2.0.1 • Public • Published

web-audio-analyser experimental

A thin wrapper around the Web Audio API that lets you take some audio and get its waveform/frequency data in return.

Note: If you are streaming from SoundCloud or a similar API, you may need to set up CORS on your Audio source like so:

var audio = new Audio()
audio.crossOrigin = 'Anonymous'
audio.src = url



analyser = require('web-audio-analyser')(audio[, ctx][, opts])

Takes some form of audio as the first argument. This may be one of the following:

  • An <audio> element.
  • A MediaStream object created by calling getUserMedia.
  • Any kind of AudioSourceNode.

Optionally, you can pass in your own AudioContext instance too. Note there may only be one instance of this per page, and if not supplied one will be created for you.

You can also use the following options:

  • stereo: retrieve separate data from the left and right audio channels.
  • audible: whether or not to play the audio you're analysing. Defaults to true, but set this to false to disable. You can use analyser.output to pass the resulting output elsewhere.

analyser.waveform([ui8array][, channel])

Copies the audio's current time-domain data into a Uint8Array. If you don't pass your own in, one will be created for you: this will be reused, so it's safe to call in an animation loop.

If you've enabled the stereo option, you should pass channel as either 0 or 1 to retrieve output from the left and right channels respectively.

analyser.frequencies([ui8array][, channel])

Much like analyser.waveform, with the exception of copying the audio's currrent frequency data into a Uint8Array.


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