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Re: Exposing a playbackPosition property on AudioBufferSourceNode

From: Chinmay Pendharkar <chinmay.pendharkar@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:39:29 +0800
Message-ID: <CACfUHLLYg2VEk550s0wwTK5DQwOi0sMiOq7EEkUpfKRFDE4xig@mail.gmail.com>
To: Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com>
Cc: "public-audio@w3.org" <public-audio@w3.org>
Thanks Chris.

I will try counting time. I'm guessing I'll have to somehow hook all
AudioParam methods and pre-calculate the index will be at the end of each
Processing Event.

OK. Agreed that sample accurate indices are not really going to be useful.
I understand the conflict between knowing the 'true' position of playback
and using it to do any kind of processing (especially on
the JavaScript side).

But it will be useful to know where the playback stopped after a "stop"
call. Or a rough estimate of the index could be useful to do some types of
synchronisation between two tracks (start the second one from where the
first left off, etc).  And since that index is already tracked internally,
it make sense to expose it instead of tracking and calculating it again
outside in JavaScript.

On a related note, would such a readonly parameter also be useful on the
OscillatorNode as well? Especially when used with a user provided
PeriodicWave. I haven't used PeriodicWaves much so I can't think of a use
case immediately, but SourceBufferNode with .loop set to 'true' and a
PeriodicWave do seem very similar in their working so it might be
applicable to the OscillatorNode as well.

I will file an issue on the spec later today.

Thanks again.


On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:17 AM, Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com> wrote:

> Hey Chinmay,
> Although I've specifically asked for this feature before - notably, in
> playing around with DJ software on Web Audio<http://webaudiodemos.appspot.com/wubwubwub/index.html>,
> I found this would have been really useful - because exactly as you said,
> it gets challenging to keep track of current time when playbackrate keeps
> changing (I *do* keep track in that app, even through linear ramps of
> playback rate, but the math starts getting more challenging when you use
> log ramps).
> However, I would point out that you're not likely to have "sample-accurate
> sample indices" - just because while you're off twiddling with something,
> the current time may change.  Also, you can't really hack at looping like
> this, for the same reason we don't can't really have an efficient
> "loopEnded" event - because it may happen at far too high a frequency for
> us to fire DOM events and expect results.  In keeping with the rest of the
> API, of course, this should be a time not a sample index.
> We could expose something that would be useful as you suggested - to know
> where the playback was when you called "stop", or to even to schedule ahead
> - but I'd caution against it being a panacea.  I'd also suggest that this
> should NOT be a writeable parameter, and certainly should not be an
> AudioParam - it would conflict with playbackRate then.
> Would you like to file an issue on the spec?
> https://github.com/WebAudio/web-audio-api/issues
> -Chris
> On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 12:51 AM, Chinmay Pendharkar <
> chinmay.pendharkar@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Let me first thank everyone in this group for all the work they've put
>> into the WebAudioAPI. I'm must say I'm enjoying using the WebAudioAPI both
>> as a developer and consumer.
>> I'm trying to implement a interactive effect/synthesis library using the
>> WebAudioAPI, and I found myself looking for a `playbackPosition` property
>> on the AudioBufferSourceNode which exposes the sample index which is being
>> played currently.
>> A simple use case would be to implement a pause like functionality on
>> AudioBufferSourceNode, which would allow the playback to resume at the
>> sample accurate position where it had been stopped (the `offset` property
>> in the start() method would be handy here) albeit using another instance of
>> AudioBufferSourceNode. There are many other situations where
>> AudioBufferSourceNode's playbackPosition would be useful, especially when
>> used with looping.
>> Using the currentTime to keep time to calculate the position doesn't work
>> if the playbackRate of the AudioBufferSourceNode is being changed.
>> I did find an old email on this list from 2011 talking about this. But
>> there didn't seem any other discussion about such a property.
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-audio/2011OctDec/0143.html
>> I haven't found any other method to get sample accurate playbackPosition.
>> Am I missing something? Or is this something that can be added to the WD?
>> -Chinmay Pendharkar
Received on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:40:18 UTC

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