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Audio Recoder

Audio Recorder is a Linux tool to record audio from your system's sound card or microphone and comes with some interesting advanced features such as a timer, automatic Skype call recorder and more.


Audio Recorder features:
  • records your system's sound card, microphone, browser, webcam and so on
  • built-in timer: you can start, stop or pause the recording at a pre-defined time or after a certain amount of time
  • automatically start recording on either voice or sound
  • automatically stop recording on silence
  • it can be automatically controlled by Rhythmbox, Banshee, Amarok and other MPRIS compatible players as well as Skype. For instance, it can record all your Skype calls without any user interaction
  • supported formats: OGG, flac, mp3, mp2, m4a, spx and wav
  • Ubuntu AppIndicator support


To get Audio Recorder to automatically record your Skype calls, make sure you select "Yes" and check the "Remember this selection" box when Skype asks to authorize Audio Recorder:

Audio Recorder Skype



Install Audio Recorder in Ubuntu



Audio Recorder has its own Ubuntu PPA - add it and install Audio Recorder using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:osmoma/audio-recorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audio-recorder

To be able to record in various formats, you'll have to install some Gstreamer plugins: base for OGG, "good" for Wav and Flac, ugly/multiverse for mp3 and bad/multiverse for AAC and m4a. Install them all using the following command:
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-base gstreamer0.10-plugins-good gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse


To download the source code or report bugs, check out Audio Recorder's Launchpad page.
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