Double effects listed in menu?

Using win 7 with latest version of Audacity. Used to be running it on XP but remember having this same problem before? Can’t remember how I solved it and nothing came up in a search for it. I checked the directory for dups but none found in the plug-in folder. Also, none in the plug-in manager either. All the dups however are the ones stored in the plug-in folder, not the built-in ones.

Another clue I just discovered is that there are 3 separate plug-in managers! One each for the generate, effects, and analyze menus? If I enable an effect in one manager, I find that the others still show it off. Hope this helps.

Thanks for any help.

I get that. I intentionally have two different versions of Audacity on my machine. 2.1.0 and 2.1.2. Notice there are a different number of dots after each duplication. That’s how you select between them.

That’s also why it makes you pick from the file structure. That one’s easier to tell which one’s newer.

I think Audacity 2.1.2 allows you to manage the effects, generators, etc. You can probably solve this with those tools.

It’s also possible you installed Audacity 2.1.2 over an older version and didn’t check reset all preferences and settings mid-way through the installation process. You can install it again and check that box. That may clear it.


Thanks for that! I did have an old version installed so deleted them both, did a single, new, fresh install with reset and all’s well in the digital world again!

Don’t know what I’ll do when I run into an old version file to work on but that’s another story.

Oh, since I did a reset and deleted all my saved effects presets, how can I restore them? Maybe copy some conf. files from backups?

Thanks again!

I make copies of all the .ny effects and filters files I install and put them in a separate backup folder outside of the Audacity program or applications folders. If you have access to a backup of an earlier Audacity, you can copy out add-on files from the Audacity plugins folder.


Don’t know what I’ll do when I run into an old version file to work on but that’s another story.

Typically, Audacity will open earlier Projects. If you have critical content, it’s not a bad idea to Export as WAV (Microsoft) as well.


The duplicate plugins in the menus occur when you run Audacity (same or different version) from two different locations.

“Reset Preferences” in the Audacity installer for Windows does not remove the duplicate plugins.

While you “can” open Add / Remove Plugins and disable each duplicate, the simplest solution is to delete (on Windows) Users<your user name>\AppData\Roaming\Audacity\pluginregistry.cfg. This does not discard your effect settings and presets. Those are in Users<your user name>\AppData\Roaming\Audacity\pluginsettings.cfg.

If your only plugins are the ones shipped with Audacity, there is nothing else you need to do after deleting pluginregistry.cfg. You will be back with one set of those shipped plugins in the Generate, Effect and Analyze menus.


Ah, good to know - thanks all!