pyFLAC: Real-time lossless audio compression in Python #Audio #Python @Sonos

FLAC is the go-to compression algorithm for audio if you want to maintain a perfect reconstruction of the original data. FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Maintained by Xiph.org, it is free and open-source, and remains the most widely supported lossless audio codec. Other audio compression techniques such as MP3 or AAC can remove perceptually redundant information in the signal.

Sonos has created  pyFLAC: a Python library for realtime lossless audio compression using libFLAC.

In the spirit of open-source, we are releasing pyFLAC as a free-to-use package which can be installed directly from PyPi using pip.

pip3 install pyflac

Below is a simple example of how you might use pyFLAC alongside python-sounddevice to capture raw audio data from a microphone, and then add the compressed audio to a queue for processing in a separate thread.

import queue
import pyflac
import sounddevice as sd

class FlacAudioStream:
    def __init__(self):
        self.stream = sd.InputStream(dtype='int16', callback=self.audio_callback)
        self.encoder = pyflac.StreamEncoder(callback=self.encoder_callback,
        sample_rate=self.stream.samplerate)
        self.queue = queue.SimpleQueue()

    def audio_callback(self, indata, frames, sd_time, status):
        self.encoder.process(indata)

    def encoder_callback(self, buffer, num_bytes, num_samples, current_frame):
        self.queue.put(buffer)

audio = FlacAudioStream()
audio.stream.start()

Read more on the Sonos blog.


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