I'm writing a wrapper Bash script for ARSS to make it easier to use. The program converts images to sounds and vice-versa but it only accepts 24-bit BMP images, which I was only able to produce using GIMP so far.

I'm looking for a way to convert any given image to a suitable BMP file so ARSS can process it. I tried ImageMagic's convert, but I wan't able to get the 24-bt color depth.

Here's my script:


# where is ARSS binary?

convert "$1" -depth 24 "$1.bmp"

$ARSS --quiet "$1.bmp" "$1.wav" --sample-rate 48000 --format-param 32 --sine --min-freq 20 --max-freq 20000 --pps 250

Here's the output:

$ ./warss.sh 01.png
The Analysis & Resynthesis Sound Spectrograph 0.2.3
Input file : 01.png.bmp
Output file : 01.png.wav
Wrong BMP format, BMP images must be in 24-bit colour

As you can see I tried using convert "$1" -depth 24 "$1.bmp" to get a 24-bit BMP image, but that doesn't work as I expected.

For reference, I get a proper file while exporting with GIMP:

enter image description here

And ARSS processes such a BMP file fine.

I cannot use that from the commandline however, and using GIMP's GUI every time defies the purpose of what I'm trying to achieve. I saw there's a way to use GIMP in headless mode by feeding it commands, but I don't know if I even need that.

Maybe there's just something simple I don't know?

1 Answer 1


According to an ImageMagick forum post, using -type truecolor may be the correct way to force the image to 24 bit:

convert "$1" -type truecolor "$1.bmp"

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