Lubuntu-18.04, ALSA and PulseAudio.
I want to record speech off my microphone and save it to an .mp3 file, then play it on my main speakers.
Not much to ask.
But a normal install of the audacity package gives me v2.1.1, which doesn’t work according to your website.
So I get the audacity PPA and update to v2.3.2.
The interface is massively complicated and packed in to a small area at the top, plus another toolbar at the bottom, leaving a vast area of empty space on screen.
So I rearrange the toolbars into what I think is a more logical layout all at the top:
- choice of devices, because that’s the first thing anybody would want to do.
- input device monitor, output device monitor, because that is the only way to check that the choice of devices is correct.
- transport toolbar
- all other toolbars off
File > exit to save the toolbar positions.
I have a microphone plugged into MIC, a USB webcam plugged in which has its own microphone, a USB-phone plugged in with mono microphone and speaker.
I have stereo speakers using the HDMI output on the monitor.
The Mic drop-down list does not have the USB-phone mentioned.
The speakers drop-down list does not mention my speakers, and after recording a short piece, I can’t find ANY setting that plays on my speakers.
Help > Quick help opens a blank window.
Help > Manual… opens a blank window.
After a hour of playing around with settings in Audacity and Pavucontrol, I cannot get Audacity to record from the microphone plugged into Mic and play on speakers plugged into HDMI-2.
There’s something seriously wrong with Audacity.
Why can’t you choose the input and output devices seperately from Pulseaudio settings?
Why can’t you call the devices by sensible names and have all of them, and nothing but them, in the input and output drop-down lists?