Audacity Portable 1.2.4b Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on September 13, 2006 - 2:49pm

Audacity logoAnother new portable app -- Audacity Portable -- has been added to the lineup and released as a multilingual package. Audacity is an easy-to-use audio editor and recorder that's great for everything from podcasting to cleaning up the audio of your band's demo. Audacity Portable is Audacity packaged as a portable app, so you can take your audio files along with everything you need to work with them on the go. This new release has many of the features of the other portable apps, including: the ability to run from a CD, in-place upgrades, partial WINE support and more. Read on for all the details...


Audacity has lots of great features, including the ability to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • And more! See the complete list of features.

Audacity Portable makes it possible to use it from your portable device and adds in:

  • Live CD Support - Audacity Portable supports running from a CD or other read-only media right out of the box, making it even easier to carry with you and use on other systems. Full details are in the support topic on Running from a CD.
  • In-Place Upgrades - Audacity Portable supports the ability to an "in-place upgrade". This means that you can extract it right over an existing installation of Audacity Portable without losing any of your settings and it'll Just Work.
  • Partial WINE Support - The Audacity Portable Launcher is compatible with WINE running under Linux/UNIX even though Audacity itself does not yet fully function within WINE. You can use it to open and convert audio files, but it will probably not play or record.

Grab a Copy

The new release of Audacity Portable is available for immediate download from the Audacity Portable homepage.

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I am so happy! Smile I used the beta test version and it worked, but still, this is just awesome. Now I can edit sounds on the go! Smile

I'm just going to stick with 1.2.3 for now. I've had it for a while now, but once 1.2.4 is out of beta I think I'll start using Portable Audacity.

John T. Haller's picture

That's just the version number of Audacity itself (so the same for the portable one). If it was a beta, I'd have the word Beta there. Sometimes a b is just a b. Smile

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Wow. as an audio person (a producer), I'm totally amazed. This would have been the last program I thought I would see on this list. Thanks so much.

Hraefn's picture

What MagiNinjA said. I never expected Audacity to make a showing here at PA, but this is definitely a nice surprise! Many of the apps listed here have already become my main program of choice (even on my home PC), and now with Audacity as a portable app...

Christmas seems to have come early this year. =^^=

strider_mt2k's picture

I brought this to the attention of a buddy with a recording studio, and in the midst of all that shiny equipment we were putting together tracks on my low-end Dell notebook!

I have to agree with Hraefn. I also have made many portable apps my main apps.

This site is great!

AudioCity is great but it would be really cool if there was a fully portable free software music synthasizing suite. Smile

Oh come on, be serious, who writes music as a text file? Ordinary people who aren't total geeks like us don't have the time for that kind of junk.

On the other hand ... what exactly does this kareoke thing mean? You mean like, I can specify the notes and their rythum *AND* attach words to them, and then get a synthasized voice to sing them back ? That'd be cool - even the proprietary software I'm using now can't do that very well.

But anyway, no I'm thinking of an actual free software alternative to FruityLoops and/or CakeWalk.

seems great. but seems too i don't know how to use it xD

John T. Haller's picture

It stores the cache locally and may leave bits. It stores registry keys on the local PC. And it asks to take over the AUP file type on each launch.

The portable version manages your cache (stores it locally and cleans it up), backs up and restores registry keys so it doesn't impact a locally installed Audacity and keeps your settings between sessions and doesn't try to take the AUP file type. In the next release, the LAME mp3 dll will be portable as well (with the launcher automatically telling Audacity where it is on each launch).

Plus, the portable version is also smaller.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!