While Ubuntu lacks a powerful and easy to use audio recording application in its main software archive, here’s how to install Audio Recorder, an open source sound recorder for Gnome 3 and Unity, in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and Linux Mint 18.
Audio Recorder records sound from your system’s sound card, microphones, browsers, webcams, and more. It provides a timer that start, stop, or pause recording at a given condition. And it allows to select the audio source, file format, etc.
Audio Recorder Features:
- System tray indicator (available in Additional settings)
- Record sounds from installed music player
- Record Skype calls without any user interaction.
- Output file format: .ogg, .m4a, .FLAC, .mp2, .mp3, .wav, .spx.
- A timer that:
- start, stop, pause recording at given time, after a period of time.
- start recording on voice or sound
- Stop or pause recording on “silence”
- Stop when the recorded file size exceeds a limit.
- The recording can be automatically controlled by MPRIS2-compatible media players.
How to install Audio Recorder in Ubuntu:
The software is available in PPA repository with support for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10.
1. Add the PPA
Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:audio-recorder/ppa
Type in your password when it asks and hit Enter.
2. After adding the PPA, you can install the app either via Synaptic Package Manager after clicking Refresh to update package index, or by running the commands below in terminal:
sudo apt update; sudo apt install audio-recorder
For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package from the PPA file archive.
3. (Optional) To remove Audio Recorder.
Either use Synaptic Package Manager or run the command below in terminal:
sudo apt remove audio-recorder
And the PPA can be removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.