Hi! I’ve had some problems with Audacity over the past several months, running 2.0.5 (from the zip) on OS 10.9.3; many/most third-party plug-ins crash, or don’t work at all (including the Apple AU’s). But one particularly troublesome issue is a gradual change in pitch during playback, out of nowhere. It is just the, most… weirdest? Sure, the most weirdest.
It sounds like running a tape reel or turntable, and pressing very gently to gradually slow it down, maybe just holding it there, or very slowly releasing, progressively resolving the track’s apparent pitch. The net change is minimal, in either direction.
I equate it to slowing down an analog source, but I honestly can’t tell if it’s also affecting tempo; the one automatic thought I have any time this happens is "help me my ears are slowing down " so I assume I’m detecting a full rate change, tempo and pitch.
This is nothing intentional or effect-related, and it doesn’t repeat from one play to the next, so it’s both insane and irregular.
I’m certainly not as tech- or sound-savvy as I hope I am, but I wouldn’t expect this to be happening in digital audio, with 16GB of RAM and a decent processor. Can anyone confirm that Audacity might play out this way, and- if so- have suggestions for more faithful playback? Thanks!