Best Audacity Version for Mac High Sierra 10.13.6?

Just uninstalled Catalina and reverted to High Sierra version 10.13.6. Had been running Audacity version 2.3.2. Would like to know whether to upgrade to latest Audacity version or stick with 2.3.2? I am using a condenser mic with a capture card interface. Thank you!

Hi. I’m not a mod, just jumping in with my two cents. I’m on a considerably older macOS than yours (10.11.6), upgraded from 2.3.3 to 2.4.2 last week and it’s working great for my simple purposes (recording/editing vo takes from xlr condenser & bus-powered interface). So if you’re wondering if 2.4.2 is stable and will work on High Sierra, I’m pretty sure the answer’s yes.

You’d encounter a few differences from 2.3.2 (e.g. EQ split into two different effects - Filter Curve and Graphic EQ - in 2.3.3). If you have any custom EQ draw curves you want to keep, maybe check to see whether they migrate from EQ to Filter Curve automatically before updating (I don’t know).

They don’t migrate automatically, but if you export the curves as an XML file before updating, then there is a conversion tool available in Audacity 2.4.2 to convert the XML into the new (.txt) format. See:

reverted to High Sierra version 10.13.6.


As far as I know, there is no graceful, convenient path to do that. Did you follow a published process? Do you still have the link?


Did you follow a published process?

If you know where to look, I think Apple still publishes earlier OS’s. That’s Google and strong coffee, but you’re stuck with the juggling act of getting rid of Catalina and installing the new OS while you’re running…what? That’s the tricky part. Boot from a USB drive? I have no doubt I could do that if I looked hard enough. I had to do tricky drive management a while ago and one of the variations warned me that booting from this drive variant is not possible. That suggests strongly that booting from the others is.

This may actually be a Linux issue.

I’m close to 100% sure you can’t get there with a simple Time Machine step-back. The two systems are way too different.