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The getChannelData() method of the AudioBuffer Interface returns a Float32Array containing the PCM data associated with the channel, defined by the channel parameter (with 0 representing the first channel).


var myArrayBuffer = audioCtx.createBuffer(2, frameCount, audioCtx.sampleRate);
var nowBuffering = myArrayBuffer.getChannelData(channel);


A Float32Array.


In the following example we create a two second buffer, fill it with white noise, and then play it via an AudioBufferSourceNode. The comments should clearly explain what is going on. You can also run the code live, or view the source.

var audioCtx = new (window.AudioContext || window.webkitAudioContext)();
var button = document.querySelector('button');
var pre = document.querySelector('pre');
var myScript = document.querySelector('script');

pre.innerHTML = myScript.innerHTML;

// Stereo
var channels = 2;
// Create an empty two second stereo buffer at the
// sample rate of the AudioContext
var frameCount = audioCtx.sampleRate * 2.0;

var myArrayBuffer = audioCtx.createBuffer(2, frameCount, audioCtx.sampleRate);

button.onclick = function() {
  // Fill the buffer with white noise;
  //just random values between -1.0 and 1.0
  for (var channel = 0; channel < channels; channel++) {
   // This gives us the actual ArrayBuffer that contains the data
   var nowBuffering = myArrayBuffer.getChannelData(channel);
   for (var i = 0; i < frameCount; i++) {
     // Math.random() is in [0; 1.0]
     // audio needs to be in [-1.0; 1.0]
     nowBuffering[i] = Math.random() * 2 - 1;

  // Get an AudioBufferSourceNode.
  // This is the AudioNode to use when we want to play an AudioBuffer
  var source = audioCtx.createBufferSource();
  // set the buffer in the AudioBufferSourceNode
  source.buffer = myArrayBuffer;
  // connect the AudioBufferSourceNode to the
  // destination so we can hear the sound
  // start the source playing


The channel property is an index representing the particular channel to get data for. An index value of 0 represents the first channel. If the channel index value is greater than of equal to AudioBuffer.numberOfChannels, an INDEX_SIZE_ERR exception will be thrown.


Specification Status Comment
Web Audio API
The definition of 'getChannelData' in that specification.
Working Draft  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support14 Yes25 No156
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support Yes14 Yes26 No15 ?

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