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node-aplay

1.0.3 • Public • Published

node-aplay

ALSA aplay wrapper for Node.js

This module was initially intended to provide basic audio capabilities in the Raspbian distribution of Debian on a Raspberry Pi platform. Node-aplay should however work on any Debian/Ubuntu system providing ALSA support has been installed.

ALSA stands for Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. It is a suite of hardware drivers, libraries and utilities which provide audio and MIDI functionality for the Linux operating system.

aplay is a simple native ALSA wav player.

Installation

Debian/Ubuntu/Raspbian

Get ready

Before we start the real work, please update the system.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

If you are running on Raspberry Pi, please update Raspbian

sudo rpi-update

Install ALSA for audio playback

sudo apt-get install alsa-base alsa-utils

USB Audio on Raspberry Pi

If you are planning on using a USB audio on Raspberry Pi you will need to set your USB audio device as the default device.

Edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and replaced the line:

options snd-usb-audio index=-2

With the followin lines:

options snd-usb-audio index=0 nrpacks=1
options snd-bcm2835 index=-2

After a reboot of your Raspberry Pi

aplay -l

Should output the following:

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: XXXX [XXXX], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Your device volume will be set to 0 by default. Use the ALSA mixer to adjust the volume using your arrow keys:

alsamixer

Example Usage

var Sound = require('node-aplay');
 
// fire and forget:
new Sound('/path/to/the/file/filename.wav').play();
 
// with ability to pause/resume:
var music = new Sound('/path/to/the/file/filename.wav');
music.play();
 
setTimeout(function () {
    music.pause(); // pause the music after five seconds
}, 5000);
 
setTimeout(function () {
    music.resume(); // and resume it two seconds after pausing
}, 7000);
 
// you can also listen for various callbacks:
music.on('complete' function () {
    console.log('Done with playback!');
});

It's simple as that.

Documentation

In progress.

install

npm i node-aplay

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version

1.0.3

license

MIT

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