Bit Crush Effect

An audio signal consists of two components, amplitude and frequency. When an analog audio signal is converted to a digial representation, these two components are stored by a bit-depth value, and a sample-rate value. The sample-rate represents the number of samples of audio per second, and the bit-depth represents the number of bits used capture that audio. The bit-depth specifies the dynamic range (the difference between the smallest and loudest audio signal). By changing the bit-depth of an audio file, you can create rather interesting digital distortion effects.

import AudioKitPlaygrounds
import AudioKit

let file = try AKAudioFile(readFileName: playgroundAudioFiles[0],
                           baseDir: .resources)

let player = try AKAudioPlayer(file: file)
player.looping = true

var bitcrusher = AKBitCrusher(player)
bitcrusher.bitDepth = 16
bitcrusher.sampleRate = 3_333

AudioKit.output = bitcrusher

class PlaygroundView: AKPlaygroundView {

    override func setup() {
        addTitle("Bit Crusher")

            player: player,
            filenames: playgroundAudioFiles))

            property: "Bit Depth",
            format: "%0.2f",
            value: bitcrusher.bitDepth, minimum: 1, maximum: 24,
        ) { sliderValue in
            bitcrusher.bitDepth = sliderValue

            property: "Sample Rate",
            format: "%0.1f Hz",
            value: bitcrusher.sampleRate, maximum: 16_000,
        ) { sliderValue in
            bitcrusher.sampleRate = sliderValue

import PlaygroundSupport
PlaygroundPage.current.needsIndefiniteExecution = true
PlaygroundPage.current.liveView = PlaygroundView()