JS Dynamic Audio Synth
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Dynamic waveform audio synthesizer, written in Javascript.

Generate musical notes dynamically and play them in your browser using the HTML5 Audio Element.

No static files required. (Besides the source, of course!)


To see a demo of audiosynth in action, visit http://keithwhor.com/music/


Assuming audiosynth.js is in your current directory, import package using:

<script src="audiosynth.js"></script>


audiosynth implements a singleton class, AudioSynth. By default, the global (window) variable Synth is the instance of the class.

Any attempt to instantiate new AudioSynth object will only create references to the original object.

Synth instanceof AudioSynth; // true

var testInstance = new AudioSynth;
testInstance instanceof AudioSynth; // true

testInstance === Synth; // true

To use AudioSynth to generate .WAV files...

Synth.generate(sound, note, octave, duration);
    Will generate a base64-encoded dataURI wavefile (.WAV) containing your data.

        a numeric index or string referring to a sound profile (by id or name, respectively)

        the note you wish to play (A,B,C,D,E,F,G). Supports sharps (i.e. C#) but not flats.
        (Use the respective sharp!)

        the octave # of the note you wish to play

        the duration (in seconds) of the note

You can play notes instantly using...

    Same arguments as Synth.generate,
    only this creates an HTML Audio element, plays it, and unloads it upon completion.
Synth.play(sound, note, octave, duration);

You may also create individual instruments (objects that reference .generate and .play, bound to specific sounds).

var piano = Synth.createInstrument('piano');
piano.play('C', 4, 2); // plays C4 for 2s using the 'piano' sound profile

Sound Profiles

AudioSynth comes with four default sound profiles.

piano (id 0)

organ (id 1)

acoustic (id 2)

edm (id 3)

var acoustic = Synth.createInstrument('acoustic'); // play with your acoustic guitar!

Changing Settings

Poor performance? The default sampling rate for AudioSynth is 44100Hz (CD quality). This can be taxing on your browser.

To change the sampling rate, use Synth.setSampleRate(n) Please note that lower sampling rates will equate to poorer sound quality, especially for higher notes.

// Can only set values between 4000Hz and 44100Hz.
Synth.setSampleRate(20000); // sets sample rate to 20000Hz

Synth.getSampleRate(); // returns 20000

Volume a bit much? Adust the volume of the sample similarly.

Synth.setVolume(1.00); // set volume to 100%
Synth.setVolume(0.40); // no, wait, 40%.
Synth.setVolume(0.1337); // even better.

Synth.getVolume(); // returns 0.1337

Advanced Usage

Additional sound profiles can be loaded using Synth.loadSoundProfile()

// Load a sound profile from an object...
    // name it
    name: 'my_sound',
    // WIP: return the length of time, in seconds, the attack lasts
    attack: function(sampleRate, frequency, volume) { ... },
    // WIP: return a number representing the rate of signal decay.
    // larger = faster decay
    dampen: function(sampleRate, frequency, volume) { ... },
    // wave function: calculate the amplitude of your sine wave based on i (index)
    wave: function(i, sampleRate, frequency, volume) {
        Here we have access to...
        this.modulate : an array of loaded frequency
        this.vars : any temporary variables you wish to keep track of


A rough guide to waveform generation can be found at http://keithwhor.com/music/


If you're hanging on note generation (for default or custom sound profiles), use Synth.debug() to enable debugging.

This will log note generation times in your console.

Credits and Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Albert Pham (http://www.sk89q.com/) for Dynamic .WAV file generation, the work off of which this is based (http://www.sk89q.com/playground/jswav/) and Hasen el Judy (http://dev.hasenj.org/post/4517734448) for information regarding Karplus-Strong String Synthesis.

Further Reading

.WAV Audio Files


Sound Synthesis


"acoustic" sound profile generated using Karplus-Strong String Synthesis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karplus%E2%80%93Strong_string_synthesis http://music.columbia.edu/cmc/musicandcomputers/chapter4/04_09.php


Feel free to e-mail me at keithwhor at gmail dot com

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