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This page is a draft description / to-do list for my 1st application "voicenote"




Voicenote is a script which allows to record any sound from the microphone into a wav file. It is intended to be an easy and quick way to do so.

It is based on the arecord / aplay librairy and use the alsactl to change the audio scenario ( /usr/share/openmoko/scenarios/voip-handset.state restore is used) .

It uses zenity as a basic graphical gui.



You need zenity and alsa-utils-aplay to make it work.


So to install it, you can do :

opkg install alsa-utils-aplay

For SHR user, you might use the -force-depends option to avoid the error with gtk+fastscaling

Debian base distributions

I have not made a package yet. So if you want to try it, you have to use the script alone :

apt-get install zenity alsa-utils-aplay
cd ~
chmod +x voicenote

To launch it, do

cd ~

Using voicenote

  • Click on the desktop icon Voicenote.png called "Voicenote" to load the software
  • 1st window
Click Validate to start recording.
Then wait for the next window to start speaking

You validate then wait for the 2nd window to show up before talking to your phone

  • 2nd window:
Click Validate to STOP recording

Just click when you have recorded what you want

  • 3rd window:
Your voice-note has been recorded under the filename

It just confirms that the voice note has been recorded, and display the name of the file.

For now, the wav files are saved in the ~/ folder, with a "voicenote_" prefix and the date and time (YYYY-MM-DD_HH-MI)

For example: voicenote_2009-02-20_12-34.wav means a this voice note has been recorded at 12:34 the 20th of feb 2009.


2009-02-24 - v0.2

2nd version:

  • GPL license added
  • the user can select the wave files destination folder at the first startup (and then modify it in the file ~/.voicenote/voicenote.cfg
  • the wave file is now recorded in mono at 8000 kHz (which saves a lot of CPU and bytes)
  • addition of comments in the script
  • the script is called "voicenote", and not anymore ""

2009-02-19 - v0.1

initial version

Futur improvement / To do list

  • add a README text file
  • package it for debian
  • add the GPS date and time information (+/- latitude and longitude) so that each wav file can be used for OpenStreetMap mapping.
  • allow the user to choose the microphone source (headset or handset)
  • enable job control (set -m in th script)
  • a front-end listing all the recorded voice notes, with a button to play one of them
  • more language
  • replace zenity by a real frontend as EFL ?