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Play audio from audio device connected to Raspberry Pi

Add-On Required: This feature requires the MATLAB Support Package for Raspberry Pi Hardware add-on.



play(audioPlayObj,audio) plays audio from the audio output device connected to the Raspberry Pi® hardware. This function uses the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) driver framework to read audio data.

Simulating this function results in an error. The function is supported only for deployment.


To play audio data with more than two channels, you must have Audio Toolbox™ license.

Input Arguments

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Audio output device connection, specified as a audioplayer object.

Audio data to be played.


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Create a connection from the MATLAB® to the Raspberry Pi board. If you encounter errors after running the above command, try using additional arguments (as listed in raspi) or refer to Troubleshoot Connecting Issues to Raspberry Pi Hardware.


This example uses Audio Toolbox.

mypi = raspi;

Create a raspi_pitchshiftdeployment() function. In this function, connections to the audio input and output devices are created using the audiocapture and audioplayer objects. Modify the properties of the audio objects to match the properties of the device that you are using.

function raspi_pitchshiftdeployment()
% This function is used to deploy an audio processing application to a
% Raspberry Pi. The specific application of interest is pitch-shifting.
% This function takes audio input from a device connected to the Raspberry
% Pi, pitch-shifts this audio input to the desired pitch and then sends
% this output to the playback device connected to the Raspberry Pi

% Copyright 2019 The MathWorks, Inc.

% Create capture and playback system objects for audio processing on
% Raspberry Pi Hardware.

r = raspi();
captureObj = audiocapture(r,'plughw:2,0','SampleRate', 48000, 'SamplesPerFrame', 4800);

playbackObj = audioplayer(r,'plughw:2,0', 'SampleRate', 48000);

% Settings for pitch shifting operation
pitch = -5;         % Pitch shift in semi-tones
overlap = 0.2;      % Overlap of delay line
Fs = 8192;          % Sampling Frequency

pitchShifter = audiopluginexample.PitchShifter('PitchShift',8,'Overlap',0.3);

for k = 1:3000
    % capture audio input from the input device
    input = capture(captureObj);
    % pitch shift the audio input.
    % input is of type int16 and needs to be converted to type double
    % before processing the data. This is because the function shiftPitch
    % expects all its inputs to be of the same data type which in this case
    % is type double
    pitchShifted = zeros(size(double(input)),'like',double(input)); %#ok<PREALL>
    pitchShifter.PitchShift = pitch;
    pitchShifter.Overlap = overlap;
    [pitchShifted] = pitchShifter(double(input));
    % playback audio output using the output device
    % output data needs to be of type int16 and thus pitchShifted
    % which is a double is cast to be of type int16 before being sent to
    % the device

Create a Raspberry Pi configuration object, board.

[board = targetHardware('Raspberry Pi')
board = 
targetHardware with properties:

               Name: 'Raspberry Pi'
      DeviceAddress: ''
           Username: 'pi'
           Password: '*********'
           BuildDir: '/home/pi'
    EnableRunOnBoot: 0
        BuildAction: 'Build, load, and run'
        CoderConfig: [1×1 coder.CodeConfig]

Deploy the raspi_pitchshiftdeployment() function on Raspberry Pi using the configuration object, board. On successful deployment, hold the audio capture device close to your mouth and start speaking. You can hear your pitch shifted voice through the audio playback device.

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MATLAB Connected I/O on the player function is not supported.