SparkFun Papa Soundie Audio Player

The SparkFun Papa Soundie is an audio playback device breaking out VS1000D audio codec IC allowing this little board the ability to decode OGG Vorbis and WAV type files. With an SD card for sound storage and a built-in ATmega328P programmed with Arduino you’ll be adding custom sound effects to your project with less hardware and in a familiar programming environment.

The Papa Soundie is the upgraded version of the Little Soundie with similar areas that allow you, the user, to interact with the board but with more customizable options. The top section of this board contains the Arduino Controls. We’ve broken out 2 analog input pins and 7 digital pins, which includes three PWM pins, SPI and I2C communication pins on the ATMEGA328P to easily control audio playback using sensors and other input.

Up to 32 files can be triggered to play from a micro SD card allowing for more storage space than that allowed on the Little Soundie. To play the audio stored in the SD card, plug in a powered speaker to the 3.5mm jack, upload an Arduino sketch the uses the Papa Soundie library, and start jammin'.

Note: Speakers are required for the Papa Soundie, not headphones. Headphones won’t break anything but you won’t get any sound either.

  • VIN 3.3V-6V, regulated to 3.3V
  • All IO 3.3V logic (not 5V tolerant)
  • Plays audio stored on micro-SD card
  • 4MB flash for boot firmware
  • Uses high-performance license-free OGG Vorbis decoder for compressed audio
  • Also plays .WAV type files
  • Customizable
  • Line-Out stereo analog output with SNR>90dB
  • Supports variable bit-rate and sample rates
  • Built-in Arduino
  • I2C & SPI
  • 2 Analog Inputs
  • 7 Digital IO pins (3 PWM)

SparkFun Papa Soundie Audio Player Product Help and Resources

Papa Soundie Audio Player Hookup Guide

April 26, 2018

Add sound effects to your project, prop or costume with Papa Soundie Audio Player.

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Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

  • FDeLaPena / about 6 years ago / 2

    Can this board continuously play a looping background file and then additional triggered files on top of the looping background file?

  • Member #137254 / about 6 years ago / 1

    Why would it work with Speakers but not Headphones? Did they mean the other way around?

    • LightningHawk / about 6 years ago * / 2

      This isn’t a headphones application. You can plug headphones in, get a tiny amount of sound but the product needs to be used with powered speakers.

  • Member #514055 / about 6 years ago / 1

    What sample rates and bit depths will this handle (WAV)?

    • LightningHawk / about 6 years ago / 1

      The VS1000 developer library contains a simple WAV decoder, which is included in the firmware on the Papa Soundie. Currently the WAV decoder supports 8-bit ulaw, 8-bit linear PCM, and 16-bit linear PCM formats.

      • LightningHawk / about 6 years ago / 1

        This is all the info we have on WAV from VLSI. For ogg type files, it supports 1 or 2 channels, a window size of 64-4096 samples, and a sample rate of up to 48kHz.

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