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The ConvolverNode interface is an AudioNode that performs a Linear Convolution on a given AudioBuffer, often used to achieve a reverb effect. A ConvolverNode always has exactly one input and one output.

Note: For more information on the theory behind Linear Convolution, see the Convolution article on Wikipedia.

Number of inputs 1
Number of outputs 1
Channel count mode "clamped-max"
Channel count 2
Channel interpretation "speakers"


Creates a new ConvolverNode object instance.


Inherits properties from its parent, AudioNode.

A mono, stereo, or 4-channel AudioBuffer containing the (possibly multichannel) impulse response used by the ConvolverNode to create the reverb effect.
A boolean that controls whether the impulse response from the buffer will be scaled by an equal-power normalization when the buffer attribute is set, or not.


No specific method; inherits methods from its parent, AudioNode.

ConvolverNode Example

The following example shows basic usage of an AudioContext to create a convolver node.

Note: You will need to find an impulse response to complete the example below. See this Codepen for an applied example.


var audioCtx = new (window.AudioContext || window.webkitAudioContext)();
var reverb = audioCtx.createConvolver();

function base64ToArrayBuffer(base64) {
    var binaryString = window.atob(base64);
    var len = binaryString.length;
    var bytes = new Uint8Array(len);
    for (var i = 0; i < len; i++)        {
        bytes[i] = binaryString.charCodeAt(i);
    return bytes.buffer;


var reverbSoundArrayBuffer = base64ToArrayBuffer(impulseResponse);
audioCtx.decodeAudioData(reverbSoundArrayBuffer, function(buffer) {
  reverb.buffer = buffer;
function(e) {
  alert('Error when decoding audio data ' + e.err);



Specification Status Comment
Web Audio API
The definition of 'ConvolverNode' in that specification.
Working Draft  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support14 Yes25 No156
ConvolverNode() constructor55 ?53 No42 ?
buffer14 Yes25 No156
normalize14 Yes25 No156
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support1414 Yes26 No15 ?
ConvolverNode() constructor5555 ?53 No42 ?
buffer1414 Yes26 No15 ?
normalize1414 Yes26 No15 ?

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