Saving an Audacity Project produces extremely large files and it’s going to eat up all my storage space. I recently upgraded to 3.1.1 from a couple of previous versions and support said upgrading to the newest version would fix it. It didn’t.
support said upgrading to the newest version would fix it.
The only support I know of is here on the forum. I went back in the archives and I didn’t see a complaint in your name. Can you find it? If you can’t, we’re going to make you do a sample demo all over again.
You understand that the new AUP3 files are a combination of the legacy AUP file and _DATA folders plus some housekeeping. They’re going to be very large. It’s a common misconception that the AUP3 file took over the job of the tiny AUP plain text file. No. It’s a database manager program and sound file storage in one.
Describe the show, its length, and how large the AUP3 file is. Or just make one up, say, an hour stereo show with Generate > Noise on both tracks. 44100 Sample rate. I get just over 643 MB AUP3 file in Audacity 3.0.5. How did you do?
If your project has a sample rate of 44100 Hz (default) a project should be expected to use a little over 20 MB per minute for one stereo track in a saved project. The project may be much bigger than that while it is open in Audacity due to the “undo” history.
Is that what you’re concerned about? When you perform some effects, Audacity doesn’t “remember” the effect and settings for UNDO, it just makes a copy of the whole show. That means if I perform just the right effects, my footprint in the computer isn’t 600MB any more, it could be just short of 2GB. That can get crazy in a hurry with a complex show and multiple tracks and effects.