Ubuntu comes with a dedicated app called “sound recorder” which is pretty simple application. But if you want to record, edit (with few effects, etc) and then play the files with all your changes … well that ain’t gonna do that for you.
In that case, if you’re looking for a simple (don’t be fooled by the word because it’s quite rich in features!) audio editor that supports decent amount of audio formats such as : Wav, MP3 and Ogg, PCM, etc … then mhWaveEdit is a small yet a useful utility.
*. Comes with a highly simplified UI and loads fast.
*. Only supports editing the “wav” format but after installing few additional tools you can add support for MP3, Ogg and many other audio formats such as: AIFF, AIFC, Raw, PCM etc too.
*. Play and Record.
*. Save in different formats such as: Wav, MP3, OGG, Flac, Oga, Raw etc.
*. A time scale window with Cut/Paste/Delete features.
*. Supports ALSA, OSS, Pulse Audio, Jack, Esound… a lot of sound servers.
*. Comes with few additional effects such as: Fade in/out, Normalize, Mix to Mono, Playback speed change, add or map channels etc.
*. Change few quality related settings while saving files.
*. And a few more tweaks available through the “Preferences” window as well.
You can install mhWaveEdit audio/sound editor in Ubuntu 11.10 Onecirc Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install mhwaveedit
But as said if you want additional audio format support… then you’ll have to install the “Lame” (MP3 encoder) and Oggenc (vorbis encoder). For that use the below commands.
sudo apt-get install lame vorbis-tools
Although I think most Ubuntu versions comes this installed but just in case, if you want to add support for files such as AIFF, AIFC, PCM etc then use the below command to install the “libsndfile” library.
sudo apt-get install libsndfile1
Yep, that about it.