I’ve been having this issue while editing large podcast files. So, the compression, amplification, EQ and normalization take over a couple of minutes to be done when I apply them on big files (~1 hour). On top of that, the worst thing is, when I save my project, it takes almost up to an hour to do so. That really destroys my workflow. My PC specs are pretty OK, I have an i5 and 8GB of RAM, as well as a pretty high end 8GB GPU. What is the issue? Will all of that be resolved if I get a better computer with like an i7 and 16GB of RAM or is it just Audacity that’s kinda slow? Thanks
For me those effects on a one-hour project take 10-14 seconds - but I do have a modern hi-spec HP Envy laptop with a 256 SSD (8GB RAM i7-7500 CPU 2.7-2-9 HHz)
You can speed up project saving by saving an empty project right at the outset and making periodic saves.
If you don’t do that the temp files are used and then when you save Audacity has to copy from temp to your desired location.