Plug-in help

I’m using Windows 7 with Audacity 2.0. I’m trying to make a mashup, but from what I’ve read so far I need plug-ins to accomplish this. I downloaded the LADSPA pack and put it into the ‘plug-ins’ folder, but it didn’t give me the invert effect I need to make an acapella, or really all of the effects in that menu. Where do I download this? I tried to download version 2.1 and read through the Wiki/FAQ but that didn’t help either. I apologize if this has already been answered somewhere, or if this is in the wrong forum.

We don’t make “2.0” or “2.1”.

I recommend you obtain the Audacity 2.1.0 from here then you will know you have a legitimate version of Audacity: Audacity ® | Free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing..

If you see the Register Effects dialogue when you launch 2.1.0, put a tick mark (checkmark) in the LADSPA effects you want. If you don’t see the dialogue, open Effects Preferences and enable the option to rescan plugins then click OK and restart Audacity.

The LADSPA effects will be in the bottom part of the menu.

If you want to remove vocals, use Effect > Vocal Remover… which already comes with Audacity.


I installed the 2.1.0 version from that site. All plug-ins are enabled, and I even tried to rescan; they were all selected. But they still don’t show up. I can only use the ones available in the Tracks and Transport menus.

There are no effects in the Tracks and Transport Menus.

All you should need to do is put the DLL files for the LADSPA effects in the Audacity Plug-Ins folder.

Make sure you are using Audacity download latest version. If you have obtained a 64-bit port of the LADSPA effects Audacity won’t load them because it is a 32-bit application.


I think I have that problem solved now, thank you.

And if I may ask an off-topic question: The past few times since I’ve opened the program, it’s given me an error message that says: ‘project check of [file_name] folder found two orphan block file(s). These files are unused by this project,…’ The first time I chose to delete them since the message goes on to say ‘they are no harm and are small’, but they harmed the file I was working with since it merged all the tracks into one high-pitched mush. What happened?

An “orphan block file” is an AU file in the project’s _data folder that is not listed in the project’s AUP file. The AUP file describes how to put together the AU files that the project needs in the correct order.

So you should be able to delete orphan files safely, but there is a very rare bug that may mean an orphan file could belong to another project you have, and so it’s safest not to delete any orphans.

Deleting two orphans should not of itself have done what you write, but if you have effects in Transport and Tracks you have a bogus version of Audacity. I suggest you uninstall that version and obtain 2.1.0 from Audacity ® | Download for Windows.

Please start a new topic if you have any more questions or problems.