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DeaDBeeF music player released new 1.9.0 version a day ago. Here’s what’s new and how to install the application in Ubuntu.

DeaDBeeF is one of my favorite music players, especially for its design mode. Glory to Ukraine! In this release you’ll see two little hearts (in blue and yellow) in the title bar of app window.

The 1.9.0 release added some new features including:

  • Long file seeking support for Opus and FFMPEG
  • HTTPS support for vfs_curl in portable builds, via libmbedtls
  • Design mode for CocoaUI
  • New Scope and Spectrum Analyzer visualizations
  • Visualization appearance preferences pane
  • New album art loader
  • Title formatting $year(time) function
  • GTK UI for editing a chosen field of multiple selected tracks, in a table interface
  • Creating new playlist via clicking the “+” button in the playlist tab strip
  • Improved DSP preferences GTK UI
  • Improved handling of invalid MP3 files
  • Last.fm scrobbler will use HTTPS by default

And, you can now easily get the menu to set dB scale, Linear scale, or Cubic scale by simply right-clicking on volume slider. There are as well various bug fixes, see HERE for more.

How to Install DeaDBeeF 1.9.0 in Ubuntu:

The software project provides official packages for 64-bit modern PC/laptop. For Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint based systems, simply download the “deadbeef-static_1.9.0-1_amd64.deb” from the link page below:

After downloaded the package, open your Downloads folder, right-click blank area and select “Open in Terminal”. Finally, install the package by running the command below in pop-up terminal:

sudo apt install ./deadbeef-static*amd64.deb

It works in all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.10 and Ubuntu 22.04.

Once installed, press Windows (Super) key on keyboard. Then search for and open the player to enjoy your music!

In addition for those prefer Ubuntu PPA, here’s one that built with Qt5 interface and MPRISv2 plugin support.

It should be trustworthy as the maintainer is the guy behind Debian and Ubuntu’s official Tesseract OCR package. However, the package version there at the moment of writing is still the last v1.8.8. And, it’s better to remove “deadbeef-static” first before installing the music player from this PPA.

How to Remove DeaDBeeF:

The package is installed as deadbeef-static. To remove it, open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. Then run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove deadbeef-static

That’s all. Enjoy!

This simple tutorial shows how to install the tiny sound recording app “Audio Recorder” in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

Audio Recorder” is a little open-source app that can record audio from your system’s sound card, microphone, browsers, webcams and any sound that your PC plays out.

The tool has a built-in timer that automates audio recording on given clock time or after time period, auto stop when the recorded file size exceeds a limit. And, it can be controlled via Rhythmbox, VLC, Audacious and other MPRIS2 compatible players. For Skype users, it can automatically record all your Skype calls without any user interaction.

Sounds can be saved as OGG audio, Flac, MP3, WAV, M4A, and OPUS. And, it has command line options to control app interface as well as recording actions.

Install Audio Recorder in Ubuntu 22.04:

The app has been more than 10 years old! The developer team maintains an official PPA with all Ubuntu releases and their derivatives (e.g., Linux Mint) support. Somehow, it does not available in Ubuntu’s universe repository.

1. Add the PPA

First press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, paste the command below and hit Enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:audio-recorder/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo authentication and hit enter to continue.

2. Install Audio Recorder package

After adding the PPA and updating the package cache (which is done automatically), just run the apt command below to install the tool:

sudo apt install audio-recorder

Once installed, search for and open the tool from ‘Activities’ overview screen and enjoy!

How to Remove Audio Recorder:

To remove the Ubuntu PPA, either launch “Software & Updates” utility and remove the source from Other Software tab, or run the command below in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:audio-recorder/ppa

And to remove the sound recording app, simply use command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove audio-recorder

That’s all. Enjoy!

Audacious audio player announced the first beta for the next major 4.2 release few days ago.

The new release improved the user experience for those running the player in Qt interface, including the dark mode theme and new Flat icon set.

Audacious Dark Qt interface

The Qt dark mode will be default in Windows. For other systems as well as the new icon set, there are toggle options in the settings dialog.

Qt dark theme and Flat icons options in Settings dialog

Other feathers in Audacious 4.2 beta include:

  • Partial support for Ogg FLAC streams
  • Preselect the filename of an imported playlist when exporting it again
  • Automatically set the title of an imported playlist based on the filename
  • New ‘Jump to Song‘ dialog for searching from large list of audio files for Winamp interface in Qt mode.
  • Add formatter syntax to allow truncating title strings
  • And some bug-fixes.

How to Install Audacious 4.2 in Ubuntu:

I’ll upload the new release package into this unofficial Ubuntu PPA when it goes stable!

For testing purpose, user may install this BETA package in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.10, and Ubuntu 22.04 via the testing PPA.

To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/test3
sudo apt update
sudo apt install audacious audacious-plugins

And, uninstall them if you want by purging the PPA via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/test3

The popular audio manipulation tool, PulseEffects, finally adds supports for PipeWire sound server by re-naming to EasyEffects.

EasyEffects is a GTK4 app designed for only PipeWire sound server. For PulseAudio, default sound service in current Ubuntu releases, PulseEffects is still available.

The UI looks almost same as before, and it may apply effects including Auto gain, Bass enhancer, Bass loudness, Compressor, Convolver, Crossfeed, Crystalizer, De-esser, Echo Canceller, Equalizer, Exciter, Expander, Filter, Gate, Limiter, Loudness, Maximizer, Multiband compressor, Multiband gate, Noise reduction, Pitch, Reverberation, Stereo tools.

Besides manipulating sound output, it may also apply effects to an input device, such as a microphone. This is, for example, useful in audio recording, but it also works well during voice conversations.

The PipeWire tab contains the options to select input & output devices, edit presets, and test signal.

How to Install EasyEffects in Ubuntu Linux:

The tool has been made into official repositories for Arch Linux, Gentoo, openSUSE and NixOS. Since Ubuntu sticks to PulseAudio, you install EasyEffects only when PipeWire is present as sound server (Read this tutorial for more).

1.) EasyEffects so far is only available as Flatpak package. Firstly, search for and open terminal either from the Activities overview screen or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to install the flatpak daemon first if you don’t have it:

sudo apt install flatpak

2.) Next add the flathub.org repository, the place hosts a large amount of Flatpak apps by running command in terminal:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

3.) Finally install EasyEffects flatpak package via command:

flatpak install flathub com.github.wwmm.easyeffects

If everything goes well, you may either launch it by searching for and opening from the overview screen, or run flatpak run com.github.wwmm.easyeffects command to start it from terminal.

Uninstall EasyEffects:

To remove the tool, open terminal, copy and paste the single command below and hit run:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.github.wwmm.easyeffects

switch between sound sources and devices

PyAudioSelector, an open-source project written in Python, is a GTK3 indicator applet for Ubuntu users to easy switch between audio devices for all or some of the audio sources.

With the indicator applet, you can even set the different audio sources to different output devices.

PyAudioSelector

How to Install:

The project is now under early development stage. An Ubuntu PPA will be created to make it easy to install. And before that, follow below steps to install a git release.

Open terminal from the Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

launch-terminal-emulator

1. Install git if you don’t have it.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install git

2. Grab the source:

cd /tmp/ && git clone https://github.com/agustinmista/PyAudioSelector.git

download-pyaudioselector

3. Navigate to the source folder and run the install script:

cd /tmp/PyAudioSelector && sudo sh install.sh

Once installed, it starts automatically at next login.

How to Uninstall:

There is not an uninstall script at the moment, but you can easily remove the applet by running below commands one by one:

1. Remove the python script:

sudo rm /usr/local/bin/PyAudioSelector/PyAudioSelector.py

2. Remove the config file:

sudo rm /usr/share/PyAudioSelector/config.ini

3. Finally remove the autostart file:

rm ~/.config/autostart/PyAudioSelector.desktop

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