Extract the audio from an MP4 video file using avconv

At times, we would like to extract the audio from an MP4 video file. To do this in Linux, open a terminal window in Ubuntu and use the utility called avconv as follows:$ avconv -i MyVideoFile.mp4 -vn -acodec copy MyAudioFile.aac <enter> where, MyVideoFile.mp4 is your mp4 video file. You can then listen to the MyAudioFile.aac … Continue reading Extract the audio from an MP4 video file using avconv

15 band equalizer with Pulseaudio Equalizer in Linux

You can get a 15 band sound equalizer on Linux. Looking around for presets for mplayer yielded no success on the internet. Finally, chanced upon pulseaudio equalizer project. You can install it on Fedora using: # yum install pulseaudio-equalizer <enter> After that, run it from the Sound and Video applications on your desktop. You can … Continue reading 15 band equalizer with Pulseaudio Equalizer in Linux

Convert audio CD to MP3 using Sound Converter in Ubuntu

While there are many tools to convert audio CD's from one format to another, here's another way to convert audio CDs to MP3 in Ubuntu. Insert the audio CD you want to convert in the CD drive Copy the tracks on the audio CD to wav files using: $ cdparanoia -B <enter> To convert to … Continue reading Convert audio CD to MP3 using Sound Converter in Ubuntu

5.1 Surround Sound in Linux – Gnome MPlayer

You can get full 5.1 surround sound in Linux using Gnome MPlayer. Here is what needs to be done. Install Gnome MPlayer and mplayer following the instructions using your distribution's repository. Visit http://www.lynnemusic.com/surround.html to download a 5.1 surround sound audio file to test the settings. Start up Gnome Mplayer. Select Edit -> Preferences from the … Continue reading 5.1 Surround Sound in Linux – Gnome MPlayer

USB sound card for laptops without 3.5 mm headset jacks

After damage to 2 high end Logitech headsets I owned after the use of unbranded USB sound cards, I finally settled for an economical, higher end USB sound card. The Steel Series Siberia USB Sound card. It is advertised as a very good card for gaming, but I also found it most suited for use … Continue reading USB sound card for laptops without 3.5 mm headset jacks