recording from monitor of system audio?

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recording from monitor of system audio?

Post by pattimichelle » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:00 am

I have an HP Envy Touchsmart 17 laptop running opensuse LEAP 42.3. The sound system Audacity (2.2.2) seems to find is ALSA:
HDA Intel PCH:92HD91BXX Analog hw(1,0)

Audacity seems to only be able to record from the computer's internal monitor, so I get room sounds and so forth in addition to the computer audio (speaker outputs).

I tried the recording software "Simple Screen Recorder" - it defaults to PulseAudio, and has the options to either record from "Built-in Analog Stereo" or "Monitor of Built-in Analog Stereo." When I choose the Monitor... option, it records direction from the speaker feeds, not from the internal microphone, so I don't record ambient (room) sounds. SSR has options for ALSA, PulseAudio, and JACK - to get the option for the Monitor of Analog Stereo, I have to use the PulseAudio backend.

So I guess my question is, can I get Audacity to use PulseAudio and obtain the ability to record from the Monitor of Analog Stereo?

Thank You Very Much!

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Re: recording from monitor of system audio?

Post by steve » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:57 am

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