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From: Ariel Elkin <>
Subject: System audio recording have very low amplitude
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:39:57 +0100
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I’m using sox to record the audio produced by the system (i.e. from the OS and other running apps), but the recordings sound very quiet.

I first create a virtual input/output device using Blackhole ( <>) or Loopback ( <>). I then start playback of a file using iTunes, and start recording thus:

rec --rate 44100 --channels 2 --no dither test-output.aiff

(Note that this spits out the following error messages:
rec WARN formats: can't set sample rate 44100; using 48000
rec WARN formats: can't set 2 channels; using 16

However, test-output.aiff ends up being a stereo file at 44.1 kHz)

test-output.aiff properly records system audio, but the mean amplitude is about half the mean amplitude of the original sounds I played back. 

Any thoughts? 



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             reply	other threads:[~2020-07-29  9:40 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-29  9:39 Ariel Elkin [this message]
2020-07-29 20:04 ` Jeremy Nicoll - ml sox users
2020-07-30 13:30 Ariel Elkin
2020-07-30 15:01 ` Måns Rullgård

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