Audacity Presets - Noise Gate Causing Issues With Running Presets

Problem: Some of our Audacity Preset users get an error message that says: “Noise Gate Script Was Not Recognised” or “Your Noise Gate batch command was not recognised”

Background Information: Noise Gate was only added natively to Audacity on 15 May 2020 software release which was later withdrawn don’t know why (on their change log) and added back again in v3.0.0 of Audacity. Through further research we now know that some external plugins added to Audacity had issues with that Noise Gate and often resulted in disabling it natively inside Audacity as a result! (Note that our presets are not classed as plugins, they are macros that utilise ONLY native Audacity effects). But if that native effect is disabled - macros will not be able to function properly.

Solution: First of all do make sure that you are on the very latest version of Audacity before anything else. Aside of that the only known solution to this problem is to uninstall Audacity from your computer, delete all files associated with Audacity and then download the latest version of it from official Audacity website here: https://www.audacityteam.org/. Two steps here are ESSENTIAL for the fix to work:

  1. The files left by Audacity on your computer have to be removed completely before the new install is done. We have seen instances where that’s not done and results in the the issue not being resolved. Follow this guide on how to do this correctly on Mac and this one on Windows.

  2. New Audacity needs to be downloaded from Audacity official website - this is the only way to ensure you are getting the latest version of Audacity untainted by other plugins etc.

In addition, if you are using external plugins on Audacity - make sure that they don’t disable native functionality and use only current versions of those plugins. This could especially be true for plugins that are designed to reduce noise. Many of the plugins for Audacity that have stopped updates since 2020 would be the core of the issue here.

If you have any further issues - please let us know in the comments below.