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I'm looking for good applications for audio recordings, that run on Linux platform.

  • open-source (it's not a priority, but it's important for me)
  • free (not to have to pay for it)
  • simple design (not confusing one)

Audacity is the best for me yet, but its UI it's not the best... However, the usability is very good.

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    I was going to suggest Audacity, but you already use it :) – Eeji Sep 1 '14 at 19:08
  • @Eeji There is Ardour, also, but that's too complicated. Also, bad UI, from my first point of view. Probably is more professional than Audacity, however. – Ionică Bizău Sep 1 '14 at 19:11
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    Is Audacity also able to record system sound? For example if I want to record the sound directly from my computer without the external noise interfering? – Peter Raeves Dec 6 '14 at 23:06
  • Actually, I ended using Ardour, and I am happy with it (see my answer). I posted some music on my SoundCloud profile. :) – Ionică Bizău Oct 5 '15 at 19:07
  • And thanks for adding your own answer. – Nemo Oct 5 '15 at 20:12
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Ardour 4

I'm started with Ardour 2, continued with Ardour 3 and now using Ardour 4.

Of course, when you give it the first try, things are complicated, but from my experience, I am very happy with it.

I use QJackCtl to control the jack server and as audio interface I'm using a Scarlett-2i2. After configuring the things, I have no background noise, awesome experience: it can sync in real time what I play and hear myself (there is no delay because of the audio interface I'm using).

And finally, I was saying the UI is bad. Actually it's awesome, or got improved anyway. :)

  • Uh, it does look overkill! I might try it to record a conference, does it have good noise reduction functions? – Nemo Oct 5 '15 at 20:12
  • @Nemo Probably yes, but I didn't need such a thing yet. I only recorded my piano using the audio interface which was ~0 background noise. :-) It supports plugins, and there are a lot of them!! – Ionică Bizău Oct 6 '15 at 5:02

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