Audacity data is too heavy. Do you know how to get around it?

Audacity data is too heavy. Do you know how to get around it?
I have been doing a lot of research because the data has become very heavy since Audacity 3.0.0.

The data size doubles because of smart clips implemented since Audacity 3.1.0. (9 minutes results in an 11.5 GB project file).

I was wondering if Audacity 3.0.5 would be lighter,
As of this version, any data increases by 4MB each time it’s clipped.
Data insertions continue to remain in the internal capacity that does not disappear by 1.5 times that data

Saving to another project file will reduce it to the original internal capacity, though.
Wave data without dithering is degraded by 3-5%,
wave data with all copied and pasted to the new project is 5-8% degraded. (Both sound more subdued).

Audacity 2.4.0 does not store internal space garbage, and if you erase it, it will disappear as much as you erase it.
But if you accidentally move a project file, you can no longer re-open the data.

I suspect this is true for all versions, but is there a workaround?

I’m still using Audacity 2.4.2.

The first thing that I do when starting a new project is to create an empty folder to save the project into. Then I launch Audacity and save the (still empty) project into the new folder. I put everything that relates to that project into the same folder (including production notes, files used within the project, and anything else related to the project).

This makes handling Audacity 2 (.AUP) projects easier and safer to handle. If I need to move the project, I move the entire self-contained folder.

(I also make a series of backups within the same folder, with chronological ordering: “my_project_001”, “my_project_002”, “my_project_003”, … so that I’ve always got a fairly recent backup in case everything goes pear shaped).


I knew you still use Audacity 2.4.2… I think I’ll go to 2.4.2 too…

Thanks for the details, that’s very helpful.
I’ll leave the thread open for now, so I’d be happy to hear from anyone who is still using Audacity 3.0.0 or later.

Have a great day steve!

So there are four (4) easy steps to clean up a 3.x project:

  1. Ctrl+A (Select All)
  2. Ctrl+C (Copy)
  3. Ctrl+N (New Project)
  4. Ctrl+V (Paste - but do NOT paste smart clips when requested)

Don’t forget to save your new, lighter, project.

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