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Node-style stream for getUserMedia

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If you just want to get some audio data from your microphone, this is what you're looking for!

Converts a MediaStream (from getUserMedia) into a standard Node.js-style stream for easy pipe()ing.

Note: This only works in a limited set of browsers (typically with with webpack or browserify), and then only for https or localhost in Chrome. It does not work in Node.js.


var getUserMedia = require('get-user-media-promise');
var MicrophoneStream = require('microphone-stream');
getUserMedia({ video: false, audio: true })
  .then(function(stream) {
    var micStream = new MicrophoneStream(stream);
    // get Buffers (Essentially a Uint8Array DataView of the same Float32 values) 
    micStream.on('data', function(chunk) {
      // Optionally convert the Buffer back into a Float32Array 
      // (This actually just creates a new DataView - the underlying audio data is not copied or modified.) 
      var raw = MicrophoneStream.toRaw(chunk)
      // note: if you set options.objectMode=true, the `data` event will output AudioBuffers instead of Buffers 
    // or pipe it to another stream 
    // It also emits a format event with various details (frequency, channels, etc) 
    micStream.on('format', function(format) {
    // Stop when ready 
    document.getElementById('my-stop-button').onclick = function() {
  }).catch(function(error) {


new MicrophoneStream(stream, opts) -> Readable Stream

Where opts is an option object, with defaults:

  objectMode: false,
  bufferSize: null
  • bufferSize: Possible values: null, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384. From Mozilla's Docs:

It is recommended for authors to not specify this buffer size and allow the implementation to pick a good buffer size to balance between latency and audio quality.

  • objectMode: if true, stream enters objectMode and emits AudioBuffers instead of Buffers. This has implications for pipe()'ing to other streams.


Stops the recording. Note: Some versions of Firefox leave the recording icon in place after recording has stopped.

Event: data

Emits either a Buffer with raw 32-bit Floating point audio data, or if objectMode is set, an AudioBuffer containing the data + some metadata.

Event: format

One-time event with details of the audio format. Example:

  channels: 1,
  bitDepth: 32,
  sampleRate: 48000,
  signed: true,
  float: true

MicrophoneStream.toRaw(Buffer) -> Float32Array

Converts a Buffer (from a data event or from calling .read()) back to the original Float32Array DataView format. (The underlying audio data is not copied or modified.)