The first Release Candidate version of the upcoming Audacity 2.0.4 cross-platform audio editor was made available for download and testing for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.
What's new in Audacity 2.0.4 RC1? Well, this first Release Candidate introduces a brand-new "Reverb" effect based on the original "Freeverb" one, replacing the old GVerb, adds "Go to Selection Start" and "Go to Selection End" commands in the View menu, and adds an "Align End to End" command for appending existing tracks to each other.
Moreover, Audacity 2.0.4 RC1 adds support for fractional BPM to Change Tempo, support for FFT sizes up to 65536 in Plot Spectrum, as well as support for "Album Title," "Track Number," "Genre" LIST INFO and ID3 tags for WAV files.
The CTRL + ALT keyboard shortcut can now be used to smooth audio samples in the Draw Tool, the modules Preferences were replaced with a dialog that appears when Audacity is launched, enabling users to choose which modules to load.
Among the bugs squashed in this first Release Candidate version of the upcoming Audacity 2.0.4 software, we can mention an equalization crash when the XML file was corrupted, a crash when configuring effect parameters in "Preview" and "Edit Chains," correct installation of the README.txt and LICENSE.txt files in the /usr/local/share/doc/audacity/ directory, as well as other numerous interface issues.
Audacity 2.0.4 RC1 also repairs corrupted equalization curves in Graphic EQ mode, which appear after switching to/from Draw Curves or after running an effect then reopening it, shortcuts for Effects, Analyzers and Generators can now be exported via the Keyboard Preferences dialog, and Bass Boost no longer clips if the track contains 32-bit audio.
Download Audacity 2.0.4 RC1 for Linux, Audacity 2.0.4 RC1 for Windows right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.