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USB Audio

Postby ianbell » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:46 pm

I am trying to send and receive data to/from a USB audio device. The kernel has already attached a driver to it and it appears in the usb devices file system. The question is how to I communicate with it. I am using Python.

I have tried pyusb but that gains access via libusb which only allows root access. I need a user space access. I know it can be done because programs like Audacity and REW already to this. I have also tries the alsaaudio module but it is poorly documented and I am not sure of its support. There must be an easy way to do this - can I just open it like a file and read write to it and the kernel driver takes care of the rest - that would be ideal.


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Re: USB Audio

Postby Bazza » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:28 am

I assume that you have tried pyaudio?
(This uses a derivative of PortAudio to work.)

Or do you want to access the Audio stick HW _directly_?

Plugging it in MIGHT give you either '/dev/dsp' or '/dev/dsp2'...

If either of those appear for the stick then you have access to simple MONO audio record and playback.
At 8 bit unsigned integer depth, mono, sampled at 8KHz this will generate noise, Ctrl-C to quit......

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 cat /dev/urandom > /dev/dsp[2]

......out of the stick's ear port...

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Re: USB Audio

Postby ianbell » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:58 pm

I just discovered pyaudio and it looks to be just what I need. I have managed to obtain the list devices and I think I can iterate through them to find the one I want.Unfortunately the docs major on using the default device but that is not what I need.

Thanks for the tip.

I do not have a /dev/dspx but I do have /dev/snd/by-id/ where my device is listed. I'll try your console code there.


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