Record Audio from terminal

If you want to record your voice in your system, then read on.
If you have a notebook or laptop, then most probably there will be a built-in mic present in it. If you’re using PC then you need to attach mic. I am currently using Ubuntu 14.04.
To check mic (audio input):

System Settings

  • Go to System Settings ▸ Hardware ▸ Sound (or click on the speaker icon on the menu bar) and select Sound Settings
  • Select the Input tab
  • Select the appropriate device in Select sound from
  • Make sure the device is not set to Mute.
  • You should see an active input level as you use your device
audio input image
System settings

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type:

arecord test.wav

It will now start recording your voice. Now talk what you want and after that press ctrl+c to close when you are done.
There will be a file created test.wav in your current directory.
Open it using rhythmbox:

rhythmbox test.wav

You can use any name of the file (test.wav) just replace it by any name.


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