Select an audio input device with the Speech SDK

Version 1.3.0 of the Speech SDK introduces an API to select the audio input. This article describes how to obtain the IDs of the audio devices connected to a system. These can then be used in the Speech SDK by configuring the audio device through the AudioConfig object:

audioConfig = AudioConfig.FromMicrophoneInput("<device id>");
audioConfig = AudioConfig.FromMicrophoneInput("<device id>");
audio_config = AudioConfig(device_name="<device id>");
audioConfig = AudioConfiguration.FromMicrophoneInput("<device id>");
audioConfig = AudioConfiguration.fromMicrophoneInput("<device id>");
audioConfig = AudioConfiguration.fromMicrophoneInput("<device id>");


Microphone usage is not available for JavaScript running in Node.js

Audio device IDs on Windows for Desktop applications

Audio device endpoint ID strings can be retrieved from the IMMDevice object in Windows for Desktop applications. The following code sample illustrates how to use it to enumerate audio devices in C++:

#include <cstdio>
#include <mmdeviceapi.h>

#include <Functiondiscoverykeys_devpkey.h>

const CLSID CLSID_MMDeviceEnumerator = __uuidof(MMDeviceEnumerator);
const IID IID_IMMDeviceEnumerator = __uuidof(IMMDeviceEnumerator);

constexpr auto REFTIMES_PER_SEC = (10000000 * 25);
constexpr auto REFTIMES_PER_MILLISEC = 10000;

#define EXIT_ON_ERROR(hres)  \
              if (FAILED(hres)) { goto Exit; }
#define SAFE_RELEASE(punk)  \
              if ((punk) != NULL)  \
                { (punk)->Release(); (punk) = NULL; }

void ListEndpoints();

int main()

// This function enumerates all active (plugged in) audio
// rendering endpoint devices. It prints the friendly name
// and endpoint ID string of each endpoint device.
void ListEndpoints()
    HRESULT hr = S_OK;
    IMMDeviceEnumerator *pEnumerator = NULL;
    IMMDeviceCollection *pCollection = NULL;
    IMMDevice *pEndpoint = NULL;
    IPropertyStore *pProps = NULL;
    LPWSTR pwszID = NULL;

    hr = CoCreateInstance(CLSID_MMDeviceEnumerator, NULL, CLSCTX_ALL, IID_IMMDeviceEnumerator, (void**)&pEnumerator);

    hr = pEnumerator->EnumAudioEndpoints(eCapture, DEVICE_STATE_ACTIVE, &pCollection);

    UINT  count;
    hr = pCollection->GetCount(&count);

    if (count == 0)
        printf("No endpoints found.\n");

    // Each iteration prints the name of an endpoint device.
    PROPVARIANT varName;
    for (ULONG i = 0; i < count; i++)
        // Get pointer to endpoint number i.
        hr = pCollection->Item(i, &pEndpoint);

        // Get the endpoint ID string.
        hr = pEndpoint->GetId(&pwszID);

        hr = pEndpoint->OpenPropertyStore(
            STGM_READ, &pProps);

        // Initialize container for property value.

        // Get the endpoint's friendly-name property.
        hr = pProps->GetValue(PKEY_Device_FriendlyName, &varName);

        // Print endpoint friendly name and endpoint ID.
        printf("Endpoint %d: \"%S\" (%S)\n", i, varName.pwszVal, pwszID);

    pwszID = NULL;

In C#, the NAudio library can be used to access the CoreAudio API and enumerate devices as follows:

using System;

using NAudio.CoreAudioApi;

namespace ConsoleApp
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var enumerator = new MMDeviceEnumerator();
            foreach (var endpoint in
                     enumerator.EnumerateAudioEndPoints(DataFlow.Capture, DeviceState.Active))
                Console.WriteLine("{0} ({1})", endpoint.FriendlyName, endpoint.ID);

A sample device ID is {}.{5f23ab69-6181-4f4a-81a4-45414013aac8}.

Audio device IDs on UWP

On the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), audio input devices can be obtained using the Id() property of the corresponding DeviceInformation object. The following code samples show how to do this in C++ and C#:

#include <winrt/Windows.Foundation.h>
#include <winrt/Windows.Devices.Enumeration.h>

using namespace winrt::Windows::Devices::Enumeration;

void enumerateDeviceIds()
    auto promise = DeviceInformation::FindAllAsync(DeviceClass::AudioCapture);

        [](winrt::Windows::Foundation::IAsyncOperation<DeviceInformationCollection> const& sender,
           winrt::Windows::Foundation::AsyncStatus /* asyncStatus */ ) {
        auto info = sender.GetResults();
        auto num_devices = info.Size();

        for (const auto &device : info)
            std::wstringstream ss{};
            ss << "looking at device (of " << num_devices << "): " << device.Id().c_str() << "\n";
using Windows.Devices.Enumeration;
using System.Linq;

namespace helloworld {
    private async void EnumerateDevices()
        var devices = await DeviceInformation.FindAllAsync(DeviceClass.AudioCapture);

        foreach (var device in devices)
            Console.WriteLine($"{device.Name}, {device.Id}\n");

A sample device ID is \\\\?\\SWD#MMDEVAPI#{}.{5f23ab69-6181-4f4a-81a4-45414013aac8}#{2eef81be-33fa-4800-9670-1cd474972c3f}.

Audio device IDs on Linux

The device IDs are selected using standard ALSA device IDs. The IDs of the inputs attached to the system are contained in the output of the command arecord -L. Alternatively, they can be obtained using the ALSA C library. Sample IDs are hw:1,0 and hw:CARD=CC,DEV=0.

Audio device IDs on macOS

The following function implemented in Objective-C creates a list of the names and IDs of the audio devices attached to a Mac. The deviceUID string is used to identify a device in the Speech SDK for macOS.

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>
#import <CoreAudio/CoreAudio.h>

CFArrayRef CreateInputDeviceArray()
    AudioObjectPropertyAddress propertyAddress = {

    UInt32 dataSize = 0;
    OSStatus status = AudioObjectGetPropertyDataSize(kAudioObjectSystemObject, &propertyAddress, 0, NULL, &dataSize);
    if (kAudioHardwareNoError != status) {
        fprintf(stderr, "AudioObjectGetPropertyDataSize (kAudioHardwarePropertyDevices) failed: %i\n", status);
        return NULL;

    UInt32 deviceCount = (uint32)(dataSize / sizeof(AudioDeviceID));

    AudioDeviceID *audioDevices = (AudioDeviceID *)(malloc(dataSize));
    if (NULL == audioDevices) {
        fputs("Unable to allocate memory", stderr);
        return NULL;

    status = AudioObjectGetPropertyData(kAudioObjectSystemObject, &propertyAddress, 0, NULL, &dataSize, audioDevices);
    if (kAudioHardwareNoError != status) {
        fprintf(stderr, "AudioObjectGetPropertyData (kAudioHardwarePropertyDevices) failed: %i\n", status);
        audioDevices = NULL;
        return NULL;

    CFMutableArrayRef inputDeviceArray = CFArrayCreateMutable(kCFAllocatorDefault, deviceCount, &kCFTypeArrayCallBacks);
    if (NULL == inputDeviceArray) {
        fputs("CFArrayCreateMutable failed", stderr);
        audioDevices = NULL;
        return NULL;

    // Iterate through all the devices and determine which are input-capable
    propertyAddress.mScope = kAudioDevicePropertyScopeInput;
    for (UInt32 i = 0; i < deviceCount; ++i) {
        // Query device UID
        CFStringRef deviceUID = NULL;
        dataSize = sizeof(deviceUID);
        propertyAddress.mSelector = kAudioDevicePropertyDeviceUID;
        status = AudioObjectGetPropertyData(audioDevices[i], &propertyAddress, 0, NULL, &dataSize, &deviceUID);
        if (kAudioHardwareNoError != status) {
            fprintf(stderr, "AudioObjectGetPropertyData (kAudioDevicePropertyDeviceUID) failed: %i\n", status);

        // Query device name
        CFStringRef deviceName = NULL;
        dataSize = sizeof(deviceName);
        propertyAddress.mSelector = kAudioDevicePropertyDeviceNameCFString;
        status = AudioObjectGetPropertyData(audioDevices[i], &propertyAddress, 0, NULL, &dataSize, &deviceName);
        if (kAudioHardwareNoError != status) {
            fprintf(stderr, "AudioObjectGetPropertyData (kAudioDevicePropertyDeviceNameCFString) failed: %i\n", status);

        // Determine if the device is an input device (it is an input device if it has input channels)
        dataSize = 0;
        propertyAddress.mSelector = kAudioDevicePropertyStreamConfiguration;
        status = AudioObjectGetPropertyDataSize(audioDevices[i], &propertyAddress, 0, NULL, &dataSize);
        if (kAudioHardwareNoError != status) {
            fprintf(stderr, "AudioObjectGetPropertyDataSize (kAudioDevicePropertyStreamConfiguration) failed: %i\n", status);

        AudioBufferList *bufferList = (AudioBufferList *)(malloc(dataSize));
        if (NULL == bufferList) {
            fputs("Unable to allocate memory", stderr);

        status = AudioObjectGetPropertyData(audioDevices[i], &propertyAddress, 0, NULL, &dataSize, bufferList);
        if (kAudioHardwareNoError != status || 0 == bufferList->mNumberBuffers) {
            if (kAudioHardwareNoError != status)
                fprintf(stderr, "AudioObjectGetPropertyData (kAudioDevicePropertyStreamConfiguration) failed: %i\n", status);
            bufferList = NULL;

        bufferList = NULL;

        // Add a dictionary for this device to the array of input devices
        CFStringRef keys    []  = { CFSTR("deviceUID"),     CFSTR("deviceName")};
        CFStringRef values  []  = { deviceUID,              deviceName};

        CFDictionaryRef deviceDictionary = CFDictionaryCreate(kCFAllocatorDefault,
                                                              (const void **)(keys),
                                                              (const void **)(values),

        CFArrayAppendValue(inputDeviceArray, deviceDictionary);

        deviceDictionary = NULL;

    audioDevices = NULL;

    // Return a non-mutable copy of the array
    CFArrayRef immutableInputDeviceArray = CFArrayCreateCopy(kCFAllocatorDefault, inputDeviceArray);
    inputDeviceArray = NULL;

    return immutableInputDeviceArray;

For example, the UID for the built-in microphone is BuiltInMicrophoneDevice.

Audio device IDs on iOS

Audio device selection with the Speech SDK is not supported on iOS. However, apps using the SDK can influence audio routing through the AVAudioSession Framework. For example, the instruction

[[AVAudioSession sharedInstance] setCategory:AVAudioSessionCategoryRecord
    withOptions:AVAudioSessionCategoryOptionAllowBluetooth error:NULL];

enables the use of a Bluetooth headset for a speech-enabled app.

Audio device IDs in JavaScript

In JavaScript the MediaDevices.enumerateDevices() method can be used to enumerate the media devices and find a device ID to pass to fromMicrophone(...).

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