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ReSpeaker 4-Mic Linear Array Kit for Raspberry Pi

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Seeed’s ReSpeaker 4-Mic Linear Array Kit is an extension board, aka HAT designed for Raspberry Pi. It's a linear microphone array kit, comes with four microphones and designed for AI and voice applications. That means you can build a more powerful and flexible voice product with Raspberry Pi which can integrate Amazon Alexa Voice Service, Google Assistant, and so on.

ReSpeaker 4-Mic Linear Array Kit for Raspberry Pi consists of two boards, one is voice accessory HAT, another is four microphones linear array.

ReSpeaker 4-Mic Linear Array Kit for Raspberry Pi support 8 input & 8 output channels in Raspberry Pi OS. The first 6 input channels for microphone recording (only first 4 input channels are valid capture data), rest of 2 input channel are echo channel of playback. The first 2 output channel are for sound output, the rest of 6 output channels are dummy.

Features

  • 2 ADC chips and 1 DAC chip
  • 8 input and 8 output channels
  • Four microphones array
  • Grove support
  • Raspberry Pi compatible (Support Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W, Raspberry Pi B+, Raspberry Pi 2 B, Raspberry Pi 3 B, Raspberry Pi 3 B+, Raspberry Pi 3 A+ and Raspberry Pi 4)
  • Headset and speaker voice output

Specification

  • 2 x X-Power AC108 ADC
  • 4 x high performance analog microphones
  • 1 x X-Power AC101 DAC
  • Voice output:
    • 3.5mm headset audio jack
    • Speaker jack
  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi 40-pin headers
  • Microphones: MSM321A3729H9BP
  • Sensitivity: -22 dBFS (Omnidirectional)
  • SNR: 59 dB
  • Max Sample Rate: 48Khz

Application Ideas

  • Smart speaker
  • Intelligent voice assistant systems
  • Voice recorders
  • Voice conferencing system
  • Meeting communicating equipment
  • Voice interacting robot
  • Car voice assistant
  • Other scenarios need voice command

Hardware Overview

System Diagram

Interface

Note

After connecting, be sure to use a multimeter to determine if the conduction of the circuit is as indicated in the figure above.

Assembly drawing

Getting Started

Connect ReSpeaker 4-Mic Array to Raspberry Pi

Step 1. Connect the ReSpeaker Voice Accessory HAT with ReSpeaker 4-Mic linear Array via the Ribbon Cable

Step 2. Plug the ReSpeaker Voice Accessory HAT into the Raspberry Pi via the 40 Pin GPIO

Step 3. Plug the earphone into the 3.5mm headset audio jack or plug the speaker into the JST 2.0 speaker jack

Step 4. Connect the Raspberry Pi with the PC via the micro-USB cable

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Software

Step 1. Install seeed-voicecard

Get the seeed voice card source code. and install all linux kernel drivers.

sudo apt-get update
git clone https://github.com/respeaker/seeed-voicecard.git
cd seeed-voicecard
sudo ./install.sh  
sudo reboot

Step 2. Check the Sound Card

Tap the command below to check the record device.

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ arecord -L

It should be like:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ arecord -L
null
    Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)
default
    Playback/recording through the PulseAudio sound server
ac108
dmixer
ac101
sysdefault:CARD=seeed8micvoicec
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Default Audio Device
dmix:CARD=seeed8micvoicec,DEV=0
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Direct sample mixing device
dsnoop:CARD=seeed8micvoicec,DEV=0
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Direct sample snooping device
hw:CARD=seeed8micvoicec,DEV=0
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Direct hardware device without any conversions
plughw:CARD=seeed8micvoicec,DEV=0
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Hardware device with all software conversions

Use the following command to check the play device.

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ aplay -L

It should be like:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ aplay -L
null
    Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)
default
    Playback/recording through the PulseAudio sound server
ac108
dmixer
ac101
sysdefault:CARD=ALSA
    bcm2835 ALSA, bcm2835 ALSA
    Default Audio Device
dmix:CARD=ALSA,DEV=0
    bcm2835 ALSA, bcm2835 ALSA
    Direct sample mixing device
dmix:CARD=ALSA,DEV=1
    bcm2835 ALSA, bcm2835 IEC958/HDMI
    Direct sample mixing device
dsnoop:CARD=ALSA,DEV=0
    bcm2835 ALSA, bcm2835 ALSA
    Direct sample snooping device
dsnoop:CARD=ALSA,DEV=1
    bcm2835 ALSA, bcm2835 IEC958/HDMI
    Direct sample snooping device
hw:CARD=ALSA,DEV=0
    bcm2835 ALSA, bcm2835 ALSA
    Direct hardware device without any conversions
hw:CARD=ALSA,DEV=1
    bcm2835 ALSA, bcm2835 IEC958/HDMI
    Direct hardware device without any conversions
plughw:CARD=ALSA,DEV=0
    bcm2835 ALSA, bcm2835 ALSA
    Hardware device with all software conversions
plughw:CARD=ALSA,DEV=1
    bcm2835 ALSA, bcm2835 IEC958/HDMI
    Hardware device with all software conversions
sysdefault:CARD=seeed8micvoicec
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Default Audio Device
dmix:CARD=seeed8micvoicec,DEV=0
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Direct sample mixing device
dsnoop:CARD=seeed8micvoicec,DEV=0
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Direct sample snooping device
hw:CARD=seeed8micvoicec,DEV=0
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Direct hardware device without any conversions
plughw:CARD=seeed8micvoicec,DEV=0
    seeed-8mic-voicecard, 
    Hardware device with all software conversions

Step 3. Record and Play

You can record then play, or you can record and play at the same time.

#It will capture sound on AC108 and save as a.wav
arecord -Dac108 -f S32_LE -r 16000 -c 8 a.wav
#Take care of that the captured mic audio is on the first 6 channels

#It will play sound file a.wav on AC101
aplay -D ac101 a.wav
#Do not use -D plughw:1,0 directly except your wave file is single channel only.

Note

Limit for developer using 4-Mic Linear Array Kit doing capture & playback the same time:

-1. capture must be start first, or else the capture channels will possibly be disorder.

-2. playback output channels must fill with 8 same channels data or 4 same stereo channels data, or else the speaker or headphone will output nothing possibly.

-3. If you want to play and record at the same time, the aplay music file must be mono, or you can not use this command to play.

Also you can play and record with Audacity.

Tips

You should open Audacity via VNC or you can just use a monitor to open it

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install audacity
$ audacity                      // run audacity

Usage overview

To run the following examples, clone https://github.com/respeaker/4mics_hat.git repository to your Raspberry Pi

git clone https://github.com/respeaker/4mics_hat.git

All the Python scripts, mentioned in the examples below can be found inside this repository. To install the necessary dependencies, from mic_hat repository folder, run

sudo apt-get install portaudio19-dev libatlas-base-dev
pip3 install -r requirements.txt

Record sound with Python

We use PyAudio python library to record sound with Python.

First, run the following script to get the device index number of 2 Mic pi hat:

python3 recording_examples/get_device_index.py

You will see the device ID as below.

Input Device id  2  -  seeed-8mic-voicecard: - (hw:1,0)

To record the sound, open recording_examples/record.py file with nano or other text editor and change RESPEAKER_INDEX = 2 to index number of ReSpeaker on your system. Then run python script record.py to make a recording:

python3 recording_examples/record.py
  • Step 6. If you want to extract channel 0 data from 8 channels, have a look at the content of record_one_channel.py. For other channel X, please change [0::8] to [X::8].
python3 recording_examples/record_one_channel.py

To play the recorded samples you can either use aplay system utility, for example

aplay -f cd -Dhw:0 output.wav #for Stereo sound
aplay -D plughw:0,0 output_one_channel.wav #for Mono sound from one channel

FAQ

Q1: There are only 4 Mic in the Mic Array, how could it be 8 channels?

A1: There are 2 AC108 in this array, and each AC108 chip has 4 channel output. So it comes a total of 8 channels here, 4 of which are for the microphone, two channels for the playback and the the rest 2 channels are not used.

Q2: If Raspberry can detect ReSpeaker 2-mics hat, but can't detect ReSpeaker 4-mics linear array?

A2: Please click raspberry -> Preferences -> Raspberry Pi Configuration, then select the Interfaces tab, make sure the 1-Wire is Disabled.

Resources

Projects

Mojing Mojing - A Smart Mirror with ReSpeaker!: A smart mirror with voice interface control via ReSpeaker. We also connect with Wio Link to control other objects! Based on Raspberry Pi.

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