[LAU] Alternative to audacity for simple non-jack recording?

Robin Gareus robin at gareus.org
Mon Sep 12 07:42:39 UTC 2011

On 09/12/2011 08:00 AM, Arve Barsnes wrote:
> I have a simple little usb-thingy that I want to record sound from. It
> shows up just fine in audacity, but when I press record with it set as
> the input device, audacity freezes completely, and I have to kill it.
> I've tried ecasound and qarecord, but I couldn't really make any of
> them work. Anyone have any experience with this? Should I just try an
> older version of audacity? Just looking for some hints before I start
> the whole downgrading process (the older, "stable", version of
> audacity comes with the thingy, so that's supposed to work).
> Arve

Hi Arve,

It is very very unlikely that it's related to audacity. Your device is
probably not correctly identified or supported by ALSA (the kernel
driver for sound-cards).

It may help to post the output of
  sudo lsusb -v
  cat /dev/sndstat

which will provide more info about the "little usb-thingy". I guess it
may mistakenly use some driver-settings for a similar compatible device.

Can you play audio?
  aplay some-audio.wav

  aplay -l # lists all audio devices
  aplay -D DEVICENAME some-audio.wav

As to your subject: rezound is a great sound-file editor; but it won't
work either if arecord or qarecord do not work.


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