I don’t know why I never tinkered with ffmpeg before, but it’s the bees knees. I can see it becoming super handy via a bash script or two and more exploring. I’m probably doing some stuff technically wrong here, but it all works. For the linux users who never used ffmpeg:
I’ll give it a go tomorrow with my audio interface to see if I can record 8 audio channels without issues.
I don’t know what for (other than being really light weight), but I might like to have a straight up handy dandy pre-configured recorder or 3 available from the command line. I’m just imagining here typing rec -riff, rec -song, or rec -band, and everything is configured and rolling for those respective situations without any bs and distractions. And likely with video capture to boot. Of course, input levels would still need to be configured, and I think ffmpeg could output some numbers for checking levels. Btw, my run with a Zoom portable recorder didn’t last long. That thing really sucks to use. So much menu diving and and page changing to do very basic things, and it still can’t do some very basic things. A handheld 4-track it is not. I bet something like a Raspberry Pi could be though.
It seems like this could be useful for scripting drum samples too. It’s almost too bad that I got rid of my e-kit. But not really. Real drums rule. But I don’t get to play them much.
And of course, the nice thing here is that ffmpeg is going to already be installed for any linux desktop. So hopefully just some bash scripting can make it a pleasure to use.
I might actually have to pick up the FFmpeg Basics book. See the PDF table of contents. So far everything I have tinkered with is cut+paste, combine this and that piece, man this and that option, trial and error until things work. It seems that some options don’t care much about sequence, where others do. And some options and parameters don’t seem to be documented. Powerful for sure. Just need a structured resource for learning it. I hate buying instructional books anymore though. Far too many are so poorly done in various ways that I almost always regret buying them. And I already have stacks (paper and digital) of lots of useless ones.