Uros19 Uros19 - 4 months ago 30
Swift Question

How to record audio in wav format in Swift?

I have searched everywhere for this and i couldn't find proper way of doing it. I have succeeded in recording in .wav format, but the problem is, when i try reading raw data from recorded .wav file, some chunks are in wrong place/aren't there at all.

My code for recording audio:

func startRecording(){

let audioSession = AVAudioSession.sharedInstance()

try! audioSession.setCategory(AVAudioSessionCategoryPlayAndRecord)
try! audioSession.setActive(true)
audioSession.requestRecordPermission({(allowed: Bool) -> Void in print("Accepted")} )

let settings: [String : AnyObject] = [

let date = NSDate()

let df = NSDateFormatter()
df.dateFormat = "yyyy-MM-dd-HH:mm:ss"

let dfString = df.stringFromDate(date)

let fullPath = documentsPath.stringByAppendingString("/\(dfString).wav")

recorder = try! AVAudioRecorder(URL: NSURL(string: fullPath)!, settings: settings)
recorder.delegate = self


When i print out data of recorder audio file, i get weird number where 'd' 'a' 't' 'a' should be written, following by zeros. And then, in middle of of data, it appears.

No 64617461 ('d' 'a' 't' 'a') chunk - it should be in place of 464c4c52

64617461 ('d' 'a' 't' 'a') at random spot after a lot of zeros
no 64617461 ('d' 'a' 't' 'a')
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Is there better way of recording wav file? I am not sure why is this happening, so any help would be appreciated. Should i maybe record in other format then convert it to raw?

Thanks and sorry for so many images.


I think only the fmt chunk is guaranteed to come first. It looks like it's fine to have other chunks before the data chunk, so just skip over non-data chunks.

From http://soundfile.sapp.org/doc/WaveFormat/

A RIFF file starts out with a file header followed by a sequence of data chunks.

You need to update your parser :)