Error Opening Project: Reference to invalid character number at line x

Error Opening Project

Error Opening Project: Audacity is one of the best softwares for recording and editing audios. Though it is free software, it works just as well as a paid software. It has a lot of features and qualities that help you to create, record, and enhance your audio. It is a very useful application for numerous users all across the globe.

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But there are instances when a user might face some problems while using Audacity. These errors might occur due to various reasons. Though Audacity always tries to optimize performance and ease increase convenience, like other applications, it might also face some issues while working.

One of these errors might occur when you open some project in Audacity. This error says ‘Reference to invalid character number at line x’. This kind of error message occurs when you reopen the AUP file in Audacity.

If you are also facing this kind of error, or don’t want to encounter it, then you should read this write- up. Here are all the necessary details about this type of error with its solutions. Have a look below.

Why does this error occur?

If this type of an error message appears on your screen, then it means that t here was some error in non-English (or an accent) or the control character in any of the lines when you reopened your AUP file. These may lead to the error occurring.

One of these reasons is, that your file might contain metadata that has some symbols, which Audacity is unable to display. Another reason is that your file might have some non-English or accented words that are not acceptable in Audacity. And, the last reason might be an older version of the Audacity application. Click here to learn more.

The solution to the error

 You can follow the steps given below to find the solution to this error:

  • Firstly, you need to make one copy of your AUP file. And then, you can open that in any text editor. For Windows, Audacity recommends using Notepad+++.
  • After this, you need to turn off the word wrap option in the menu.
  • Then, look at the line where that message of error is shown. In that line, look for: projname=, name=, value= and title=.
  • Then, look for quotation marks in the line, and remove all the characters that lie inside those quotations.
  • Then, you need to save that file, as an .aup file.
  • Now, if you are re-opening the file and find the same error message again, then you need to repeat all the steps above.

Also, if you want to change the ‘projname’ in the AUP file, then you need to rename the _data folder and the AUP project files. Because, this will ensure that they have the same name as ‘projname’.

Wrapping up

These steps are very easy to follow and simple. You can use these steps to remove the error from your file in Audacity and help yourself with the same.


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