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Reproduce seamless/gapless audio loops on HTML5/JavaScript without specific browser Audio APIs

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README.md

SeamlessLoop 2.0 for JavaScript

Reproduce seamless audio loops on HTML5 without specific browser Audio APIs.

Standard loop attribute is useless when you try to loop seamlessly without gaps in between. Here is an approach using intervals and "double buffer" Audio objects to achieve the seamless loop. Created inside a Main Software project.

It has been tested with wav files on Chrome 21, Firefox 15, and Opera 12.

Usage

  • Create the Seamlessloop object
var loop = new SeamlessLoop();
  • Add as many sounds as you will use, providing duration in miliseconds (sounds must be pre-loaded if you want to update the loop without gaps)
loop.addUri(uri, length, "sound1");
loop.addUri(uri, length, "sound2");
...
  • Establish your callback function that will be called when all sounds are pre-loaded
loop.callback(soundsLoaded);
  • Start reproducing the seamless loop:
function soundsLoaded() {
    var n = 1;
    loop.start("sound" + n);
};
  • Update the looping sound, you can do this synchronously (waiting the loop to finish) or asynchronously (change sound immediately):
n++;
loop.update("sound" + n, false);
  • Modify the seamless loop volume:
loop.volume(0.5);
loop.volume(loop.volume() + 0.1);
  • Stop the seamless loop:
loop.stop();

Notes

  • Reading files: To read a file easyly just use AJAX or a library like BinFileReader
var file = new BinFileReader("snd/sound.wav");
var fileContent = file.readString(file.getFileSize());
  • URI: In our context, we used wav files embedded in a data-uri. You can do this encoding your binary file to base64 with something like BASE64UTF8
var encoder = new BASE64UTF8();
var base64 = encoder.base64_encode(fileContent);
var mime = "audio/wav";
var uri = "data:" + mime + ";base64," + base64;
  • Length: The duration, in miliseconds, of the audio file to set up the intervals. You can hard-code it or get it using a decode library For PCM Wav files, you can use the library pcmdata.js, and calculate Math.floor(Data.length / SampleRate * 1000 / BytesPerSample)
var pcm = PCMData(fileContent);
var soundLength = Math.floor(pcm.data.length / pcm.sampleRate*1000 / pcm.bytesPerSample);

Known issues

  • Sometimes updating the loops too quickly makes some gaps.
  • Chrome works pretty well, Opera is a bit unstable with sporadic gaps, Firefox usually works well.

License

Copyright (c) 2012 Main Software, Written by Darío Tejedor Rico. Contact mail: hivenfour@gmail.com The source code is freely distributable under the terms of LGPL license. License details at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-3.0.txt

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