Do Audacity projects move between Mac and Windows versions of Audacity?

February 10, 2019 10:56 AM

Can I collaborate with others using a version of Audacity that's running on a different kind of operating system from mine does?

There's an Audacity help page about sending Audacity projects to others for collaboration, and that discusses needing the same Audacity version in some odd cases (like if you're still on Mac OS9 for some reason):

I couldn't figure out from this whether a project made in a Mac version of Audacity and one made using a Windows version are compatible. I want to be able to record some tracks and sent them to someone with a different version of Audacity running on a different OS machine.
posted by twoplussix (2 comments total)

also, I have both kinds of machines, and this is a theoretical question as I don't have a collaborator in mind yet. I guess I'm also interested in advice on which machine I should use if it did matter from a collaboration perspective specifically.
posted by twoplussix at 10:56 AM on February 10

I've exchanged Audacity project files before and it worked okay. I was on Windows 7 and sent the Audacity project files (.aup file and dependent data folder with additional project files) and they were readable/saveable via Audacity on Mac. Just make sure each version of Audacity is on the same branch (e.g. 2.3.x). If you're both using the latest downloadable version for the respective OS, it should be fine and AFAIK should not matter if you are on Win/Mac/Linux.

You might also be interested in this thread on AskMe: Online musical collaboration with strangers? with a different take on how to collaborate, although one of the things I mention there is Audacity.

(One of the issues with using an online/cloud-based collaboration site is that the Terms of Service usually require that the music creator have permission or rights to the work they're recording on the service/site.)
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 11:14 PM on February 12

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