Need a simple audio recorder

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    tpcug

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    Can anyone recommend a *simple* audio recorder - either an app or a front-end.

    I just want to record the occasional audio 'note' using the built-in mic.

    I can do this in a terminal using 'rec' (from the sox package) but the quality outputting to .ogg files is terrible and although .wav files are ok they are too large. Strangely, if I use an external mike, .ogg files are ok, but I would prefer to use the internal mike.

    Tried to install Audacity, from the repository, there were a load of dependencies to install, then it failed. Audacity is not the solution anyway, its not an audio editor I am looking for, just a one-click-start-recording-now app, I gave Ardour a miss as 'over-the-top' for this requirement. I have a LAME codec installed, need something as a front-end.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Answering my own question

    I eventually found a small app that does what is required.

    SoundRec - its a gui for alsa

    http://soundedrec.sourceforge.net/

    fortunately the download contains an executable for redhat, so no need to compile and it works (almost) straight off.

    For those interested - unpack the archive.
    Copy the exececutable soundrec to /user/bin
    edit: the exec name is actually sound_recorder

    If you want to save in .mp3 format you need to install the lame codec
    lame-3.98-17.fc8.i386.rpm
    libmp3lame0-3.98-17.fc8.i386.rpm

    Do a google search or try http://rpm.pbone.net/ for these

    Now for the strange bit. SoundRec must have been compiled sometime with windows in mind because it looks for lame.exe (lol)
    So I renamed the lame executable in /usr/bin to lame.exe & lo-and-behold SoundRec will now record to .mp3 format.

    The saved .mp3 file is in your home (/home/user) by default.

    Do read the notes on the webpage, however for what I want, adding the enviromental variables was not required.
     
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    Hi,

    I was just browsing for a simple recorder myself. I could need a multitrack recorder for simple guitar, vocals etc sketches on the fly, so I was checking out Ardour, but it seems somewhat large. Does anyone know if it will run on the AAO at all ?
     
    Krinor, Sep 24, 2008
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