[plt-scheme] DrScheme and sound. Perhaps somebody did it.

From: John Clements (clements at brinckerhoff.org)
Date: Thu Oct 16 09:46:08 EDT 2003

On Thursday, October 16, 2003, at 08:53  AM, Eli Barzilay wrote:

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> On Oct 16, Jerzy Karczmarczuk wrote:
>> 1. My problem is that it seems that the *only* way to play sound by
>>    DrScheme is (play-sound wav_file). There is NO way to play an
>>    array, like in Matlab, where sound(...) takes an array and the
>>    sampling rate as parameters. It is exactly this, which bothers
>>    me. I believe that a low-level interface *is* simple indeed, but
>>    it is not there, so I asked whether anybody has some idea about.
>> 2. In this context the speed is not so relevant, if you manage to
>>    pump an entire unboxed sound vector into the device buffer, and
>>    if the device administrates its events in parallel with
>>    Scheme. The creation of sound patches might/would be slow, but
>>    probably acceptable. Mind you, such experiments with low-level
>>    sound producing were done on 6MHz 8-bit microprocessors...
> Both speed and memory consumption will be improved by the srfi/4
> stuff, and if the Windows API is as easy as that matlab thing, then
> you could probably write a very simple extension to play a
> homo-*-vector.

Actually, there's a (non-exp-tagged) collection named 'libsndfile' which
interacts with the publically available library of the same name to 
read &
write sound files into srfi-4 arrays.  Looks like it's all still 

There's nothing real-time about this stuff; when I was using it, I was 
just writing
the stuff to disk and playing it with play-sound.  Actually, though, it 
quite responsive; reading & writing 3-minute sounds didn't take more 
than 30
or 40 seconds, as I recall.

I'd be glad to bundle this collection up into a .plt file, if you like.


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