audio visualization on the Ben?

Jane Andreas JaneAndreas at
Mon Mar 5 23:38:34 EST 2012

It looks like the script you linked to first requires both sox and gnuplot, is that right? This is quite amazing and is just what I was looking for! Does this require a window manager?

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  From: Xiangfu Liu
  Sent: 03/05/12 08:09 PM
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  Subject: Re: audio visualization on the Ben?
On 03/06/2012 03:57 AM, Jane Andreas wrote:
> Hi, I am brainstorming for ideas on how to turn recorded audio on the
> Ben into an image, in the same way that Audacity or other sound
> recorders do only not in real-time. A while back I heard of
> octave-audio, but would that give a similar waveform image? Maybe
> someone knows of a lightweight tool that allows you to view the audio
> that way?

Hi Jane

I search a little on 'audio waveform image' found this one:
works just fine under Ben Nanonote:
attach is one png file I created by nanonote.

there is one option on sox can direct output png file: 'spectrogram'
but I didn't make it work under ben nanonote.

also there is another option on 'sox' --plot. I have tested in nanonote. works fine

 --plot gnuplot|octave|off
 If not set to off (the default if --plot is not given), run in a
 mode that can be used, in conjunction with the gnuplot program
 or the GNU Octave program, to assist with the selection and con-
 figuration of many of the transfer-function based effects. For
 the first given effect that supports the selected plotting pro-
 gram, SoX will output commands to plot the effect’s transfer
 function, and then exit without actually processing any audio.

 sox --plot octave input-file -n highpass 1320 > plot.m
 octave plot.m

we also have the 'Gtkguitune' not sure is this one helpful   

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