Use case or problem
I love Obsidian and I’ve moved my entire life into it over the past 3 months. But I can’t get over how neglected the audio recording/playback functionality is.
- You can’t scrub/skip through your recorded audio file
- The .webm format is extremely non-standard in the audio world, and makes everything about this more cumbersome. Recording in WAV would be so much easier to work with.
This is the only feature I badly miss from Evernote - the simple ability to reliably record audio, sync it across devices, scrub through it with a standard player, and drag the file out into other software later.
I’m disappointed to see the tone of the responses to bug reports about this - users are told to “download a new codec,” which is very opaque, nonsensical for iOS devices, and leaves us searching for random websites to make a basic feature work. I’m on a brand new Mac, latest OS, latest version of Obsidian, no theme, in safe mode. Still doesn’t work at all.
Take this thread from August 2020:
Can’t Skip Forward in Audio Recordings
Answer given: “1. update to a newinstaller version of obsidian. 2. install newer codecs in your system.” But subsequent “That doesn’t help me” responses are ignored.
Or this thread, where users still can’t get it to work in September 2021, but the topic is closed:
Have audio record in .mp3 instead of .webm?
I’m an audio engineer and musician, and this is the only dealbreaker for me in Obsidian. I can imagine this is also very hard for anyone who simply wants to record some notes into the software to process them later. I’m completely invested in the app, pay for Sync, etc. Please address this and give us an audio recorder with the functionality of Evernote’s. It feels like this feature is an afterthought, and it needs some attention.
I apologize for the frustrated tone of this post. I love this app. I just want it to work well in this crucial area for me.
Rework this feature so it uses a standard audio format, preferably WAV. Reliable scrubbing on all platforms.
Current workaround (optional)
None. I have to record audio in any other app and find a way to send it to myself and drag it into my notes. It’s a nightmare to use.