How to get reverb effect in Ubuntu 12:04/

I have Ubuntu 12.04 with all updates and have been using Audacity v 2.0.0 for over a year with no problems but now I want to add reverb to my recordings.
On online tutorials for the Windows latest version, 2.0.4, there is reverb and something called gverb, but I cannot see them in the effects drop down list in my version on Ubuntu.
I have been to the Ubuntu software centre and have a feeling that I cannot get updates for audacity from there. What is the easiest way to get this effect?

12.04 is old and will be replaced by 14.04 in a few days. Audacity 2.0.0 is also very old.

The current release for all platforms is 2.0.5 ( ) but to get the latest release on Linux you often need to compile it from source code. Linux distributions may update to later packaged versions of Audacity when they update their distribution version.

Reverb was not released until Audacity 2.0.4. GVerb is a plug-in in the “swh-plugins” suite. You would have to explicitly download and install the suite from or see if it is in the “Ubuntu Software Centre”.

If you want GVerb with Ubuntu 12.04, see above.

You can’t get a packaged build of Audacity 2.0.4 or 2.0.5 because your Ubuntu version is too old.

If you want Reverb, which is much better than GVerb, you have two options. Wait until the 17th April then you can get the new Ubuntu 14.04 which will have a packaged version of Audacity 2.0.5 including Reverb.

Alternatively, uninstall your package of Audacity 2.0.0 then install the “2.0.5+” Audacity version for Ubuntu 12.04 from . That build is actually the latest Audacity source code 2.0.6-alpha which is not “stable”, and you will get updates for it most days unless you remove it from your sources list.

Probably the best is to try GVerb now, then if you don’t like it, update to Ubuntu 14.04 on the 17th and use Reverb in 2.0.5.


Thank you
I am apprehensive about updating Ubuntu to 14.04 as I did a lot of tweaks to 12.04 and hope I don’t have to do them all over again, but I suppose I must bite the bullett.

In 12.04 I have separately added :

Pulse audio volume control (to get audacity to work with my soundcard)
Skype, ( and consequently had to modify Pulse Volume Control)
Ubuntu Tweaks

Also had to modify fastab and all sorts of other stuff so that I could access rubbish bin, and store files to a shared ntfs partition

I have dual boot using grub.

Will 14.04 just sit on top of all this?

Ubuntu 12.04 will be unsupported by Canonical from the 17th April onwards.

These days, Ubuntu tend to suggest using partitions rather than the Wubi installer, and backing up data then installing the new Ubuntu version over the old, rather than using the updater to upgrade to the new version when they push it to you (which “might” preserve settings).

I assume you mean fstab. Your questions should be directed to the Ubuntu Forums, but they will probably say similar to the above.


OK. Actually I don’t remember the term “wubi” from when I installed Ubuntu. All I remember is that I made an ISO and put 12.04 on a CD, created partitions, reinstalled windows into the main partition, installed Ubuntu as per Disk Utility Screenshot. Can you tell from the screenshot whether I used wubi or partitions? That was 18 months ago and everything has worked perfectly since. Do you have anu further advice bearing in mind the above? I will go to the forums when necessary, and thanks for your help.

Wubi ( ) is the “easy” Ubuntu installer that installs Ubuntu within the Windows file system without creating a new partition. You did it the “harder” way with partitions.

If it was me, I would make a fresh installation and accept that you need to reinstall applications. As I recall, you can only use the updater to update from one Ubuntu version to the next, so you will probably have to upgrade to 13.04 then from there to 14.04 to attempt to keep your settings.