Can I use the built in Audacity effects (compressor, limiter, etc.) non destructively?

Hello all. I have found my groove with editing some of VOs just using the built in Audacity features, such as the Filter Curve EQ, Compressor and Limiter. I am still learning about non destructive editing. I know if I go to effects I see some options but not the built in options. Are effects just limited to third party options and only Audacity Base/Treble, Distortion, Phaser, Reverb, and Wahwah?

Sorry for the dumb questions!

Audacity is a cool tool for editing voice recordings, and you’re already using some great features. Non-destructive editing means you can try out effects without changing the original file. It’s like trying on clothes before you buy them.

You can find more effects in Audacity, not just the ones you listed. They’re all part of the program, ready for you to use. And yes, you can add new effects from other people too, like adding apps to your phone.

No question is a silly one—we all start somewhere! Keep playing with Audacity, and you’ll keep getting better. Have fun making your recordings sound awesome! :smile:

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We’re in the process of porting more effects to work non-destructively. Limiter and Compressor will make it into 3.6, which might release next week!

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In the meantime you could use free realltime plugins,
e.g. ToneBoosters broadcast is a multiband compressor & limiter.

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