More info … downloaded 2.2.1, the selection mechanism seems better; will investigate more.
The Equalization effect still has bug; have determined that brickwalling the cut off is the issue. IOW, in the Draw mode, dragging one point to as as close as possible to another, say underneath, causes the latter’s position to be lost - this wasn’t an issue in 2.1.
Okay, the bug has been around, but what triggers it has altered. Prior to 2.2 I’ve never seen the control points disappear adjusting for sharp cutoff in Draw mode - the equalisation always works as requested in the first instance, but the memory of the setting is lost as soon as the window is closed.
Getting back to the selection peculiarities, there definitely seems to be changes here: I quite often pad the beginning of a track with a tiny silence, for alignment purposes, and this is not behaving in an intuitive manner, as before. Specifically, if I add samples at the very beginning, I have a split, and I can’t join the boundaries - this is workaround territory, which I never had to worry about before.
Another selection issue, in 2.2.1. Multiple tracks, made the Selection Toolbar floating; altered the Project Rate in that toolbar, then attempted to focus on another track than the selected one, interface didn’t respond. Reversed the change of Project Rate, and that allowed track selection to work again.
Hmmmm — now looking particularly bad - a project was left overnight, with quite a few tracks, and work done. Tried undoing a couple of steps next day, and redoing - all tracks visually flatlined. At least one had real data still, it played, and applying a negative gain it reappeared - but a couple of others brought up a disturbing message, “Audacity failed to read a file in :.” … the program has lost track of the temporary files, it appears.
I’ve never had this level of reliability problem before, in Audacity.
Just to confirm, 2.2.1 corrupted both the project files of the working version and the earlier backup version. Error messages on reloading said there were problems with .au files, and silences would be inserted - but the tracks were all silenced. Luckily, I knew what had been done, so not a major issue regenerating the work - but, worrying …
I can think of nothing unusual that had been done to initiate this corruption - I think I’ll have to go back to 2.1 until 2.2 settles down a bit more …