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AntOne 06-14-2017 05:30 PM

Looking for a simple audio recorder with switchable sources.
 
Hello all,

I'm looking for a simple, quick, program like ?GSR? to record from audio input or built-in microphone. I can't find GSR, perhaps I have that wrong.

Gnome-sound-recorder is apparently microphone only; everything else so far is aimed at playback of various files.

Thankyou for helping - regards Ant

hydrurga 06-14-2017 06:47 PM

Have you tried audio-recorder? Its description includes the ability to "record audio from applications, microphones, webcams and more."

PPA available here: https://launchpad.net/~audio-recorde...ive/ubuntu/ppa

Mill J 06-14-2017 07:57 PM

Try audacity it's not very small but it's one of the best.

frankbell 06-14-2017 10:39 PM

I second the recommendation for Audacity as an audio recorder/editor. It works very nicely and there some excellent (and some definitely-not-excellent) tutorials on YouTube. I use it to record podcasts for hackerpublicradio.org and you can too.

If your distro uses Pulse Audio, install pavucontrol if it's not already installed. It has mixer features that will enable to control what inputs go to what outputs. (In the olden days, when I didn't know /etc from /var, one used jack for that purpose. Jack is still around.)

DJ Shaji 06-15-2017 04:20 AM

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Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 5722844)
(In the olden days, when I didn't know /etc from /var, one used jack for that purpose. Jack is still around.)

Jack and Pulse are aimed at different demographics. Jack is for professional (low latency) audio production, whereas Pulse is for the desktop.

There are plenty of audio recorders available for every possible need. This one looks simple enough.

Shadow_7 06-15-2017 04:28 AM

Is switchable sources WHILE RECORDING?

If NOT, then arecord should do the job. Although not much for monitoring.
If YES, then arecord could be the answer if -D pulse is the device specification. And you use pavucontrol to do the switching. But still not much for monitoring, so the recording is what it is, and is relatively unknown until you play it back.

Otherwise jack based things can switch connections (qjackctl / jack_connect) to switch sources. But switching devices can be a bit NOT SIMPLE.

Things like audacity can switch audio methods (alsa / jack / pulse), although probably NOT while recording. And while relatively simple as far as apps go, not all that small in size. Plus quirks if recording long durations since it records to RAM and doesn't save until complete. Which is does NOT save IF CRASH.

Shadow_7 06-15-2017 04:36 AM

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Originally Posted by AntOne (Post 5722777)
Gnome-sound-recorder is apparently microphone only; everything else so far is aimed at playback of various files.

You can turn your output INTO a MIC source with alsa loopback. Module snd-aloop, which creates a device who's output (mic) is the input. One of many ways to record the output of your systems sounds and apps without losing quality by putting a mic in front of speakers. But probably crossing that "simple" barrier, and not a default setup. Plus every layer adds latency and degrades performance.

AntOne 06-17-2017 01:01 PM

Thankyou very much everyone; the silence is because I'm learning to walk again, not lack of interest!

Regards Ant

hydrurga 06-17-2017 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by AntOne (Post 5723808)
Thankyou very much everyone; the silence is because I'm learning to walk again, not lack of interest!

Regards Ant

No worries or hurry, Ant. :)


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