After importing a sound file, how can I generate a time series (preferably as an $n\times 1$ matrix) which gives the intensity at equal time intervals?


Let the imported sound be

sound = ExampleData[{"Sound", "JetSound"}]

One can extract the SampledSoundList with


This example has 2 channels and a sampling rate of 44100 Hz, as can be seen not only in the sound object box, but also from

Length@sound[[1, 1]]


sound[[1, 2]]


To get the list of the amplitudes of the first channel one can use

channel1Amp = sound[[1, 1, 1]];

and generate a plot of these amplitudes using

ListPlot[channel1Amp, PlotRange -> All, Frame -> True]


The amplitudes of the second channel are

channel2Amp = sound[[1, 1, 2]];


Downsampling the first channel by a factor of 5

channel1AmpDS = Downsample[channel1Amp, 5];

ListPlot[channel1AmpDS, PlotRange -> All, Frame -> True]


There is also Upsample and the more general ArrayResample that can be used to change the sampling rate.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you please tell me how to change the sampling rate? $\endgroup$ – Sankhadip Chakraborty Jun 22 '15 at 13:59
  • $\begingroup$ @SankhadipChakraborty The question in your comment isn't very specific. Please check the edit of my answer. Hope you didn't mean something like newSound = sound; newSound[[1, -1]] = 10000; newSound. $\endgroup$ – Karsten 7. Jun 22 '15 at 15:32

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