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Old 02-15-2004, 01:21 PM   #1
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Unable to save sound recording to file

Hi all,

I am trying record external sound from microphone and save the recording to a WAV file.

I am using Sound Recorder (GNOME) and I am able to play back the recording with No problem.
This is What I do:
Open Sound Recorder
Click on New button.
Click on Record button.
When Done, Click on Stop button.
Click on Play, which plays back.
When I click on Save button or SaveAs button, gives me a prompt. I select a file name and When I click OK, the all the windows of Sound Recorder close.
And When I look for the file that I saved, I see only a entry with 0 bytes.

Anyone has a clue what may be wrong, or Whay I can look for?

Old 02-15-2004, 01:47 PM   #2
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it sounds to me that the sound recorder program you're using is crashing when you're saving it, but i've never used the gnome sound recorder before so i don't know if closing on saving is proper behavior. i doubt that it is though. can you try running the sound recorder from the shell terminal, doing what you're doing with the recording a sound from the mic and saving it? if it is a crash, then you'll most likely see something in the output of the shell terminal. you could also try using another sound application. i've been using krecord for that kind of stuff and you shouldn't have any problems with using that in gnome either. i don't have a link handy right now, but googling krecord will get you to the right place.
Old 02-01-2005, 09:46 AM   #3
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I had the same problem with gnome-sound-recorder in fedora core 2

The menus came up fine, it accepted a file name, and didn't crash or anything when I clicked 'ok' to
save it. Yet there is no file present in the directory (or anywhere else).

My solution was to go get audacity. I did it using yum with the following command
yum install audacity

where I was using the yum.conf file I've been using for a while, provided from

It just doesn't get any easier than that.

Audacity worked perfectly the first time, and is a really nice, well designed tool for doing this stuff!!


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