Adafruit Wave Shield for Arduino Kit - v1.1
Adafruit Wave Shield for Arduino Kit - v1.1

Adafruit Wave Shield for Arduino Kit - v1.1

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Part Number:ASD1194
Arudino, SD Card, Headphones, and speaker are not included

Soldering Required

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The Wave Shield Tutorial

Adding quality audio to an electronic project is surprisingly difficult. Here is a shield for Arduinos that solves this problem. It can play up to 22KHz, 12bit uncompressed audio files of any length. It's low cost, available as an easy-to-make kit. It has an onboard DAC, filter and op-amp for high quality output. Audio files are read off of an SD/MMC card, which are available at nearly any store. Volume can be controlled with the onboard thumbwheel potentiometer.

This shield is a kit, and comes with all parts you need to build it except wire.

Arduino, SD card, tools, speaker and headphones are not included. It is fairly easy to construct and anyone with a successful soldering project under their belt should be able to build it.

The there is an Arduino library in the tutorial for easy use; simply drag uncompressed wave files onto an SD card and plug it in. Then use the library to play audio when buttons are pressed, or when a sensor goes off, or when serial data is received, etc. Audio is played asynchronously as an interrupt, so the Arduino can perform tasks while the audio is playing.
  • Can play any uncompressed 22KHz, 16bit, mono Wave (.wav) files of any size. While it isnt CD quality, it is certainly good enough to play music, have spoken word, or audio effects.
  • Output is mono, into L and R channels, standard 3.5mm headphone jack and a connection for a speaker that is switched on when the headphones are unplugged
  • Files are read off of a FAT16/FAT32-formatted SD/MMC card
  • Included library and examples makes playing audio easy
  • Please note that the library is rather bulky, requiring 10K of flash and more than 1/2 K of RAM for buffering audio. It works fine using an yATmega328-based Arduino (Duemilanove, Uno or compatible).
  • This shield is not Mega or Leonardo compatible!
More information, including design notes, schematics, library, examples, etc is at the Wave Shield webpage

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