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
    Commented Sep 1, 2014 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. Commented Sep 1, 2014 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? Commented Dec 6, 2014 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. :) Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 19:07

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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
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 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!! Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 5:02

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