Audacity 2.2.0

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Audacity 2.2.0

Post by Edward1 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:25 pm

I'm using 8.1 on a Dell laptop Inspiron with a terabyte of storage and 16 gigs of RAM. My question has to do with speed. THe improvements and themes are great but I prefer the original color scheme simply because that's the theme I am most familiar with as I began to increase my facility with the program. The new version seems very slow in executing commands. Most of my storage is unused, and I usually don't have a ot of stuff running which would slow down my computer. I''m NOT all that technically savvy about sophisticated sound production and recording, working mainly in audiobook production.

As I was trying to ferret out all the new stuff and the cool interface, I accidentally activated the field shown in my example and I haven't found a way to get rid of it. I don't know the importance of what it's trying to tell me or the two choices it presents. Please help me!
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How to reclaim this screen real estate. This field occupies my track field and obstructs views. I cannot budge it off the screen.
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Re: Audacity 2.2.0

Post by steve » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:42 am

The "Low and High Frequencies" thing, is called "Spectral Selection Toolbar". It is only relevant when using one or more of the three "Spectral" effects.
To turn it off:
"View (menu) > Toolbars"
and either un-select the "Spectral Selection Toolbar" option, or click on "Reset Preferences" (both are in the same menu: ... lbars.html)

To change to the old style "Classic" theme:
"Edit menu > Preferences > Interface"
and select "Classic" as the theme ( ... ences.html)
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Re: Audacity 2.2.0

Post by Trebor » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:51 am

Edward1 wrote:... I prefer the original color scheme...
This is closer to the original colour-scheme ... ... 55#p337455

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Re: Audacity 2.2.0

Post by Edward1 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:37 am

Thanks, Steve...I'm still having to learn Audacity on the fly while working with it at the same time.

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