A JavaScript Sound API supporting MP3, MPEG4 and HTML5 audio + (experimental) RTMP, providing reliable cross-browser/platform audio control. BSD licensed.
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SoundManager 2: JavaScript Sound for the Web

By wrapping and extending HTML5 and Flash Audio APIs, SoundManager 2 brings reliable cross-platform audio to JavaScript.

HTML5 Audio() Support (Beta-ish)

* 100% Flash-free MP3 + MP4/AAC where supported, compatible with Apple iPad 3.2, iPhone/iOS 4
* Fallback to Flash for MP3/MP4 support, as needed
* SM2 API is unchanged, transparent; HTML5/flash switching handled internally
* HTML5 API support approximates Flash 8 API features, minus ID3, plus buffering
* Some other formats (WAV/OGG) supported via HTML5, depending on browser
* See soundManager.useHTML5Audio for implementation details.

Basic API Features (Flash 8)

* Load, stop, play, pause, mute, seek, pan and volume control of sounds from Javascript
* Events: onload, whileloading, whileplaying, onfinish and more
* ID3V1 and ID3V2 tag support for MP3s (title, artist, genre etc.)

Shiny Flash 9 Features

* RTMP / Flash Media Server streaming support (new, experimental)
* MPEG-4 (AAC, HE-AAC, H.264) audio support
* "MultiShot" play (layered/chorusing effects)
* Waveform/frequency spectrum data
* Peak (L/R channel volume) data
* Audio buffering state/event handling

General Tech Stuff

* Full API Documentation with examples and notes
* console.log()-style debug output and troubleshooting tools
* Community-based discussion/support

As heard on The Internets

A few nifty sites that have implemented SM2 for driving audio:

* Muxtape
* SoundCloud / The Cloud Player
* 8tracks
* Last.fm
* Opera (media player component)
* Discogs
* Mixcrate

Project home, documentation, live demos etc.:


Merged fork ( kjvarga: github.com/kjvarga/SoundManager2/ )

This SM2 fork contains the SoundManager2 implementation that is used on www.kazaa.com.

We added RTMP support to SM2 which is now part of the SM2 (experimental) branch as of V2.96a.20100606.

Downloads: www.schillmania.com/projects/soundmanager2/doc/download/

For more background on the addition of RTMP check out getsatisfaction.com/schillmania/topics/soundmanager_doesnt_support_rtmp

Our old branch of development has been moved to github.com/kjvarga/SoundManager2/tree/pre_merge.


In addition to the documented SM2 options, we have added the following.

New options to SM2:

  • ondebuglog callback called with every debugging message. Useful if you need to programatically have access to the debug logs. We use this in our automated reporting of stream failures for QA.

New options to createSound:

  • bufferTimes optional array of buffer times for double/multiple-buffering. Just specify an array of incrementing buffer sizes (in seconds) e.g. [0.5, 2, 8] for a half-second, then 2 second, then 8 second buffer. Buffers increment when full and reset to the smallest buffer when empty, or when starting to play an unbuffered portion of the stream.

  • onstats callback called with statistics including how long it took to connect to the server, and how long it took to play (useful for QA).

Our FMS server has some peculiarities that we have to deal with:

  • bytesLoaded is always 0 for a streaming sound

  • NetStream.Play.Stop is sent when it shouldn't

  • We cannot get the stream length using a typical getStreamLength call

  • We cannot get bandwidth information


  1. Set soundManager.debugFlash = true;

  2. Use a debug version of the SWF e.g. soundmanager2_flash9_debug.swf

  3. Open the Flash IDE. Open the SM2 source code files. Start a remote debugging session.

  4. Refresh the application in the browser (make sure caching is off).

  5. The SWF should connect to Flash and allow you to step through the source.

If it doesn't:

  1. Make sure that the Flash version you have installed supports debugging

  2. Make sure that the Flash debugger application is using the same version of Flash.


Project home, documentation, live demos etc.: www.schillmania.com/projects/soundmanager2/