scrubbing speed with zoom controls
assists its versatility. Incidentally, my vague memory is that NVDA’s default
is to have characters announced but, having grown up using manual typewriters,
it is something I turn off very early.
The loudness normalisation option is fascinating. I need input from an expert
on LUFS versus RMS versus getting close to 0db, but it should be a very useful
The shifting of the audio position control makes very little difference to me
as a screen reader user. Having pressed control-f6, it is only one shift-tab
away. The fact that its display can be set separately from those in the
selection toolbar is neat. I notice that when I change its setting, it reverts
to the default when reopening Audacity. So far I have not found anything that
suggests that settings have to be saved specifically.
I had a very quick play with the Noise Gate on an inappropriate recording.
recording That needs further investigation.
From: audacity4blind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <audacity4blind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Behalf Of David Bailes
Sent: Wednesday, 6 May 2020 7:55 PM
Subject: [audacity4blind] Audacity 2.4.0 release candidate available for testing
For Windows users, there's both a portable version and an installer for the
release candidate. This is a link to the portable version:
And this is a link to the installer:
The new features in this release are given on this page of the manual:
Of interest to screen reader users include the ability to scrub using the
keyboard, and the removal of the audio position control from the selection
toolbar. The audio position control is now in a separate Time toolbar, which is
placed after the Selection Toolbar. So you just have to tab a bit more to get
to the audio position control.
For those using the current version of the Jaws script, the keystroke to read
the audio position does not work with the release candidate.
It would be good if some of you could give this release candidate some testing,