I used to use a mixer of some kind and I can't remember which...

I would like to record audio from the output, without leaving the computer. I remember in the Jaunty days you could easily enable different inputs and outputs as passthroughs of sorts from the sound preferences.

How can I achieve this functionality on 10.04 and beyond?

I don't favor any particular way, be it digital, analog, pulse or alsa... I can support any solution.

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    @Jay For simultaneous recording, I simply used Sound Recorder's File→New option to start a second recorder. That showed up in pavucontrol as a separate stream and I set it to record from my microphone.
    – user151313
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 18:26

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Wow, that was quick...I feel guilty for posting this, but I have been struggling to find an answer so I hope this helps someone else:

Taken from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1440833 does exactly what I was looking for...tested and working. The term I used to find the solution was "record internal audio" rather than output/input keywords.

To sum it up:

  • Install pavucontrol (PulseAudio Volume Control) using apt-get or the Ubuntu Software Center.

  • Open PulseAudio Volume Control. It should be in the applications menu under Sound and Video.

  • Open Sound Recorder and start recording. Playing any sound at this point would be helpful, as your level indicator should react once you have finished.

  • Go to the "Recording" tab in the PulseAudio Volume Control window.

  • Make sure that "Applications" is selected in the drop down menu on the "Recording" tab.

  • Choose "Monitor of Internal Audio Analog Atereo" from the "Record Stream from" menu in the Sound Recorder entry of the application list.

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    Hey TryTryAgain, this was really useful and got me on the right track. I can now successfully record my audio output. I'm wondering if you have had any luck recording both input and output simultaneously?
    – Jay
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 14:28
  • @Jay you should open a new question for that, to better help others in the future. askubuntu.com/questions/57319/… will help with simultaneous output (and has been a help to me) not sure if that can help for recording...doubtful, as far as simultaneous recording of input...I have not ever tested or come across anything, sorry. Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 18:04
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    Bonus tip, make sure "Monitor of …" is unmuted on the "Input Devices" tab. You should be able to see the level display moving. Commented Jun 17, 2021 at 9:28

In case VLC does not recognize the pulse:// protocol to record the pulseaudio stream, install the pulse plugin using apt-get install vlc-plugin-pulse.

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