Audacity Crashes when Using Effects

I am teaching a music technology class, and many of my students have been unable to apply effects, especially “Generate Silence,” to their project, because the program freezes every time they try. It doesn’t happen with every student so I’m not sure why it would happen on some computers and not others? I’ve had students switch to other computers with no success.

We are using Windows 10 Pro, and Audacity version 2.1.0. The program was not installed by me, so I don’t know for certain whether we obtained the .exe or the zip.

We are about to go on Spring break, but I would love to have a solution for my students when they get back.

Questions that start “I have a class…” prompt us to ask about the configuration of the machines. Audacity doesn’t do well with network computers or computers with Network Connected Drives. Is that what you have? Central drives? Are you trying to run a central Audacity to many people?

I think I can sense the red elves becoming uncomfortable with trying to run Audacity 2.1.0 on Windows 10. Get Windows/Audacity 2.1.2 from here.


Audacity has been loaded on each computer individually–they should not be accessing it via any network. And I’ll see about getting the newer version. Thanks!

If it’s an institutional nightmare, you might wait. In 3…2…1… they will be pushing out Audacity 2.1.3.