I have been an Audacity user for a number of years and process the podcasts of all of my lectures using the software. That would be, to date, over a thousand lectures, most between 45 minutes and two hours in length. My workflow is consistent in Audacity. Unfortunately, I just installed the new release, Audacity 2.1.2, and a problem I have never encountered is preventing me from completing the export. Before this release, export in MP3 format took between two and four minutes to complete. Yesterday, with the new Audacity release, the export was going so slowly that I had to stop it after a couple of hours. Everything about my workflow was identical to what it had been for years; yet, the export progress bar was barely moving.
My operating platform is Windows 8, deployed on a high-end computer with 24 Gb of memory and ample room on two hard drives, one an SSD, the other a one Tb 5400 rpm. The files I bring into Audacity for processing are MP3 format and average around 50 Mb in size, and the associated exported files are MP3 format at about the same size.
Prior to initiating export, the software was behaving exactly as it had in prior releases. I do notice that there are selections in the export window I had never seen before, and I attempted several different bit rates (other than my usual 128 kbps), but nothing improved the export speed.
I am now behind in uploading podcasts, and the situation will worsen every class day. Does anyone have a suggestion concerning what’s going wrong? I am grateful for any help provided with this matter.