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Old 04-20-2011, 02:01 AM   #1
Steve W
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Record audio being played by computer

Is there an application I can use to record audio that is being streamed into a PC from, say, an online radio station? For example, if I was listening to a streamed radio source online, could I start up a sound recorder on the PC to record as an MP3 file the audio content as it was being played back on my PC? I have tried with Gnome Sound Recorder, the default sound recorder on my Ubuntu distro, but all that records is silence.

The reason I want to do this is to listen to certain radio programmes on my standalone MP3 player, which have previously been broadcast on a radio station, rather than sitting up at my PC listening to them through their iPlayer program.

As the audio content is going "through" the PC, there must be an audio stream that a piece of recorder software can pick up and record...?

Edit: I am currently trying out Audacity for this; however I cannot enable the recommended "Stereo Mix" option as it does not appear on my mixer toolbar in Audacity. I get a list of Mic:0, Line:0, Mic:1 etc but that is it. I am unsure whether I need to change an option in Ubuntu, or Audacity. I know my PC's sound capabilities are able to perform this function, as I can do something very basic in Windows XP using its own Sound Recorder program, but this is only capable of recording 60 seconds of audio.

Thank you for any advice you can give.

Last edited by Steve W; 04-20-2011 at 03:35 AM.
Old 04-20-2011, 05:07 AM   #2
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Try this:
Old 04-21-2011, 06:44 AM   #3
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Thank you, I shall give it a go.


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