In this project we will make our own audio player with esp 32. This project is a simple project to test a voice output from esp 32.

We can see many projects in the internet to play music with esp 32 using I2S Protocol. For that you need a separate SD card slot where you can plug in your SD card filled with music. You can play that mp3 file of that SD card with the help of speaker by using I2S protocol. In this project we are doing the same thing differently without using SD card module. In this project" ESP 32 Based Audio Player" We have connected one of the DAC pin of Esp -32 to amplifier where two terminals of speaker are connected. The audio output may not be loud but this application shows the ability of the ESP32 board to play audio files.

Bill Of Materials

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PCB Manufacturer

The pcb of this project is manufactured by JLCPCB. The reasons to choose JLCPCB for pcb manufacturing are:

  • Higher Quality
  • Lower Cost
  • Faster Delivery

If you want to order your pcb from jlcpcb just go through the link below:

Block Diagram of ESP 32 Based Audio Player

Block diagram of ESP 32 Based Audio Player

The above is the block diagram of Audio Player which mainly contains power supply, controller, audio amplifier and speaker section.

We have used 5 volt adapter to power up our system. The 5 volt is further step down to 3.3 volt and feed to Esp 32. (if you are designing your own pcb). If you are using esp 32 module you can directly power up the system by micro USB cable. The audio amplifier is connected to DAC pin of ESP 32 which are gpio 25 and gpio 26. The two terminal of simple 8 ohm speaker is connected to audio amplifier.

Circuit diagram

If you are designing your own pcb you must follow following circuit diagram :

Audio Player with esp 32 own circuit diagram

Note : Connect AUDIO pin to DAC pin of ESP 32

If you are using esp 32 module along with audio amplifier module then you can follow below circuit diagram:

Audio Player with esp 32 own circuit diagram

Vcc and ground of audio amplifier is connected to Vin and Gnd of esp 32 respectively and IN pin is connected to Gpio 25 which is DAC pin of esp 32. The two points of the speaker is connected to speaker terminal of audio amplifier.

After connection our system looks as below

Audio Player with esp 32 own circuit diagram

Getting Ready with Audio Files and Arduino IDE

This is the most important part of this project. To play audio sounds on the ESP32 board, we need audio files in .wav  format because ESP32 can play an audio file in .wav  format only.

First of all we must be make the audio file ready that we want to play in our speaker. You can also record your own audio file in this case.

After that, download and install the Audacity Audio Editor App. This app will be used to change the file type, Sample Rate, and other properties.


Once the installation is complete, open the Audacity app and then go to file > Open and select the audio file to edit.


The first thing that needed to be changed is the sampling rate. For playing an audio file on ESP32, a sampling rate of 8000 to 16000 will be good as ESP32 doesn’t have much memory. So change the Project Rate to 16000.


After that, navigate to File > Export > Export as WAV to save the audio file in .wav format.


Now in the next window, select WAV  as file type and Unsigned 8-bit PCM as an Encoding format and then click on Save.


Now we need a Hex Editor app to generate Hex codes for the audio file. So download and install the Hex Editor (HxD) from the given link. We can also use any hex editor as per the comfort. I have used editor in my case. After...

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