Audio Processing with Python

Sometimes, while doing programming, we need to go through some audio processing stuff. Some of the most used audio processing tasks in programming include – loading and saving audio files, splitting and appending the audio files into segments, creating mix audio files using different data, manipulating the levels of sound, applying some filters, and generating audio tuning and maybe more.

All of these kinds of stuff can be achieved with Python. Python is a flexible language; it provides libraries for almost every task you have ever heard of. For Audio Processing, Python provides Pydub, which is a very simple, and well-designed module.

Installing Pydub

Just like all other modules in Python Pydub also can be easily installed by using a simple command – pip install pydub.

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Audio Processing: Loading and Playing

AudioSegment is the parent class in Pydub. It plays the role of a container that can load, manipulate, and save audio files. Let’s create our first audio with python. For this, we will need a test file, which could be in any format like WAV, MP3, or anyone. In this article, I will download an audio file just like we scrape data from the web:

import urllib.request from pydub import AudioSegment from pydub.playback import play # Download an audio file urllib.request.urlretrieve("", "metallic-drums.wav") # Load into PyDub loop = AudioSegment.from_wav("metallic-drums.wav") # Play the result play(loop)

Basic Audio Processing

As we have loaded our audio, now we can perform various types of audio processing, let’s start from some necessary steps by repeating an audio file:

# Repeat 2 times loop2 = loop * 2 # Get length in milliseconds length = len(loop2) # Set fade time fade_time = int(length * 0.5) # Fade in and out faded = loop2.fade_in(fade_time).fade_out(fade_time)

Layering Audio

Above we simply repeated the audio, now let’s layer and mix different audio segments with different levels of manipulation:

# Download another loop urllib.request.urlretrieve("", "beat.wav") # Load into PyDub beat = AudioSegment.from_wav("beat.wav") # Mix with our original loop mixed = beat[:length].overlay(loop2)

Audio Processing: Applying Filters

Now, let’s move further with bringing everything together by applying filters and reversing audio effects:

# Filter the beat at 3kHz filtered = beat.low_pass_filter(3000) # Mix loop2 with a reversed, panned version loop = loop2.reverse().pan(-0.5).overlay(loop2.pan(0.5)) # Mix our filtered beat with the new loop at -3dB final = filtered.overlay(loop2 - 3, loop=True)

Now if you want to save your audio file, you can easily do it as below:

final.export("final.mp3", format="mp3")

Synthesizing Tunes

Apart from all the steps of manipulating the sound we have covered above, we can also synthesize new tones. These tones can be sine, square, manipulating waves at any frequency. We can also perform white noise. In the example below, I will show the sine method to produce sine tuning for the initial 15 intervals in a harmonic way:

# Create an empty AudioSegment result = AudioSegment.silent(duration=0) # Loop over 0-14 for n in range(15): # Generate a sine tone with frequency 200 * n gen = Sine(200 * n) # AudioSegment with duration 200ms, gain -3 sine = gen.to_audio_segment(duration=200).apply_gain(-3) # Fade in / out sine = sine.fade_in(50).fade_out(100) # Append the sine to our result result += sine # Play the result play(result)

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