PCM audio utilities for Node.js

npm install pcm-utils
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PCM audio utilities for Node.js


  • Interleaving/deinterleaving - Unzip interleaved PCM data into separate channel streams and vice-versa.

  • Mixing - Mix 2 or more PCM channels into one.

  • Format conversion - Transform a stream from one PCM format to another (ie. float to int).

  • Evented - Doesn't block the main loop, thanks to uv_queue_work.

  • Streams2 compatible - Everything's just a pipeable stream.

Note: For sample rate conversion, check out resampler. For playback, try speaker or alsa (which also records).


Install with npm:

$ npm install pcm-utils

or via git:

$ npm install git+https://github.com/xdissent/node-pcm-utils.git


var pcmUtils = require('pcm-utils'),

  // The following variables represent the defaults for all constructors.
  channels = 2,                // 2 channels (left/right)
  format = pcmUtils.FMT_F32LE, // 32 bit little-endian float

  // Available formats: No big-endian support yet!
  // pcmUtils.FMT_F32LE - 32 bit little-endian float
  // pcmUtils.FMT_F32BE - 32 bit big-endian float **Not currently supported**
  // pcmUtils.FMT_S16LE - signed 16 bit little-endian integer
  // pcmUtils.FMT_S16BE - signed 16 bit big-endian integer **Not currently supported**
  // pcmUtils.FMT_U16LE - unsigned 16 bit little-endian integer
  // pcmUtils.FMT_U16BE - unsigned 16 bit big-endian integer **Not currently supported**

  // Unzipper deinterleaves PCM data into multiple single-channel streams.
  unzipper = new pcmUtils.Unzipper(channels, format),

  // Zipper interleaves multiple single-channel PCM streams into one.
  zipper = new pcmUtils.Zipper(channels, format),

  // Mixer mixes multiple channels into a single channel stream.
  mixer = new pcmUtils.Mixer(channels, format),

  // Formatter transforms single-channel PCM data from one format to another,
  // 32 bit little-endian float to signed 16 bit little-endian integer in this case.
  formatter = new pcmUtils.Formatter(format, pcmUtils.FMT_S16LE);

// Read interleaved PCM data from stdin

// Unzip (de-interleave) it then zip it right back up to stdout
unzipper.left.pipe(zipper.left);    // or `unzipper.outputs[0].pipe(zipper.inputs[0]);
unzipper.right.pipe(zipper.right);  // or `unzipper.outputs[1].pipe(zipper.inputs[1]);

// Mix left and right channels and pipe mono to stderr
unzipper.left.pipe(mixer.left);     // or `unzipper.outputs[0].pipe(mixer.inputs[0]);
unzipper.right.pipe(mixer.right);   // or `unzipper.outputs[1].pipe(mixer.inputs[1]);

// Convert the mono mixer output into signed 16 bit little-endian and write to file.
var fs = require('fs'),
  outFileStream = fs.createWriteStream('/tmp/s16le.pcm');
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