Backwards Compatability

First of all; a HUGE “Thank you” to all of the people who have devoted time and energy to Audacity. It has been a God-send for me for many years.

Having said that; here’s my question: I’m using the latest release of Audacity. I have no ability what-so-ever with coding and programming and I’m self-taught when it comes to sound editing. I find the early versions of “Equalization” and “G-Verb” to be much easier to work with.

Is there someone who can explain to me (like one would talk to a 7 year old child) if there is a way to “swap” the older “equalization” and “G-verb” into the newest version of Audacity?

Even to just add the older elements as an option?

Again; I am challenged when it comes to coding and even most computer-speak. Can someone please help?

Peace and comfort,


What are the exact three numbers from Help > About Audacity? Please see the pink panel above.

GVerb has not been developed for years. That was one reason that current Audacity no longer ships with it.

Have you looked at the Manual for how to use Reverb and Equalization ?

It ought to be much easier to get a decent reverb with Reverb than GVerb unless you already had the GVerb settings worked out.

If you still want GVerb you have to install it - it’s in group of 90 plug-ins: Run the installer and install the files to any folder you like. Open the folder, delete all the files except gverb_1216.dll then copy gverb_1216.dll into C:Program FilesAudacityPlug-Ins (that’s C:Program Files (x86)AudacityPlug-Ins if you have a 64-bit computer). Then restart Audacity.

You may find Equalization easier if you click the button in it that says Graphic EQ then you can play with the sliders to change the EQ. You cannot put previous EQ versions into current Audacity.

If you only want something simple you can try Effect > Bass and Treble instead: .


Thank you for the reply, Gale.

I’m using the 2.0.5 version.

As I said in my OP; I am not very computer nor “sound engineer” literate. I’ve read the tutorials but they’re written for people with a lot more technical knowledge than I have (I’m a musician that knows what he likes to hear).

With the G-Verb, specifically; I liked the 300m room sound and I was very comfortable with our to get the particular reverb sounds that I liked.

With the equalization, I’ve played around and played around but I can’t seem to duplicate that “acoustic” sound. It’s a good starting point from which to proceed.

I appreciate the info about installing the G-Verb and I guess I will have to learn how to play with the sound waves (though I’m not holding my breath).

Thank you, again.

Peace and comfort,


I guess it’s all moot, now. I just got a new computer (Windows 8) and Audacity no longer reads my amplifier as a microphone. I can’t use the software, anymore for what I was doing.

Thank you for your help, anyway.

Peace and comfort,


Actually, we expend great effort to make the Manual as easy as it can be.

Unfortunately the developers will not accept using a lot of words for a button or slider that has a known audio engineering term. This is understandable because using a lot of words would upset users who understand the terms. The terms are explained in the text of the Manual.

If you like 300 m² Roomsize in GVerb then I suggest you try 90% Room Size in Reverb.


Please explain exactly what you are trying to do then we can try to help you. Are you trying to record a song that is playing on the computer?