EQ in Audacity 2.0.5

Windows 7 Professional

When I adjust the EQ in one track, that appears to be applied to all tracks. Is there a way to have different EQ settings for different tracks?

Both Windows 7 and Audacity 2.0.5 are obsolete.
The current version of Audacity is 2.4.2 which is available via the Audacity website: Audacity ® | Download for Windows

How are you doing that?

For a variety of reasons my IT tech advises against upgrading from 7 with my specific system and other software in use. Will 2.4.2 run in Windows 7? If I were to install it, does 2.0.5 need to be uninstalled or does 2.4.2 simply upgrade the core?

Would 2.4.2 resolve my issue of needing different EQ settings on different tracks?

Audacity 2.4.2 is believed to run on Windows 7, though we don’t test on obsolete operating systems.
To upgrade from Audacity 2.0.5 to 2.4.2, just run the installer and install the new version over the top of your current version. During the installation, look out for the option to “Reset Preferences” and enable that option (that will help to avoid conflicts with old settings).

Both Audacity 2.0.5 and 2.4.2 only apply effects to the audio selection. If you select one track and apply an effect, it will be applied to that one track.
See here about “selecting” audio: Selecting Audio - Audacity Manual

Thanks for the information; I’ll upgrade to 2.4.2.

“If you select one track and apply an effect, it will be applied to that one track.”

When I am working with tracks, I do highlight that one track and set the EQ for that track. When I go to another track and set the EQ for that track, the EQ settings shown for the first track are the ones I set for the second track, not the first track. Are those the actual EQ settings or is Audacity being “helpful” by showing me the last setting I used on any track? I tend to adjust the various settings repeatedly as I seek to balance the tracks to an end product and knowing the existing settings for each track is what I need to see.

Most effects in Audacity (including EQ) will open with the “last used” settings.

“If you select one track and apply an effect, it will be applied to that one track.”

How can I see the actual settings for each track?

Tracks don’t have EQ settings. When you apply an effect in Audacity it is applied immediately to the audio in that track and modifies the audio. With many of the effects you can actually see the waveform change.

Thanks … still, it would be nice to be able to see the last setting(s) for an effect that was applied so that I know from where I’m starting when I make adjustments to the effect.

One item to know. The New and Exciting Audacity has a SELECT button to the left of the blue waves, but earlier versions didn’t have that. You had to know that the little area to the right of the up arrow is the “track select landing zone.” Click that.

Sometimes selecting a track using other methods fails, but this always works.


When you next open an effect Audacity should recall the settings that were in place when you last used it.