Sunday, September 4, 2016 Dark Audacity Portable, a customised version of Audacity®!
"The big reason for DarkAudacity is to make the changes I wanted to see in Audacity. Normally such changes, because they are so visible, would require agreement of the whole Audacity team." —James Crook, Lead Developer of Dark Audacity
Dark Audacity is a customised version of Audacity® powered by Audacity, the free open source sound editor.
   If you're used to Audacity you should have no difficulties finding your way around in DarkAudacity.
  • The menus have been rearranged, but the functions you need are still there.
  • Sync-Lock button has gone. Use Time-Lock from the Tracks menu instead.
  • I've swapped Record and Record-Append. Now recording adds ot the end of your track, unless you hold shift down when you click 'Record'.
  • You won't get 'stuck in pause' now. Many items that were previously forbidden in pause are now allowed, and end pause when you click them.

Size: 75.5 MB (79,200,256 bytes) Packed Size: 36.7 MB (38,543,360 bytes)
SHA-256: 4CD279B19C867A8BED8B241F1D5A94F3A0B2157F9242CF812CF26195ABC3752F Dark Audacity Portable for Windows XP  Windows XP — Legacy Release

Size: 71.7 MB (75,235,328 bytes) Packed Size: 35.4 MB (37,216,256 bytes)
SHA-256: 07CEBF240754D4F5845A599CEE9C756D6A7364E5B0A8B6576AD9299041CBEAB4

Release Details

Developer: Audacity Team, James Crook, &
Requirements: Windows XP, 7 or later
Additions: Manual (local), LAME, and FFMPEG binaries included
License: Open source (personal and business use)—GPL v2
Source: Included in the package (.ini, .nsh files)

DIY/Do It Yourself: Upgrade to the Latest Release

Requirements 7-Zip, NPP/Notepad++ or other text editor, Launcher Generator/PAL, Installer/PAI.

  1. Get the latest portable app. template, and extract the content with 7-Zip.
  2. Get the latest Dark Audacity release.
  3. Put it in the same folder as the extracted template, in our example C:\0TEST, then extract the installer by following this guide.
  4. Move InfoBefore.rtf from embedded folder to {app} folder.
  5. Move {app} folder to C:\0TEST\DarkAudacityPortable\App and rename it to DarkAudacity The complete binaries...
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  6. Browse to DarkAudacityPortable\App\AppInfo and open appinfo.ini file with NPP. Replace the [Version] section with the latest version number. Make sure the PackageVersion entry is in 4 place digit, eg. not just 2.3.2,
  7. Run PAL, paste the template folder address C:\0TEST\DarkAudacityPortable, and click Go—a new launcher will be created, Create new launcher
  8. Test the new launchers by following this guide.
  9. When all is OK, then delete the DarkAudacityPortable\Data folder and run PAI, paste the package folder address C:\0TEST\DarkAudacityPortable, and click Go—to create the installer package. Create installer
  10. Use the installer package to upgrade your portable application. Don't forget to at least backup your Data folder before any upgrade :)
  11. If you find any changes that's not handled by the launcher, consult the PAL help file to modify the launcher yourself or ask for our paid upgrade support.

Portability Notes

  • Dark Audacity writes an empty Windows data folder while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.

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