ReSpeaker Mic Array



The ReSpeaker Mic Array can be stacked (connected) right onto the top of ReSpeaker Core to significantly improve the voice interaction experience. It is developed based on the XVSM-2000 Smart Microphone from XMOS. The board integrates 7 PDM microphones to help enhance ReSpeaker’s acoustic DSP performance to a much higher level.

Key Features

  • Far-field Voice Capture
  • Acoustic Source Localization
  • Beamforming
  • Noise Suppression
  • De-reverberation
  • Acoustic Echo Cancellation

Technology Specs

  • XVSM-2000 with 16 cores inside:
    • 16 real-time logical cores on 2 xCore tiles.
    • Cores share up to 2000 MIPS in dual issue mode.
    • 512KB internal single-cycle SRAM and 2MB built-in flash.
    • 16KB internal OTP (max 8KB per tile),
    • USB PHY, fully compliant with USB 2.0 specification.
    • Programmable I/O.
    • Supply DFU Mode.
  • 7 Digital Microphones:
    • far field voice recognition or sound localization usefulness.
    • ST MP34DT01-M.
    • -26 dBFS sensitivity.
    • 120 dBSPL acoustic overload point.
    • 61 dB signal-to-noise ratio.
    • Omnidirectional sensitivity.
    • PDM output.
  • 12 RGB LEDs:
    • 256 levels brightness.
    • 800kHz line data transmission.
  • Audio output:
    • On board 3.5mm Aux output.
    • WOLFSON WM8960.
    • 24 or 16bit 16kHz stereo output.
    • 40 mW output Power into 16 Ω @ 3.3 V.
  • Clock Sync:
    • On board PLL.
    • Programmable sample clock for DAC,MIC. (Disable if DSP is used in XVSM-2000).
  • Power supply:
    • 5V supply from Micro USB or expansion header.
  • Size:
    • Diameter 70mm.
  • Weight:
    • 15.25g

Driver for ReSpeaker Mic Array

  • For Windows Users, click here to install the driver
  • For Linux or Mac Users, don’t need to install the driver

Extract voice with ReSpeaker Core

When Mic Array is stacked on ReSpeaker Core, it will be detected(check with aplay -l) automatically. And we recommand that you could using our respeaker_python_library to develop your speech interaction application so that you don’t need to care about if the Mic Array is on or not. Our library will check this and choose Mic Array when it is on.

Also, in that library, class Microphone, which is based on Pyaudio, has a method named listen, to extract voice. See our example code here for usage.

Extract voice on PC or Mac or Linux or Raspberry Pi

Here is an example also based on Pyaudio:

First, you need to run the following script to get the device index number of Mic Array:

import pyaudio

p = pyaudio.PyAudio()
info = p.get_host_api_info_by_index(0)
numdevices = info.get('deviceCount')

for i in range(0, numdevices):
        if (p.get_device_info_by_host_api_device_index(0, i).get('maxInputChannels')) > 0:
            print "Input Device id ", i, " - ", p.get_device_info_by_host_api_device_index(0, i).get('name')

Then, change RESPEAKER_INDEX = 1 to your index number. Run the script to record a speech.

import pyaudio
import wave

# run to get index
CHUNK = 1024

p = pyaudio.PyAudio()

stream =

print("* recording")

frames = []

for i in range(0, int(RESPEAKER_RATE / CHUNK * RECORD_SECONDS)):
    data =

print("* done recording")


wf =, 'wb')

Firmwares for ReSpeaker Mic Array

You could download ReSpeaker Mic array firmwares for DFU here. We have provided two versions:

  • xvsm version : initial version, outputs 2 channels data with dsp support.
  • raw version : outputs 8 channels mic raw data, this firmware is without xvsm dsp support, so it does not support some functions such as DOA, AEC and so on.

Please see here for updating firmware on Mac or Linux.

HID for controlling ReSpeaker Mic Array

Users are able to controlling ReSpeaker Mic Array via USB HID. Please see our Communication protocol.

Note that if you are using the lastest raw version, you could only control the LEDs.

And here is an python example :

#!/usr/bin/env python

import respeaker.usb_hid as usb_hid

class MicArray:
    def __init__(self):
        self.hid = usb_hid.get()

    def write(self, address, data):
        data = self.to_bytearray(data)
        length = len(data)
        if self.hid:
            packet = bytearray([address & 0xFF, (address >> 8) & 0x7F, length & 0xFF, (length >> 8) & 0xFF]) + data
            packet = list(packet)

    def read(self, address, length):
        self.hid.write(list(bytearray([address & 0xFF, (address >> 8) & 0xFF | 0x80, length & 0xFF, (length >> 8) & 0xFF])))
        for _ in range(6):
            data =
            # print [int(x) for x in data]
            # skip VAD data
            if int(data[0]) != 0xFF and int(data[1]) != 0xFF:
                return data[4:(4 + length)]

    def to_bytearray(data):
        if type(data) is int:
            array = bytearray([data & 0xFF])
        elif type(data) is bytearray:
            array = data
        elif type(data) is str:
            array = bytearray(data)
        elif type(data) is list:
            array = bytearray(data)
            raise TypeError('%s is not supported' % type(data))
        return array

def main():
    import sys
    import struct

    mic = MicArray()

    print("Using: %s" % usb_hid.usb_backend)

    if len(sys.argv) < 3:
        print('Usage: python {} w 0x0 0x000003'.format(sys.argv[0]))

        if sys.argv[2].startswith('0x'):
            address = int(sys.argv[2], 16)
            address = int(sys.argv[2])

        if sys.argv[1] == 'w':
            if sys.argv[3].startswith('0x'):
                data = int(sys.argv[3], 16)
                data = int(sys.argv[3])

            if data > 0xFFFF:
                data = struct.pack('<I', data)
            elif data > 0xFF:
                data = struct.pack('<H', data)

            mic.write(address, data)
            print [int(x) for x in, 4)]
    except Exception as e:

if __name__ == '__main__':


Q1: How to get audio source direction from Mic Array with xvsm version firmware?

When using Windows, follow the guide or use our HID tool.

Python & C hidapi examples are here

Q2: How to use audacity to extract the 8 channels raw data on Windows?

Please select Windows WASA, here is the picture. If you want to switch firmware version from 0x032 to 0x082, before you do that, please uninstall your device in devices managment first. after uninstalling, update the firmware via DFU and reinstall the device.

Q3: How does Mic array communicate with Respeaker Core?

Mic array communicates with Respeaker Core through USB.

Q4: What does ReSpeaker-Microphone-Array-HID-tool VAD stand for?

Data Degree
1e, 0 30
e, 1 270
d2,0 210
96,0 150


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