Where is my plugins folder?

Hi! I downloaded Audacity 2.4.2 about a month ago, but only recently learned of Chris’ Dynamic Compressor. https://theaudacitytopodcast.com/chriss-dynamic-compressor-plugin-for-audacity/ Following the instructions in my Ubuntu 18.04 Distro however is proving difficult as I cannot find a plugins folder following their directions. Root has an Audacity folder, but I cannot find anything plugins related within it.
This LOOKS really straightforward. What am I missing?

Chris’ Dynamic Compressor is a “Nyquist plug-in”.
Installation instructions are here: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/installing_effect_generator_and_analyzer_plug_ins_on_linux.html#nyquist_install

Chris’ Dynamic Compressor.

This is pretty good stuff. It can be made to simulate full broadcast compression and level setting. That is, you can start with a podcast with wildly messed up volumes and make a broadcast-safe podcast that you can listen to on your run on the beach without constantly adjusting levels or blowing your ears out.

It’s pretty amazing. I make only one setting adjustment. I change the first setting, Compress Ratio from the default 0.5 to 0.77.

One caution. Chris doesn’t like running off the end of the show. It drives the look-ahead nuts. So put some work on both ends of the show before you compress it. Then cut the extras off.

That and it appears in the Effects Menu as Compress dynamics… in the bottom section. Remember after you install it, you have to Effect > Enable it.


I believe 1.2.6 is the latest and greatest plugin.

Chris reached end-of-life a while ago so I think what’s there is the whole ball game.



Long live Chris Capel! Following the manual install instructions on the Audacity team manual, I found the need to follow a different path: -/snap/audacity/current/audacity-data/Plug-Ins. Pasting the compress.ny and compress-advanced.ny seemed to do the trick. I opened Audacity, managed my Plug-Ins and saw both under New. I enabled them, and that’s it. Thanks! :slight_smile: