Linux Recording – Second Thoughts

A short time ago, I wrote about using arecord (the ALSA recording programme) with lame to record and code mp3s. After further research, I have discovered that there is a much easier way, at least for those working with a graphical user interface.

I have only just installed audacity, but it is looking very good indeed. Once installed, I was recording, trimming, cutting and pasting audio in just over a minute – compared with the hour or so of research into using the command line tools.

Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

Sounds good, eh?

An audio transcript of this article is available. The recording has been speed and pitch-shifted, using audacity, to cut play time and thus file size (583kb).