More info… Gnome Sound Recorder gives me the following error:
Could not create the GStreamer file output element. Please install the ‘coreelements’ plug-in from the ‘gstreamer’ module. Verify that the installation is correct by running gst-inspect-0.10 filesink and then restart gnome-sound-recorder.
So, I seem to be missing a GStreamer package but I don’t know which one. Searches for coreelements, filesink and fakesink in yast2 and webpin find no matches. I think I’m missing something basic here, suggestions?