How to test microphone with Audio Linux Sound Architecture - ALSA -

Sometime a need comes to test microphone for use with VOIP applications such us Skype. The simplest and easiest way to test microphone ( MIC ) on your linux system is to use default alsa tools which come with alsa sound system package. First we need to check if alsa had recognized and our sound device.
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You made a mistake at the last.
arecord hw:1,0 -d 10 /tmp/test-mic.wav

should be
arecord -D hw:1,0 -d 10 /tmp/test-mic.wav



Very helpful. Thanks for posting.