[PC-BSD Testing] Audacity port -- How to fix recording

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Thu Mar 25 20:17:45 PDT 2010

For those unable to record streaming audio in Audacity --

The likely problem is that Audacity is not configured for your sound card.
If you were to click through the menus (Edit > Preferences) to the "Audio
I/O" tab will reveal what Audacity thinks your sound card is. On mine, for
example, the entry was /dev/dsp which was wrong.

To solve the problem:

1. Find the hidden audacity configuration "dot file" (.audacity) in your
home directory.

2. Copy it to .audacity.old so you can have it as a back up.

3. Open .audacity in a text editor.

4. Find the section labeled [AudioIO] and change the /dev/whatever to the
name of your sound device. For my Intel/AC'97 snd_ich, it was /dev/pcm0. See
the Code box below.



5. Save the file and restart Audacity.

6. Select "Vol" in the pick-box as the sound source.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio

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