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Thread: How to play realtime raw PCM data?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Question How to play realtime raw PCM data?


    I have a question about playing raw PCM data in realtime and I wish someone here could help me on this. :-)

    The task I am going to do is to play some raw PCM data in my application. My first thought was to use the 'CL_SoundProvider_Raw' class. However, the problem of it is that this class doesn't provide an interface to 'update' the internal buffer; therefore, each time new raw PCM data being delivered (for example, from 'libvlc' library), I have to create a new 'CL_SoundProvider_Raw' object.

    So, my question is that creating a new 'CL_SoundProvider_Raw' object each time when a audio frame being delivered is indeed the optimized way of doing my task or there is actually another way to do this in Clanlib better than this?

    Please give me some thoughts on this.

    Best regards,


  2. #2
    Lesser Knight
    Join Date
    Mar 2009


    CL_SoundProvider_Raw is intended for playing sound that is already decoded and therefore it isn't suitable for streaming.
    Continuously creating/destroying a sound provider would likely lead to bad performance since it has to allocate and copy the user supplied buffer to an internal buffer.

    For a better solution, I'd recommend you implement CL_SoundProvider and CL_SoundProvider_Session interfaces first by overriding the virtual functions.
    Once you done that, register your sound provider with clanlib to make it available for loading via the more generic CL_SoundBuffer classes.

    Have a look at the soundprovider_wave/soundprovider_wave_session.cpp files in Source/Sound/SoundProviders to see how its done.
    Also look at setupsound.cpp to see how soundprovider is registered.

    If you follow Clanlib's "provider" pattern you should have no problem getting real time PCM streaming working.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Default Thank you!

    Hi huntercool,

    Thank you very much for your comment.
    I think your comment is very helpful and certainly, I will have a look at the classes you mentioned.

    Best regards,


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