Record Audio

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This recipe shows how to record audio using the MediaRecorder class and play it back with the MediaPlayer class.


  • Create a new Xamarin.Android application named RecordAudio.
  • Add theRECORD_AUDIO permission to the AndroidManifest.xml.
  • Add two buttons to the Main.axml file to start and stop recording.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
        android:text="Start Recording" />
        android:text="Stop Recording" />
  • In the Activity, add class variables for a MediaRecorder and MediaPlayer. Also add class variables for the buttons so we can enable and disable them throughout the Activity lifecycle.
MediaRecorder _recorder;
MediaPlayer _player;
Button _start;
Button _stop;
  • In the OnCreate method, set the content view and add code to get references to the buttons.
protected override void OnCreate (Bundle bundle)
base.OnCreate (bundle);

SetContentView (Resource.Layout.Main);
_start = FindViewById<Button> (Resource.Id.start);
_stop = FindViewById<Button> (Resource.Id.stop);
  • Set the path where the audio file will be written.
string path = "/sdcard/test.3gpp";
  • In the Click event handler for the start button, initialize the recorder and start recording. Also toggle the Enabled property of the buttons.
_start.Click += delegate {
stop.Enabled = !stop.Enabled;
start.Enabled = !start.Enabled;

_recorder.SetAudioSource (AudioSource.Mic);
_recorder.SetOutputFormat (OutputFormat.ThreeGpp);
_recorder.SetAudioEncoder (AudioEncoder.AmrNb);
_recorder.SetOutputFile (path);
_recorder.Prepare ();
       _recorder.Start ();
} ;
  • In the Click event handler for the stop button, stop the recording and playback the audio. Also disable the stop button during playback.
stop.Click += delegate {
stop.Enabled = !stop.Enabled;

_recorder.Stop ();
_recorder.Reset ();

_player.SetDataSource (path);
_player.Prepare ();
_player.Start ();
} ;
  • In the OnResume method of the Activity, create instances of the recorder and player. In the Completion event handler of the MediaPlayer, reset the player and enable the start button.
protected override void OnResume ()
base.OnResume ();

_recorder = new MediaRecorder ();
_player = new MediaPlayer ();

_player.Completion += (sender, e) => {
_player.Reset ();
_start.Enabled = !_start.Enabled;
} ;

  • Release the MediaRecorder and MediaPlayer instances when they are no longer needed, such as in the OnPause method of the Activity.
protected override void OnPause ()
base.OnPause ();

_player.Release ();
_recorder.Release ();
_player.Dispose ();
_recorder.Dispose ();
_player = null;
_recorder = null;

Additional Information

The MediaRecorder class sets up a recording state and then records. When recording stops, the state needs to be reset and reinitialized to record again. Similarly, for the MediaPlayer to play back audio subsequent times, its Reset method must be called after it stops, and its data source must be reinitialized and prepared each time.

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