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In this recipe, we will show how to play sounds in the Notebook. We will also illustrate the effect of simple digital filters on speech sounds.

Getting ready

You need the pydub package. You can install it with pip install pydub or download it from https://github.com/jiaaro/pydub/.

This package requires the open source multimedia library FFmpeg for the decompression of MP3 files, available at http://www.ffmpeg.org.

How to do it

1.  Let's import the packages:

from io import BytesIO
import tempfile
import requests
import numpy as np
import scipy.signal as sg
import pydub
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from IPython.display import Audio, display
%matplotlib inline

2.  We create a Python function that loads a MP3 sound and returns a NumPy array with the raw sound data:

def speak(data):
    # We convert the mp3 bytes to wav.
    audio = pydub.AudioSegment.from_mp3(BytesIO(data))
    with tempfile.TemporaryFile() as fn:
        wavef = audio.export(fn, format='wav')
        wave = wavef.read()
    # We get the raw data by removing the 24 first
    # bytes of the header.
    x = np.frombuffer(wave, np.int16)[24:] / 2.**15
    return x, audio.frame_rate

3.  We create a function that plays a sound (represented by a NumPy vector) in the Notebook, using IPython's Audio class:

def play(x, fr, autoplay=False):
    display(Audio(x, rate=fr, autoplay=autoplay))

4.  Let's play a sound that had been obtained from http://www.fromtexttospeech.com:

url = ('https://github.com/ipython-books/'
voice = requests.get(url).content
x, fr = speak(voice)
play(x, fr)
fig, ax = plt.subplots(1, 1, figsize=(8, 4))
t = np.linspace(0., len(x) / fr, len(x))
ax.plot(t, x, lw=1)

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5.  Now, we will hear the effect of a Butterworth low-pass filter applied to this sound (500 Hz cutoff frequency):

b, a = sg.butter(4, 500. / (fr / 2.), 'low')
x_fil = sg.filtfilt(b, a, x)
play(x_fil, fr)
fig, ax = plt.subplots(1, 1, figsize=(8, 4))
ax.plot(t, x, lw=1)
ax.plot(t, x_fil, lw=1)

<matplotlib.figure.Figure at 0x4865470>

We hear a muffled voice.

6.  Now, with a high-pass filter (1000 Hz cutoff frequency):

b, a = sg.butter(4, 1000. / (fr / 2.), 'high')
x_fil = sg.filtfilt(b, a, x)
play(x_fil, fr)
fig, ax = plt.subplots(1, 1, figsize=(6, 3))
ax.plot(t, x, lw=1)
ax.plot(t, x_fil, lw=1)

<matplotlib.figure.Figure at 0x7ba7b70>

It sounds like a phone call.

7.  Finally, we can create a simple widget to quickly test the effect of a high-pass filter with an arbitrary cutoff frequency: We get a slider that lets us change the cutoff frequency and hear the effect in real-time.

from ipywidgets import widgets

@widgets.interact(t=(100., 5000., 100.))
def highpass(t):
    b, a = sg.butter(4, t / (fr / 2.), 'high')
    x_fil = sg.filtfilt(b, a, x)
    play(x_fil, fr, autoplay=True)

Interactive sound widget

How it works...

The human ear can hear frequencies up to 20 kHz. The human voice frequency band ranges from approximately 300 Hz to 3000 Hz.

Digital filters were described in Chapter 10, Signal Processing. The example given here allows us to hear the effect of low- and high-pass filters on sounds.

There's more...

Here are a few references:

See also

  • Creating a sound synthesizer in the Notebook