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Library for generating 16mm optical soundtracks with Processing.

Install library by downloading library as .zip, uncompressing and placing SoundtrackOptical in your Processing library directory. Note: When extracting the .zip, the folder may be named "SoundtrackOptical-master" and should be renamed "SoundtrackOptical" before installing. Start up (or restart) Processing to use this library in a sketch.

Supports mono audio only (at the moment, feel free to contribute).

Draws various kinds of 16mm soundtracks. Read about them here..

  • unilateral
  • dual unilateral (in progress!)
  • single variable area
  • dual variable area
  • multiple variable area (Maurer)
  • variable density

Example Usage

import processing.sound.*;
import soundtrack.optical.*;

SoundtrackOptical soundtrack;

String soundtrackFile = "../../data/barking.wav";
int dpi = 2400;
float volume = 1.0;
String type = "dual variable area";
String pitch = "long";
boolean positive = true;

void setup() {
  size(213, 620, P2D);
  soundtrack = new SoundtrackOptical(this, soundtrackFile, dpi, volume, type, pitch, positive);

void draw () {
  soundtrack.draw(0, 0);

Alternate usage

Use the frame(int x, int y, int frameNumber) method to draw specific frames--used for laying out multiple frames of soundtrack on a single screen.

void draw () {
	soundtrack.frame(0, 0, frameCount);
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