Nodejs audio, lesson 4: apply some audio effects to your voice

August 04, 2021

As we learned in lesson 1 and lesson 2, your mic is a readable stream and your speakers are a writable stream, to make them work together you just need to pipe them.

But what if we want to apply some audio effects to our voice?

for this we are gonna put `something` in the between of those 2 streams. this something is gonna be an npm library called sox-audio

let’s install it with

npm install -s sox-audio

then let’s create a file:

touch lesson_04__p1_audio_effects.js

and let’s add this code in it:

lesson 4 apply some audio effects to your voice 0

find the full code here

now run

node lesson_04__p1_audio_effects.js

and try to talk: you should hear your voice like you are inside of a garage. I suggest you to use an headset during your tests, if you don’t you will add an echo in your voice and you will probably not be able to appreciate reverb effect.

Tell me more about audio effects

In general, sox-audio is just a wrapper on top of sox, so you can search online how to apply effects, but when you call addEffect you are colling the cli command under the hood, so you can take any example of sox usage and apply the same params. here is a good article to start:


check out the lesson 4 part 2 file here:

you can specify a number from 0 to 3, corrisponding to a different effect:

node lesson_04__p2_multiple_audio_effects.js 3  

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My name is Jurgo Boemo. I'm a Node.js developer at Vonage. My team does the Conversation API, and I try to convince people it's a good idea. This is my tech blog.