Preset Audacity

Most effects, generators and analyzers in Audacity have a Manage button in their dialog. Clicking this button opens a dropdown menu enabling you to manage presets for the tool and to see some details about the tool.
  1. Telephone Preset Audacity
  2. Insane Preset Audacity
Accessed by: The or button at the bottom left of effects, generators and analyzers dialogs:
Example of the Normalize effect showing the 'Manage' dropdown menu
Preset audacity
  • The saved preset can then be loaded by the same effect running in Audacity or most other VST host applications, on any computer or operating platform it supports. Similarly FXP presets saved by a given effect in any VST host on any computer can be loaded into that effect in Audacity.
  • You may wish to add the curve as a User Preset so that you can readily recall and reuse it later in Audacity, without having to Import it again. To do this you can use the Save Preset menu item from the Manage button in the effect dialog.
  • The reverb comes with a bank of presets that provide a good starting point for a variety of applications. Dowload the free plugin here: OldSkoolVerb OldSkoolVerb is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and later versions as well as Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and later versions.
  • The LAME MP3 encoding library allows Audacity to export audio in the popular MP3 format. LAME is now bundled in with the latest Audacity version. The FFmpeg import/export library allows Audacity to import and export many additional audio formats such as AC3, AMR(NB), M4A and WMA, and to import audio from video files. Audacity 2.0.6 and later requires FFmpeg 1.2 to 2.3.x (or libav 0.

User Presets


Lets you choose from presets that you have already saved in Audacity (see below). In the image above, this option is grayed out because no user presets have yet been saved.

This setting controls how many dB’s Audacity will reduce your noise. 30 dB is a good place to start. If in a controlled recording environment, a lower number like 10 or 15 dB might work. In a noisier situation, try a higher number like 35 or 40 dB.It’s good practice to keep this number as low as possible, because Audacity attempts to.

Save Preset...

After you have made adjustments to the settings for the tool, you can use this option to save these settings for later use. When you name the preset you may choose the name of an existing preset and thus update it.

Note that generators do not save the 'Duration' setting.

Delete Preset

Deletes any user preset that you may previously have saved. In the image above this option is grayed out because no user presets have yet been saved.

Factory Presets

The 'Defaults' Factory Preset lets you reset the effect to default settings. For most built-in effects and all plugins shipped with Audacity, 'Defaults' is the only available Factory Preset. Third-party plug-ins may offer multiple named factory presets which you can choose from.


Imports presets which you have exported using the Export option (below) on this or other machines or which you have exported from other software that supports a compatible preset. Available only for VST and Audio Unit (Mac) effects.


Exports presets for use in Audacity on other machines or for use in other software that supports import of a compatible preset. Available only for VST and Audio Unit (Mac) effects.


All plug-ins (except Nyquist) have per-effect options accessed by this menu for one or more of Latency Compensation, Graphical Mode or Buffer Size. If there are no options available (as in the Normalize image above) then this menu item will be grayed out.


Selecting 'About' from the button displays an information dialog for the tool.

Telephone Preset Audacity

  • Type: Indicates whether this is a built-in Audacity tool (as the Normalize example is) otherwise indicates the type of plug-in it is, for example, Nyquist, LADSPA or VST.
  • Name: The name of the effect, generator or analyzer.
  • Version: Where available, shows the version number of the tool.
  • Vendor: Shows who has provided the tool.
  • Description: Where available, provides a brief description of the tool's features. For VST effects, normally shows the number of audio inputs and outputs.

Insane Preset Audacity