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

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Wed Sep 14 18:25:40 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 08:00:35AM +0200, 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).

+1 for arecord.

On my sound card, I have to use: "arecord -f  S16_LE  -r 44100"

Although, for simple recording like that, I prefer to use JACK and jack_capture. That would add the complexity for you of configuring JACK, so arecord seems like the win.

In the old days (2001-2005), I vaguely remember using sox for recording, but my memory has been fading fast, so I don't recall the details.


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