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Invalid channels' count not detected on OS X Lion #201

Ceylo opened this Issue Apr 8, 2012 · 1 comment


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Ceylo commented Apr 8, 2012

Running the following code :

#include <OpenAL/al.h>
#include <iostream>

int main()
    std::cout << alGetEnumValue("AL_FORMAT_51CHN16") << std::endl;
    return 0;

outputs -1 on Mac OS X 10.7.3 with integrated Intel audio chipset.

alGetEnum() is used in AudioDevice.cpp here :

int AudioDevice::getFormatFromChannelCount(unsigned int channelCount)

    // Find the good format according to the number of channels
    switch (channelCount)
        case 1  : return AL_FORMAT_MONO16;
        case 2  : return AL_FORMAT_STEREO16;
        case 4  : return alGetEnumValue("AL_FORMAT_QUAD16");
        case 6  : return alGetEnumValue("AL_FORMAT_51CHN16");
        case 7  : return alGetEnumValue("AL_FORMAT_61CHN16");
        case 8  : return alGetEnumValue("AL_FORMAT_71CHN16");
        default : return 0;

which results in incorrect error handling in SoundStream.cpp :

void SoundStream::initialize(unsigned int channelCount, unsigned int sampleRate)
    m_channelCount = channelCount;
    m_sampleRate   = sampleRate;

    // Deduce the format from the number of channels
    m_format = priv::AudioDevice::getFormatFromChannelCount(channelCount);

    // Check if the format is valid
    if (m_format == 0)
        m_channelCount = 0;
        m_sampleRate   = 0;
        err() << "Unsupported number of channels (" << m_channelCount << ")" << std::endl;

Audio then of course doesn't get played, but without any error message.

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LaurentGomila Apr 8, 2012


One more bug in the OS X implementation.

Fortunately, the workaround is easy.


LaurentGomila commented Apr 8, 2012

One more bug in the OS X implementation.

Fortunately, the workaround is easy.

LaurentGomila added a commit that referenced this issue Jul 10, 2013

Added a workaround for a bug in the OS X implementation of OpenAL (un…
…supported channel count no properly detected) (#201)
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