Effect Menu: Nyquist

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Nyquist plug-ins provide most of the optional effects underneath the divider in the Effect menu. They are also used to provide some of Audacity's built-in audio generators and analysis tools.
  • A wide range of additional Nyquist effect, generation and analysis plug-ins can be obtained from Download Nyquist Plug-ins on our Wiki.
  • Nyquist effects support saving of user presets but do not yet support real-time preview or import/export of presets from/to other machines.
Audacity includes many built-in effects and also lets you use a wide range of plug-in effectsThe Analyze Menu contains tools for finding out about the characteristics of your audio, or labeling key featureThe Tools Menu contains customisable toolsThe Extra menu provides access to additional Commands that are not available in the normal default Audacity menusThe Help Menu lets you find out more about the Audacity application and how to use it.  It also includes some diagnostic tools.Enable or disable particular Effects, Generators and AnalyzersRepeats the last used effect at its last used settings and without displaying any dialogShows the list of available Audacity built-in effects but only if the user has effects "Grouped by Type" in Effects PreferencesShows the list of available LADSPA effects but only if the user has effects "Grouped by Type" in Effects PreferencesShows the list of available Nyquist effects but only if the user has effects "Grouped by Type" in Effects Preferencesenables you to control the shape of the fade (non-linear fading) to be applied by adjusting various parameters; allows partial (that is not from or to zero) fades up or downClip Fix attempts to reconstruct clipped regions by interpolating the lost signalUse Crossfade Clips to apply a simple crossfade to a selected pair of clips in a single audio trackUse Crossfade Tracks to make a smooth transition between two overlapping tracks one above the otherA configurable delay effect with variable delay time and pitch shifting of the delaysPasses frequencies above its cutoff frequency and attenuates frequencies below its cutoff frequencyLimiter passes signals below a specified input level unaffected or gently reduced, while preventing the peaks of stronger signals from exceeding this thresholdPasses frequencies below its cutoff frequency and attenuates frequencies above its cutoff frequencyReduces the level of sound below a specified threshold levelGreatly attenuate ("notch out"), a narrow frequency bandDeletes a spectral selection from the audioWhen the selected track is in spectrogram or spectrogram log(f) view, applies a  notch filter, high pass filter or low pass filter according to the spectral selection madeWhen the selected track is in spectrogram or spectrogram log(f) view and the spectral selection has a center frequency and an upper and lower boundary, performs the specified band cut or band boostWhen the selected track is in spectrogram or spectrogram log(f) view, applies either a low- or high-frequency shelving filter or both filters, according to the spectral selection madeApplies a more musical fade out to the selected audio, giving a more pleasing sounding resultModulates the volume of the selection at the depth and rate selected in the dialogAttempts to remove or isolate center-panned audio from a stereo track(Legacy effect) Attempts to remove center-panned vocals from a stereo trackSynthesizes audio (usually a voice) in the left channel of a stereo track with a carrier wave (typically white noise) in the right channel to produce a modified version of the left channelThe MenusEffect-NyquistMenu.png
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Where a built-in or shipped Nyquist effect has an interface, its description page (accessed by the links below) shows an image of the interface and its default settings.
Advice Some Nyquist plug-ins could crash while processing very long audio selections (typically an hour or more). This is due to the plug-in using a large amount of memory and is a known issue in Audacity's current Nyquist implementation. Try using the plug-in on shorter selections instead.

Nyquist effects

Nyquist plug-ins provide most of the optional effects underneath the divider in the Effect menu. They are also used to provide some of Audacity's built-in audio generators and analysis tools.

The Debug button in most Nyquist effect dialogs opens a "Nyquist Output" window containing any informational or error output provided by the effect. This is primarily of use when writing or editing Nyquist plug-ins. After pressing OK in this window, the effect or other chosen action is attempted just as it would be if pressing OK in the effect instead of using the Debug button.

For detailed instructions on installing Nyquist plug-ins for Audacity see: Windows, Mac or Linux

To load the new effects into Audacity so they are available in the menu, use the Plug-in Manager: Effects, Generators and Analyzers dialog.

Tip Advanced users can adapt Nyquist effects and write completely new ones. See the the Nyquist page for further information.

Nyquist plug-ins included in Audacity

The following sample Nyquist plug-ins are included in released builds of Audacity:

Adjustable Fade...

Launches a dialog box where you can choose the shape of the fade in or fade out to be applied. You can also create fades to and from other than silence or full volume. An example of this might be a fade in from 20% of the original volume to 80% of the original volume.

Clip Fix...

Attempts to reconstruct clipped regions by interpolating the lost signal.

Crossfade Clips

Applies a simple crossfade to a selected pair of clips in a single audio track.

Crossfade Tracks

Applies a crossfade to a selected region of a pair of tracks.

Delay...

A configurable delay effect with variable delay time and pitch shifting of the delays.

High-Pass Filter...

Passes frequencies above its cutoff frequency and attenuates frequencies below its cutoff frequency; this can be used to reduce low frequency noise.

Limiter...

Limiter passes signals below a specified input level unaffected or gently reduced, while preventing the peaks of stronger signals from exceeding this threshold. Limiting is a type of dynamic range compression. Mastering engineers often use limiting combined with make-up gain to increase the perceived loudness of an audio recording during the audio mastering process.

Low-Pass Filter...

Passes frequencies below its cutoff frequency and attenuates frequencies above its cutoff frequency; this can be used to reduce high pitched noise.

Noise Gate...

Use the Noise Gate to reduce the level of sound below a specified threshold level.

A noise gate is a kind of "dynamics processor" that allows audio above a specified threshold level to pass through unaffected (gate "open"), and stops or reduces sounds below the threshold level (gate "closed").

Notch Filter...

Greatly attenuate ("notch out") a narrow frequency band. This is a good way to reduce mains hum or a whistle confined to a specific frequency with minimal damage to the remainder of the audio.

Nyquist Prompt...

Launches a dialog where you can enter Nyquist commands. Nyquist is a applicationming language for producing and processing audio. For more information see Nyquist Plug-ins Reference.

Spectral Delete

The Spectral Delete effect acts on a spectral selection to delete a spectral selection from the audio.

Spectral edit multi tool

Spectral edit multi tool (and Spectral edit parametric EQ and Spectral edit shelves described immediately following) are intended for working on a combined frequency and time selection made when using Spectrogram view.

If a fully defined spectral selection has been made, choosing Spectral edit multi-tool applies the appropriate filter for the selection. See Spectral edit multi tool for more information.

Spectral edit parametric EQ...

If a fully defined spectral selection has been made, the effect applies a band cut or band boost according to the value you enter in the "Gain (dB)" control. See Spectral edit parametric EQ for more information.

Spectral edit shelves...

If a fully defined spectral selection has been made, the effect applies a low shelf filter, high shelf filter or combined low and high shelf filter according to the value you enter in the "Gain (dB)" control. See Spectral edit shelves for more information.

Studio Fade Out

Produces a smooth and musical sounding fade out, by applying a sinusoidal fade with a progressive low-pass filter from full spectrum at the start of the selection to 100 Hz at the end.

Tremolo...

Modulates the volume of the selection at the depth and rate selected in the dialog. The same as the tremolo effect familiar to guitar and keyboard players.

Vocal Reduction and Isolation...

Attempts to remove or isolate center-panned audio from a stereo track. Vocals are often (but not always) recorded in this way. The classic method achieves this by subtracting one channel from the other, but the result will be (dual) mono (this method can be found under the Actions menu in this effect as "Remove Center Classic (Mono)" and is a quick way to remove the center if only mono is needed). All other "Remove" options in this effect preserve the stereo image

Vocoder...

Vocoder synthesizes a modulator (usually a voice) in the left channel of a stereo track with a carrier wave in the right channel to produce a modified version of the left channel. Vocoding a normal voice with white noise as provided in the effect will produce a robot-like voice for special effects. Other carriers can be used for subtly different voices. Vocoder can only be applied to unsplit stereo tracks.


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