The MediaStreamAudioSourceNode interface is a type of AudioNode which operates as an audio source whose media is received from a MediaStream obtained using the WebRTC or Media Capture and Streams APIs.

This media could be from a microphone (through getUserMedia()) or from a remote peer on a WebRTC call (using the RTCPeerConnection's audio tracks).

A MediaStreamAudioSourceNode has no inputs and exactly one output, and is created using the AudioContext.createMediaStreamSource() method.

The MediaStreamAudioSourceNode takes the audio from the first MediaStreamTrack whose kind attribute's value is audio. See Track ordering for more information about the order of tracks.

The number of channels output by the node matches the number of tracks found in the selected audio track.

EventTarget AudioNode MediaStreamAudioSourceNode
Number of inputs 0
Number of outputs 1
Channel count 2 (but note that AudioNode.channelCount is only used for up-mixing and down-mixing AudioNode inputs, and MediaStreamAudioSourceNode doesn't have any input)


new MediaStreamAudioSourceNode()

Creates a new MediaStreamAudioSourceNode object instance with the specified options.

Instance properties

In addition to the following properties, MediaStreamAudioSourceNode inherits the properties of its parent, AudioNode.

mediaStream Read only

The MediaStream used when constructing this MediaStreamAudioSourceNode.

Instance methods

Inherits methods from its parent, AudioNode.


InvalidStateError DOMException

Thrown if the stream specified by the mediaStream parameter does not contain any audio tracks.

Usage notes

Track ordering

For the purposes of the MediaStreamTrackAudioSourceNode interface, the order of the audio tracks on the stream is determined by taking the tracks whose kind is audio, then sorting the tracks by their id property's values, in Unicode code point order (essentially, in alphabetical or lexicographical order, for IDs which are simple alphanumeric strings).

The first track, then, is the track whose id comes first when the tracks' IDs are all sorted by Unicode code point.

However, it's important to note that the rule establishing this ordering was added long after this interface was first introduced into the Web Audio API. As such, you can't easily rely on the order matching between any two browsers or browser versions.

The MediaStreamTrackAudioSourceNode interface is similar to MediaStreamAudioSourceNode, but avoids this problem by letting you specify which track you want to use.


See AudioContext.createMediaStreamSource() for example code that uses this object.


Web Audio API
# MediaStreamAudioSourceNode

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