How to Install Audio Recorder in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy

This quick tutorial is going to show you how to install Audio Recorder in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander & Linux Mint 16 Petra via Getdeb repository.

As you may know, audio-recorder allows you to record your favourite music and audio to a file. It can record audio from your system’s soundcard, microphones, browsers, webcams & more. Put simply; if it plays out of your loudspeakers you can record it.

It has an advanced timer that can:

  • Start, stop or pause recording at a given clock time.
  • Start, stop or pause after a time period.
  • Stop when the recorded file size exceeds a limit.
  • Start recording on voice or sound (user can set the audio threshold).
  • Stop or pause recording on “silence” (user can set the audio threshold and delay).

The recording can be atomatically controlled by MPRIS2-compatible media players. It can also record all your Skype calls without any user interaction; It supports several audio (output) formats such as OGG audio, Flac, MP3 and WAV. It even allows you to select the recording device (microphone, webcam, audio card, etc.) which you practically CANNOT DO with GNOME’s official recorder. It’s so pathetic!

Install Audio Recorder:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run 2 commands to install getdeb repository:


sudo dpkg -i getdeb-repository_0.1-1~getdeb1_all.deb

Then you can use Synaptic Package Manager to install the audio-recorder. Or run commands below instead:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install -y audio-recorder

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  1. SOURCE:

    I’d suggest to use repository, even though it is PPA (some people don’t like PPA repositories), because if you do so, the audio-recorder package will be updated with the rest of the OS – i.e. when you type in the cterminal:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

    So in order to achieve that, in terminal type:

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:osmoma/audio-recorder
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install audio-recorder

    If you want to be able to save to several audio formats, you may also wish to install these packages:

    sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-plugins-base gstreamer1.0-plugins-good gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad

  2. 9th Jan 2016.
    Will this work on Mint 13 LTS which is based on Ubuntu 12.04?
    I will upgrade in 2017 when I loose support for Mint 13.

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